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Ganesh Chathurthi Special: Mouth-watering & Unique Modak Recipes That You Can Prepare This Festival

Only a few days left for Ganesh Chaturthi and the whole country is gearing up to welcome god Ganesha with loud cheers of 'Ganapati Bappa Morya'. Preparations for ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ have already started with full swing. It’s a total 10-day festival with chanting of Vedic hymns, prayers, vratas, and offerings or prasadams being offered to the god of intellect and wisdom.  

As per Hindu mythology, it is written that Lord Ganesha was fond of sweetmeats and that’s why you can find different types of sweets offered to Lord Ganesha during the festival to impress him and seek his blessings. One of Lord Ganesha's favorite sweet is undoubtedly modak, a creamy delicious sweet. 

So we are here to help you to make Ganpati Bappa’s favorite food, modak. Here is the recipe prepared by Chef especially for this festival. 

MODAKALU RECIPE 
Ingredients 
1 cup of rice flour 
1 cup grated coconut 
1 dash powdered green cardamom 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 cup powdered jaggery 
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 

Step 1- 

Take a pan and add grated coconut in it. Dry roast the coconut and keep it aside. Now, take another pan and 1cup water in it. Bring it to a boil. Then, add jaggery and allow it to dissolve. When the jaggery mixture starts to thicken, add the roasted coconut. 

Step -2 

Mix well and bring the flame to medium-high. Then, add cardamom powder and stir well. After a few seconds, turn off the flame, remove and keep the mixture aside. Now to prepare the dough, add rice flour in a bowl and add 1 cup of hot water in it. Add sesame oil and salt. 

 Step-3 

Stir the mixture well and make sure that it is free of lumps. The dough should not be too tight. Now, take a portion of the dough and with the help of a rolling pin, shape them into small cups. Add a spoonful of the coconut-jaggery filling and close the edges of the dough by using your hands. Cover and then steam cook the modaks until done. Once done, transfer these little delights on a serving plate. Serve! 

RECIPE DRY FRUITS MODAK 
The mixture is made with nuts, dates, raisins, and dry coconut. 
1) First, take almonds and cashews in the grinder or food processor. If you want you can dry roast them as well, but it’s not compulsory to do so. 
2) Make a powder out of it by pulling them. 
3) Now add dates and raisins. 
4) Also, add dry coconut. 
5) Again, pulse it and make a coarse mixture. 
6) Now add ghee. 
7) Again, start pulsing and it will come together like a dough. If it is not coming together then you can add 1 teaspoon of water and pulse again. 
8) Remove that mixture into the plate. Grease the modak moulds with ghee. Start shaping them using mould. 

POHA MODAK 
1 glass poha 
½ cup Jaggery 
7-10 Cashews 
½ cup Coconut 
7-10 Almonds 
7-10 Unsalted Pistachio 
2-3 tbsp ghee 
Oil for deep frying 

Recipe: 
1. Soak the poha in water until it turned soft and it will take a few minutes, be sure the poha doesn’t get soggy. 
2. Drain excess water and make a smooth paste in the mixer. Keep aside. Put them in the mixer or cut them into smaller pieces. 
3. Now, heat the pan again and sauté the coconuts till they are semi-brown and add the jaggery to it. Cook until the mixture gets a nice brown color and is well cooked. Add the cashews, almonds, and pistachios and mix well. 
4. To make the modaks, take the smooth poha paste and shape into cups. Add the filling and seal the modaks. Deep fry the modaks or it can be served as it is. Poha modak is ready to be served. 



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