Traditional offering to Lord Ganesha – उकडिचे मोदक (Steamed modak) commonly prepared in every household and relished by kids and adults. Every Angarki Sankashti Chaturthi, I make these Ukdiche modaks for Lord Ganesha. Generally the number of modaks is either 7, 11 or 21.
- Rice Flour – 3 cups
- Water – 2 cups
- 1 entire grated Coconut
- Sugar – 2 cups
- Raisins – half cup
- Elaichi powder (cardamon powder) – 1 tsp
- Ghee – 1 cup
- Boil water in an utensil along with pinch of salt and one spoon of ghee. Once the water boils add in rice flour and switch off the burner. Stir the mixture rigorously and keep the dough mixture closed in that utensil for few minutes until it cools off a little.
- Then put some ghee on your palm and make the dough smooth by kneading the mixture.
- For the filling of the modaks, pour some ghee on a heated pan and add grated coconut. Mildly saute the coconut then add sugar and raisins.
- Once the sugar starts to melt switch off the burner and add raisins along with elaichi powder. You can add just a pinch of salt for taste.
- Now the process of making a shape of Modak is as follows:
- Firstly always coat your hands with ghee or oil to avoid the dough sticking to your hands. Make a round ball of the dough and then create a well for the filling.
- Insert small amount of filling and try to close the well of dough by gently pressing the edges of the dough together.
- For shape you can press it in a mold which is available easily in the market.