Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with tasty modaks

Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with tasty modaks

Modaks are Maharashtrian desserts in floral designs with sweet coconut-jaggery filling. They are cooked and exchanged during the Ganesh Chaturthi, which is one of the biggest annual festivals in the state. Check out the recipe of sweet modak.

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2 cups roast rice flour

3 cups water

1 cup grated coconut

½ cup jaggery

¼ tsp dried ginger and cumin powder

2 cardamom pods

½ tsp ghee

Salt as required

Oil as required


Boil the water with some salt and ghee (Water in which beetroot has been cooked too is added for colour)

Add the roasted rice flour gradually when the water boils rapidly

Lower the flame; stir and mix for 5 minutes

Turn off the flame and keep it aside

Heat ghee in a pan and roast the grated coconut

When the raw smell of the coconut is gone, add the jaggery syrup

Add the dried ginger-cumin powder when this mixture is still wet

Roast until the coconut-jaggery mix turns dry

Keep it aside

Wet the palms and mix the cooked rice flour into soft dough

Mix for at least 5 minutes

Make small balls and keep them aside for some time

Grease the rolling board with some oil

Rub flour on each ball and roll them into thin sheets

Cut two disks of different sizes from this sheet by pressing lids

Now place the smaller disc in a way its edge is on the centre of the bigger disc

Place the coconut-jaggery mixture on this

Fold the sheet into a floral shape

Cook in steam for at least 10 minutes

Tasty modaks could be prepared using moulds as well

Grease the mould with oil and fill it with dough and the filling

Press the mould to make floral shaped modaks

Cook them in steam.


There is a chance that the dough cracks while folding the modaks in floral shapes depending upon the consistency of the rice flour.

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