Fried Modak Recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

Fried Modak Recipe – it is deep fried or shallow fried modak recipe with sweet, chewy coconut stuffing and very crispy outside covering. It is served to Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi day.

Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

Traditionally modak’s outside cover it made from rice flour and it is steamed which is called Ukadiche Modak. But it is little difficult to make. You need lot of practice to make perfect shaped steamed modak. So I thought I should start sharing the easy version first. This is the best recipe to start with if you are beginner.

There are other variations as well like
mawa modak,
chocolate modak ,
coconut modak
malai modak.

I have adapted this recipe from a cookbook. It is loaded with all Indian sweets from all the regions. I am planning to make more recipes from this book.

For the outer layer, I have used all purpose flour and semolina. Semolina helps to make the layer crispy. And for the stuffing, I have used only frozen coconut and jaggery which makes simple basic stuffing. But you can also add some nuts or raisins or sesame seeds or poppy seeds.

I have shared step by step recipe to make delicious modak. So it will be easy for you to follow. If you fail making beautiful shaped modak. Don’t worry, just roll the disk, add stuffing and pinch all the edges together, seal it properly and fry. It won’t look same as shown here but still it taste same, so yummy.


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1) Take coconut, jaggery and cardamom powder in pan. Turn the heat on medium.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

2) Mix them well. And let it cook with stirring continuously.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

3) Jaggery will start to meld down. And cook it till mixture becomes semi-dry. It might take 4-5 minutes. Do not cook for longer time otherwise stuffing will become very hard.  Let the stuffing cool, meanwhile let’s make outer layer for modak.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

4) Take all purpose flour, semolina, salt in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of oil. And mix well with your fingertips.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

5) Add milk little a time and knead into stiff and smooth dough just.

Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

6) Cover the dough with damp kitchen towel and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

7) After 10 minutes, knead the dough once again; divide it into 10 equal portions. Roll each portion in a ball and flatten it out with your palms. Take one pressed ball on the rolling board and keep rest covered with the kitchen towel.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

8) Roll it using a rolling pin into 4 inch diameter circle. Keep the edges little thinner than the center part.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

9) Put some stuffing in the center. Apply some water or milk to the edges with pastry brush or with your fingertips.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

10) Now take it into your palm.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

11) Start pinching the edges as shown below with your finger and thumb.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

12) To make it perfect you need practice. More near you make the pleats more beautiful it looks.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

13) Now bring all the pleats together in the center very carefully.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

14) And then pinch them together to seal it properly.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

15) Do the same for all the modaks. When you are making last modak, at that time heat oil in pan on medium heat for deep frying or shallow frying.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

16) Oil should be medium hot. Check the oil by dropping a pinch of dough in the oil. If it comes on the top very immediately then oil is too hot. If it takes too long to come on top then oil is not enough hot. As you drop the dough in the oil, it will come on top after a second or two, this is the right temperature to fry the modak.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

17) Fry in the oil till it becomes golden brown and crispy from all the sides. Keep moving for even browning. I have shallow fried so I need to keep moving to make the brown from all the sides. But if you are deep frying then you might not need to move that much.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

18) Then remove it to the paper towel lined plate. Let it cool completely before serving.
Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

Serving suggestion: This fried modak is offered to lord Ganesha as a prasadam on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

Fried Modak Recipe - How to make fried modak for Ganesh Chaturthi
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Fried Modak Recipe (How to make fried modak recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 10 Modaks
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For the stuffing –

  • 1 cup Coconut shredded, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup Jaggery (Gur)
  • ¼ teaspoon Green cardamom seeds powder

For the cover –

  • ½ cup All purpose flour (Maida) you can substitute with whole wheat flour/ atta. Only difference is that it will become little dense because of the atta.
  • ¼ cup Sooji (rava or semolina)
  • a pinch Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons Milk
  • Oil for deep or shallow frying

Instructions

Making stuffing:

  1. Take coconut, jaggery and cardamom powder in pan. Turn the heat on medium.
  2. Mix them well. And let it cook with stirring continuously.
  3. Jaggery will start to meld down. And cook it till mixture becomes semi-dry. It might take 4-5 minutes.
  4. If making bigger batch then it will take some more time than mentioned. Do not cook for longer time otherwise stuffing will become very hard.
  5. Let the stuffing cool.

Making the dough:

  1. Take all purpose flour, semolina, salt in a bowl.
  2. Add a tablespoon of oil. And mix well with your fingertips.
  3. Add milk little a time and knead into stiff and smooth dough.
  4. Cover the dough with damp kitchen towel and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Making fried modak recipe:

  1. After 10 minutes, knead the dough once again.
  2. divide it into 10 equal portions. Roll each portion in a ball and flatten it out with your palms. Take one pressed ball on the rolling board and keep rest covered with the kitchen towel.
  3. Roll it using a rolling pin into 4 inch diameter circle. Keep the edges little thinner than the center part.
  4. Put some stuffing in the center. Apply some water or milk to the edges with pastry brush or with your fingertips.
  5. Now take it into your palm. Start pinching the edges as shown below with your finger and thumb.
  6. To make it perfect you need practice. More near you make the pleats more beautiful it looks.
  7. Now bring all the pleats together in the center very carefully. And then pinch them together to seal it properly.
  8. Do the same for all the modaks.
  9. When you are making last modak, at that time heat oil in pan on medium heat for deep frying or shallow frying. Oil should be medium hot.
  10. Fry in the oil till it becomes golden brown and crispy from all the sides.
  11. Keep moving for even browning.
  12. Then remove it to the paper towel lined plate.
  13. Let it cool completely before serving.

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