I started to write this post in the morning, but the whole festivity thing got so crazy that I ended up cooking more than I planned. My boys were insistent on eating modaks. Modak is a sweet dumpling made with rice flour, jaggery and shredded coconut. I read up the procedure on the internet last night and the only thing that I knew would not work for me would be kneading the rice flour! I am not very comfortable working with the rice flour because I can never knead it to the right consistency.
So when my cook walked in this morning, I swapped tasks with her. I chose to make the entire lunch while she got the modaks ready and the stuffing for puran poli in place. I was around her when she was making the modaks, taking pics and noting the recipe.
Ready? Here is the recipe!
What you need
- Rice flour – 150 gms
- Water – as needed
- 1 cup of grated fresh coconut
- half a cup of grated jaggery
- 1 tsp of sugar
- chopped dry fruits – optional
Mix the rice flour and water to knead it to smooth ball of dough. It needs to be in a consistency where you can use a rolling pin to flatten it. Keep the dough aside covered with a damp cloth for 15 minutes.
Mix all the dry ingredients – the grated coconut, jaggery, sugar and the dry coconuts till it is a sticky paste. This is the stuffing for the dumplings/modak. You can adjust the sweetness by reducing the jaggery or omitting the sugar. Add the dry fruits and mix it well.
Make small balls of the dough and flatten it with a rolling pin. Place some stuffing in the middle of the rolled dough. Make 5-6 small pinches on the outside edges of the cup and join these edges together and form it into a peak.
Steam these for 15- 20 minutes and it is ready to eat!
You can view another variation of the filling for the modak in this post. Doesn’t it look positively yum!
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