Modak is a very popular Indian Sweet and more importantly considered as a indispensable offering for Lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha is called 'modaka priya', meaning He like modaks very much. By most Hindu devotees, the celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi (Vinayaka Chavithi) is considered incomplete with out offerign Modaks (Called as Undrallu in the South) to the Lord. So here is the recipe for preparing Modak.
- 3 cups Rice Flour
- 6 cups Water
- 6 tsp Oil
- 4 cups Grated Coconut
- 2 cups Sugar or Powdered Jaggery
- A little Milk
- Bring the water to a boil and add oil into it for the outer covering. Take off heat.
- Now add the rice flour, little by little to avoid lumps and cover the mixture and let it cool.
- When cool, knead it well into dough with a smooth finish in such a way that it should sparkle.
- Now take the coconut and Jaggery / sugar in a heavy-bottomed pan for the stuffing. Add milk. Keep on low flame with stirring. Stir and take off heat.
- The mixture should be fairly dry and turn a shade darker. Now make balls with the (covering) dough.
- Flatten them on the palm or on a surface into a circle. Place the stuffing in it and cover it completely with the dough.
- Fold the edges tapering to the centre. Now steam-cook the modaks in a cooker for 15 minutes until done.