Modak recipe | How to make ukadiche modak with & without mould

Making a traditional Marathi style soft and juicy Ukadiche modak recipe at home with and without using mould for this upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Traditionally this sweet dumpling makes with a rice flour dough stuffed with coconut and jaggery filling in every Marathi home.

What is modak? Modak is a Maharashtrian festival sweet basically coconut jaggery stuffed, steamed rice flour dumplings served to Lord Ganpati as his prasad. According to Hindu Puran Lord Ganesha is named Modakapriya for his immense love towards Modak. In our old Sanskrit language, this sweet is also called Modakam.  Though it has a traditional connection with Maharashtra but popular in other Indian states too with different names.  Such as Modhaka in Karnataka,  Modhakam, or Kozhakkattai in Tamil Nadu and Kudumu in Andhrapradesh.

Today I’m presenting the recipe of the traditional version of ukadiche modak. In marathi language “Ukadiche” means steamed so it can be described as steamed modak too. As its dough is made of rice flour so it can also be called rice flour steamed modak or chawal ke atta ka ukadiche modak. Today I will share a very easy ukadiche modak recipe with the easy tricks to make it with mould and without mould (by hand).

ingredients of rice flour ukadiche modak

Here I’ve used a very unique method for making the rice flour dough and the coconut stuffing, which is a little different from a regular steamed modak recipe. As for making the stuffing, I first used khoya / mawa, grated coconut, jaggery, ghee, chopped cashew and almonds. Whereas, in the traditional method, with coconut and jaggery mix, only cardamom powder used to prepare the stuffing. Here I use a perfect ratio of nutmeg powder in the filling too. And lastly, for making a soft rice flour dough, half a cup of milk is my own addition also used with water, salt and ghee (used making in traditional recipes). 

Ingredients of ukadiche modak stuffing

Ganesha Chaturthi is the special worshipping day of Lord Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganapati is the God of wisdom and brilliance and is also known as Vighnaharta who demolishes all obstacles in our life. For the last 12 years, I have been worshipping Lord Vinayaka(one of his 108 names) in my House. We bring the idol of the Lord for Sthapana and welcome him with AArti Vandana and the shower with flowers. For the last 3 years, I have been preparing this special ukadiche modak on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. So this year I decided to share the recipe for my special stuffed modak in my blog post.

OrganicI idol of Lord Ganesha of our housing society on the Ganesh Chaturthi festival

Modak is pretty similar to our Bengali puli pithe or sweet dumpling. Where grated coconut and date palm jaggery stuffing is wrapped up in a soft rice flour dough which we generally serve in our Bengali festival “Pous Sankranti”. But the shape and taste of both are quite different.

This year must try this special ukadiche Modak for Ganpati Bappa’s puja and let me know your valuable comment in the comment section below about tis recipe.

You can even try my other Indian festival sweet recipes,

Chocolate Modak recipe

Malpua recipe

Tri color sweet barfi recipe

 Doodh peda recipe

Gajar ka halwa recipe

Milk powder gulab jamun recipe.

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to all of my friends, May Lord Ganesha brings good luck and happiness to you and your family.

How to make ukadiche modak (with & without mould) with step by step pictures

Modak Filling  

  • For making modak filling, take a pan and place it on medium heat and make it hot.
  • Then first add 2 tsp ghee to it and add the grated coconut (around 1 cup fresh or dry grated coconut) to the pan. Mix it well with ghee.
  • Add 2/3 cup jaggery or gur to the pan and mix it with other ingredients.
  • Let the jaggery completely melt down and incorporated it into the coconut.

adding jaggery with the coconut

  • Now add 1/2 cup grated khoya or mawa to the pan and mix it well.

adding khoya to coconut stuffing

  • Then add finely chopped cashew and almonds to the pan.

adding chopped dry fruits to coconut stuffing

  • lastly, add 1/4 tsp cardamom powder or 3-4 crushed cardamom pods and 1 pinch of nutmeg powder or grated nutmeg to it. Mix it nicely.

coconut stuffing with cardamom powder

  • Lastly, add 1/4 tsp cardamom powder or 3-4 crushed cardamom pods and 1 pinch of nutmeg powder or grated nutmeg to it.
  • Stuffing is ready. Don’t make the stuffing too dry. So turn off the heat.
  • Remove the filling from the pan and keep it on a plate to completely cool down.

coconut stuffing is ready for making modak

Modak dough 

  • For making a soft modak dough, first, in a vessel take 1+1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup milk and 1 tbsp ghee.
  • Place the vessel on high heat.

adiing water, milk and ghee in the pan for making the dough of modak

  • Now add 1/4 tsp salt to it and let it boil.
  • Once it starts boiling, slow down the flame to low heat.

water, milk, ghee mix with salt is boiling for making rice dough of modak

  • Then add 1 cup rice flour to the mixture and mix it quickly to make it lump-free.

adding rice flour to the water, milk, ghee mix with salt for making rice dough of modak

  • Stir it well for 2 mins and turn off the heat.

rice flour is mixed with the hot water, milk, ghee and salt mix for making modak

  • Cover it and keep it aside for 8-10 mins.

rice dough is kept in the pan before kneading

  • Remove the mix from the pan and keep it on a plate which is greased with little ghee.
  • Start kneading it with hand, as it is still hot enough, do kneading carefully. Turn it to be a soft dough.
  • Dough and stuffing are ready for folding the modakam.

ingredients are ready for folding modak

  • Prepare some equal size balls from the dough and cover them with a moist cloth to make sure the dough could not dry.

Shape modak by hand (without mould)

  • If you don’t have moulds, don’t need to worry. You may easily shape these Modaks just using your hands.
  • First, grease your palms with little ghee.
  • Then take a ball on your palm and press its center down with your thumb finger.
  • Slowly press the edges of the ball with your fingers to make a thin round-shaped disk.

making the bowl from the dough ball for making modak

  • Place 2-3 tsp stuffing in the centre of the disk.
  • Then again grease your fingers with ghee or with little water and start folding the disk.

dough bowl with coconut stuffing for making modak

  • Press one side of the edge of this disk, just imagine you are making a mouth of Diya or Deepam. As shown in the picture below.
  • The same way makes 6-10 Diya or Deepam mouth as per your choice. As shown in the pic.

how to fold the dough for making modak

  • Now first slightly press down the stuffing with the thumb finger.
  • Then take all the Diya or Deepam mouth together and gently join them by a slight twist and perfectly seal its mouth.
  • A cone-shaped modak will be ready with many pleates on its shell or cover.

Shape modak using mould

  • Take the mould, grease its inner part with ghee.

greasing modak mould

  • Now put a little dough into this mould.
  • Next, grease your pointer finger and make a deep hole into the dough and push the dough towards the wall of the mould to get the prominent shape of that mould.
  • Obviously, we don’t need much thick cover as due to the use of rice flour in the dough, a thick cover can make the dumpling hard after steaming. 

rice dough in the modak mould

  • Fill the modak with coconut stuffing and then seal its bottom with a little portion of dough.
  • Seal it perfectly that the stuffing should not come out in any way.

add coconut stuffing and sealed the bottom of modak in the mould

  • Then slowly open the mould and take out the Modakam from the mould.

Made Modak with mould

  • Rice flour Modakam is ready. Repeat the process for making all the batches.

Ukadiche modak made in mould

How to steam modak (with & without a steamer)

  • If you don’t have a steamer for making this sweet don’t worry I have an easy solution.
  • Take a bowl with 1+1/2 cups of water and place it on the heat. Let it boil.

Colander pan used to steam modak

  • Then take a colander, and grease it with oil or ghee. Here I’ve spread some beetle leaves on the bottom of the colander. You can apply banana leaves too.

Ukadiche Modak is on steamer

  • Now simply place the modaks in the greased colander and cover it with a tight lid. Slow down the flame.

Steamed ukadiche modak

  • Then Steam it for 8-10 mins. After 10 mins remove these sweets from the steamer and in the same way steam all modakam.
  • Ganesh chaturthi special traditional Marathi style soft juicy ukadiche modak is ready.
  • Serve these modaks to Ganapati Bappa on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganapati Bappa Morya.

Modak recipe | How to make ukadiche modak with & without mould

Recipe by Moumita PaulCourse: Desserts/Sweets, RecipesCuisine: Marathi, IndianDifficulty: Moderate
Servings

12-14

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Modak is a soft and juicy sweet steamed dumpling, a traditional homemade sweet dish of Maharastra mainly prepared for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Made with a rice flour dough stuffed with coconut & jaggery filling and steamed to get perfection. 

Ingredients

  • For making ukadiche modak stuffing
  • 1 cup Grated coconut (Fresh / Dry)

  • 2/3 cup jaggery / Gur

  • 1/2 cup khoya / Mawa

  • 10 Cashew nuts

  • 10 Almonds nuts (finely chopped)

  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder

  • 1 pinch of Nutmeg powder

  • 2 tsp Ghee or clarified butter

  • For making the dough of modak
  • 1 cup of Rice flour (Store bought / Homemade)

  • 1+1/2 cup of Water

  • 1/2 cup Milk

  • 1 tbsp Ghee or clarified butter

  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Instruction

  • Making Modak Stuffing
  • To make the stuffing, place a pan on medium heat and make it hot.
  • Add 2 tsp ghee to it and add the coconut(around 1 cup fresh or dry grated coconut) to the pan. Mix it well with ghee.
  • Add 2/3 cup jaggery or gur to the pan and mix it with other ingredients.
  • Let the jaggery completely melt down and nicely mixed with coconut.
  • Then add 1/2 cup grated khoya or mawa to it and mix it well.
  • Add finely chopped cashew and almonds to the pan.
  • Lastly, add 1/4 tsp cardamom powder or 3-4 crushed cardamom pods and 1 pinch of nutmeg powder or grated nutmeg to it. Mix it nicely.
  • Stuffing is ready. Don’t make the stuffing too dry. So turn off the heat.
  • Remove the filling from the pan and keep it on a plate to completely cool down.
  • Making Modak Dough
  • For making the dough, take a vessel with 1+1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup milk, and 1 tbsp ghee to it
  • Place the vessel on high heat.
  • Add 1/4 tsp salt and bring the mixture to boil.
  • When the mixture starts boiling, slow down the flame to the minimum heat.
  • Then add 1 cup rice flour to the mixture and mix it quickly to make it lump-free.
  • Stir the mix well for 2 mins and turn off the heat.
  • Cover the mixture for 8-10 mins.
  • Remove the mix to a plate, which was greased with little ghee.
  • Start kneading the mixture with your hand, as it is still hot enough, do it carefully. Turn it to be a soft dough.
  • Now rice dough and coconut stuffing are ready for folding the modakam.
  • Prepare some equal size balls from the dough and cover them with a moist cloth to make sure the dough could not dry.
  •  How to shape it by hand (without mould)
  • If you don’t have modak moulds, don’t need to worry. You may easily shape these dumplings just using your hands.
  • Grease your palms, take a ball, and press its centre down with your thumb finger.
  • Slowly press the edges of the ball with your fingers to make a thin round-shaped disk.
  • Put 2-3 tsp stuffing in the centre of the disk.
  • Then again grease your fingers with ghee or with little water and start folding the disk.
  • Press one side of the edge of this disk, just imagine you are making a mouth of Diya or Deepam.
  • In the same way makes 6-10 Diya or Deepam mouth along its edges, as much as possible.
  • First, slightly press down the stuffing with the thumb finger.
  • And take all the Diya or Deepam mouths together and gently join them by a slight twist.
  • Then press its mouth with your fingers to seal it perfectly.
  • How to shape modak using a mould
  • To shape it using a mould,fFirst, grease the inner wall of the modak mould with ghee.
  • Then, put a little dough into this mould.
  • Grease your pointer finger to make a deep hole into the dough and push the dough towards the wall of the mould to get the prominent shape of that mould.
  • Fill the modak with coconut stuffing and then seal its bottom with a little portion of dough.
  • Seal it perfectly, to make sure that the stuffing should not come out in any way.
  • Slowly open the mould and take out the modak from the mould.
  • Modak is ready, repeat the process until all the batches are done.
  • How to steam modak (with & without a steamer)
  • If you don’t have a steamer for making this dumpling, don’t worry I have an easy solution.
  • Take a bowl with 1+1/2 cups of water and place it on the heat. Bring the water to a boil.
  • Grease the colander (bowl contains holes) or steamer with ghee or oil or spread some beetle leaves or banana leaves or moist cloth on the bottom of the colander or steamer.
  • Place the modaks into the colander or steamer and cover it with a tight lid. Slow down the flame.
  • Steam the modaks for 8-10 mins and in the same way steam all the modaks.
  • Ganesh chaturthi special traditional Marathi style soft juicy ukadiche modak is ready.
  •  Cool down the modak and serve it to Ganapati Bappa.

Notes

  • Good quality superfine rice flour is required to make this recipe. Even you can make rice flour on your own at home.
  • Always cover the dough with a moist cloth to prevent it from drying up. If the dough got dry, modak gets broken while folding.
  • For folding and sealing the modakam, instead of ghee, you can moist your fingers with little water too.
  • If you are a beginner then better to make the modak by using a mould. As a lot of practice needs to make by hand.
  • Even can make the dough with flour or maida. Then you can use hot milk or water to knead the dough and make a puri like soft dough.
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