Modak – a traditional maharashtrian sweet dish offered to lord ganesha on the occasion of ganesh chaturthi festival.
For the outer covering or shell:
2 cups whole wheat flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp warm oil
Water to knead the dough
For the inner filling:
1.5 cups grated or powdered jaggery
1.5 cups fresh grated fresh coconut or unsweetened dessicated coconut
1 or 2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
1 or 1.5 tsp cardamom powder or crushed cardamom
A pinch or two of grated nutmeg (optional)
½ or ¾ cup water
How to make the recipe:
Preparing the covering
With the ingredients mentioned for the outer covering, make smooth dough.
Cover and keep the dough aside for 20-30 minutes.
Preparing the filling:
Mix all the filling ingredients.
Cook and stir on a low or medium flame till the mixture is dry and cooked.
Keep aside to cool.
Preparing & shaping the modaks:
Take a small ball from the dough.
Roll thinly in to a circle of about 3-4 inches diameter.
Gently take this circle on your palm.
Now add the filling in the center.
Pinch the edges one by one.
Bring together all the pinched folds in the center.
Shallow or deep fry the modaks in medium hot oil till golden browned.
Drain on kitchen tissues.
Instead of whole wheat flour, you can also use all purpose flour or maida or half-half of both.
Make sure you seal the modak well. any small opening will lead to the filling being drained in the oil while frying.