Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all my dear friends,
Yes, today is the day of deity. The eternal Lord who takes away all the obstacles and brings health, wealth and prosperity – Yes its our Ganpati Bappa. I remember looking out for Bappa everywhere ever since I was too little. He is also known as Ganesh or Vinayaka.
Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi first originated at Maharashtra which was later moved to other states as well. It is widely celebrated throughout the Indian nation with full faith and belief. An annual festival honors Ganesha for ten days, starting on this day (Ganesha Chaturthi) which typically falls in late August or early September. During this day, devotees offer number of offerings to the Lord which also includes Modak, Laddu, Sheera,Halwa, Payasam, Poori and Aloo. Devotees worshiping also sustain fasting for the God and happy to say that I am also the one fasting this year.
So, I did get up early morning and started preparing for the rituals. I Know that Ganesh Ji loves Modak and what would be better start than this. I had all the ingredients ready for the same, however, I made one small mistake with the proportion of water and flour due to which I had to go through the same process again. But, you learn from your mistakes and I am happy that I was able to offer deluctable Modaks to Lord Ganesh.
So, without much ado lets start the recipe!! Please do remember to follow the measured quantity to avoid any rework.
- Water – 1 cup
- Rice Flour – 1 cup
- Ghee – 2 tablespoons
- Salt – A pinch
- Jaggery Powder – 150 gms
- Shredded Coconut – 100 gms
- Poppy seeds – 1 tablespoon
- Dry Fruits – chopped 20 gms
- In a pan, add 1 cup water, 1 tbsp ghee and pinch of salt. bring it to boil. Once the water starts boiling, add in the Rice Flour and mix it for 1 min in 1 direction .
**I added 1 and 1/2 cup of water in the first attempt and the dough got too sticky. As a result, all my modaks broke apart 🙁
2. Allow the flour mix to cool down. Once cooled down, start kneading the same. Apply some oil on your palm, and start to make a soft dough out of the same.
3. Make sure there are no lumps in the dough and it should be soft enough. Keep it aside and start working on the filling.
4. In another cooking pan, add 1 table ghee and roast the poppy seeds. Keep it aside. Now, in the same pan add the Jaggery Powder and shredded coconut and fry for another 10 minutes.
** If you do not have Jaggery Powder, add in the Jaggery rock itself and melt it in ghee. This makes the filling even more consistent.
5. Now, from the already prepared dough, make small balls and press it with your palm. Softly start pressing the ends of the dough. Put the jaggery and coconut filling inside it and close/seal the ends. You can alternatively use the modak shaper to shape the modaks. I did use my hand and trust me it worked 🙂
6. Repeat the same process for all the balls. With this quantity, you would be able to make about 7-8 modaks.
7. In a steamer, steam the modak for 8-10 minutes and allow it to cool down for sometime.
Modak is now ready to be served 🙂
Please do try this recipe at home during the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Please let me know in the comment section below if you like or not. Please also do follow me on WordPress and Instagram @aanchal6867.