Monday, June 25, 2007


Modak in June you say? I know, I know, the Ganesh festival is still over 2 months away, but when Nupur called for Marathi recipes for the RCI June: Maharashtrian Cuisine event, I just had to make this incredible little pockets of pure joy for this very special event! This event started by Lakshmi of Veggie Cuisine is awesome where it calls for bloggers to post regional recipes once a month. This month its my state, Maharashtra's turn so decided to add a little picture of me in a super traditional outfit called the navvari saree which is a nine, yes NINE yard saree which used to be worn by women in the olden days.

Ok, I digress, now on to the real purpose of this post, MODAKS!! Modaks are traditionally made during the Ganesh festival. Without this special treat which is supposed to be Lord Ganesha's favorite food, this festival is just not complete!!
My mom and grand mom also used to make modaks on Chaturthi fasting days, where they fasted all day long with no food or water!! Once they saw the moon rise in the evening they would be able to end the fast with what else, Modaks! This was truly a fun tradition, where there were 21 modaks made specially for the fast ending ceremony. Now of these 21 modaks, only ONE modak had salt in it..yup, not sugar but salt. So the idea was that one keeps eating the modaks till they reach the salted modak and ofcourse the person fasting as the others had no idea which one had the salt as they were all randomly mixed!
While all this was going down, we kids would sit around the person fasting watching with eager eyes, and drooling tongues as none of us were allowed to eat the modaks till the fast ending ceremony was complete. Aah the torture!!! We would pray and pray that the 1st modak my mom/grand mom picked would be the one with salt so that we would be able to get all the remaining modaks...yes we were true hogs!!

This is my recipe for quick Modaks. Modaks are of 3 kinds really: Ukadiche made with rice flour, Kankiche made of wheat flour and steamed, and Tallele which are made of wheat flour and then deep fried. The latter is the easiest to make and thats the one I am making today!
For the outer covering
1. 2 cups whole wheat flour
2. 1 cup water (adjust according to the consistency of the dough)
3. 1 teaspoon oil
4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Filling & Assembly
1. 2 cups shredded coconut (fresh is preferred. If not, you can use the dry dessicated coconut)
2. 1 cup powdered sugar
3. 1/2 cup ghee
4. 1/2 a pinch of cardamom powder
5. Pinch of salt
6. 3 tbsp Oil for frying

Outer Covering
1. In a bowl, add the water, oil and salt to the flour. Knead into a pliable dough. Keep aside and cover with a wet cloth
1. In a heated pan add the ghee and let it warm up
2. To this add the coconut and roast for a minute. Add the sugar, salt and cardamom powder and roast well
3. Remove and let cool
Final Assembly

1. Make small balls from the dough. Roll the dough into small round puris
2. Scoop up a spoonful of the filling and place on the puri
3. Roll it up to look like the one on the picture above
4. Heat oil in a frying pan. When oil is heated, fry the modaks till golden brown
Serve with ghee.

Enjoy :)


Nupur said...

Dhana, you look too adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing that picture, it is precious!
The anecdote of the salty modak is too funny. Thanks for a wonderful post and a great recipe.

Asha said...

WOW!! You dressed up for the part too.You look beautiful.How nice of you.Great job Dhana!

Dhana said...

Thanks Nupur! I had a lot of fun particpating...Already love part 1 of the roundup!!

Asha, awww thanks so much!!

bee said...

you look adorable, dhana.

TheCooker said...

Dhana, you look abs beautiful!
The modak totally take a back seat here.

Dhana said...

Bee, Cooker you guys made my day!! Thanksss :)

Richa said...

hey, you look so beautiful in the navvari pattal :) wow, draping it must have been a tough job, right?
love those modaks, in fact the filling is so tasty in itself.

Mahek said...

Dhana ,
you are really looking gorgeous in the saree with the nath.
Thesw modaks are usually made in my moms house
and they are really yummy!!!!

Sharmi said...

you have a nice blog and beautiful , traditional recipes. I loved all your RCI entries.

Sharmi said...

oh is that your pic?? you look so pretty.

Dhana said...

Richa, thankfully had an elderly lady drape the saree for me. Warna with me draping it would have been a whole different story ;).

Thanks Mahek. They really are good. I always wonder why we don't make them more often :)

Thanks SO much Sharmi!! That is my pic where I was part of some welcome committee for a Maharashtra Mandal thingie here!

sandeep said...


First time in my life i made an attempt to make modak for Lord ganapati, and being alone in Australia with no culinary skills to back me up i googled for the recipe using wheat flour. Your recipe came up top on list and i did gain lot of confidence reading it and had a go. It did turn out well and thought of leaving a word of appreciation for you and your site. May Lord Ganesha bestow his choicest blessings on you and your family. Thank you.