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Bindiya Sharma
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Prep Time
40 minutes
Cook Time
8 People
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This traditional Indian sweet is prepared in every home in Maharashtra during Ganesh Chaturthi and tastes simply delicious.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Festive
  • Maharashtra
  • Snacks

Ingredients Serving: 8

  1. 2 cups rice flour
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1 cup grated jaggery
  4. A pinch of nutmeg
  5. 1 & 1/2 cups of grated coconut
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  7. A pinch of saffron
  8. 2 tablespoons of ghee


  1. Boil water in a pan. Meanwhile take a bowl and add the rice flour to it. Pour in the boiled water and mix well to make a rough dough with a spatula.
  2. Wait for it to cool down a bit and then knead really well with your hands. Cover the dough and keep it aside for 10-15 minutes.
  3. To make the filling, heat a heavy pan and add jaggery. Stir continuously until it starts melting on a low flame else it might burnt.
  4. Now add in the nutmeg, cardamom powder and grated coconut. Stir well for 2-4 minutes till the filling is dry. Keep aside for sometime to cool.
  5. Grease the modak moulds with ghee on all 3 sides, take a small portion of the dough and spread it inside the mould with a finger.
  6. Pinch off more dough and spread well on all 3 sides leaving a "cavity" in between.Add 1 tablespoon or so of the filling into the dough cavity created.
  7. Pinch off more dough to cover and seal off the base completely. You can however shape the modaks with your hands also.
  8. Unmold carefully.Make all the modaks and then put them on a muslin cloth/banana leaf/foil.
  9. Steam the modaks for 15 minutes and serve.

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Deepbala Arora
Deepbala Arora   Feb-03-2018

Madhavi Telange
Madhavi Telange   Sep-02-2015

had made it yesterday for sankashti

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