Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ukadiche Modak ( Steamed dumplings filled with coconut & jaggery mixture) plus an Award :)

Sankashti Chaturthi is a fourth day of Krishna Paksha(Dark fortnight) during every month in Hindu Calendar. Sankashti which falls on Tuesday is known as specially auspicious. It is called as "Angaraki Chaturthi". This last tuesday was Angaraki chaturthi. On Angaraki Chaturthi many observe fast and have their meal only after moon rise. This is a day we pray to Lord Ganesha. And Ganesh Puja is incomplete without offering of his favorite Modak. This sweet is always prepared as prasad on Ganesh Chaturthi. Ukadiche (Steamed) Modak are Maharashtra's wonderful delicacy. Just looking at these Modaks brings smile on my face :)

Another thing which brought smile to my face was these beautiful Awards shared with me by my dear blogger friend Jyoti (http://theveggiehut.blogspot.com/). Thank you so much Jyoti! You have such a lovely blog. Thanks alot for remembering me. So Sweet of you!



Here goes the recipe!
Ingredients:
1 cup fresh grated coconut
1 cup crushed jaggery
1 cup rice flour
3-4 tsp oil
salt

Method:
  1. First we need to prepare filling. For that, in deep kadhai take grated coconut and jaggery. Heat this mixture over low-medium heat.
  2. Keep stirring this frequently. Soon jaggery will start melting. Heat this till jaggery and coconut mixes properly and nice homogeneous mixture is formed. Turn off the heat and let this mixture cool down.Our filling is ready now!
  3. Now we need to make cover. Make this just before you want to prepare modak. We can not prepare and keep this dough aside.
  4. In a deep kadhai bring to boil 1 cup of water. When it starts boiling add 2 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp salt.
  5. Lower the heat and add rice flour immediately. While you are adding rice flour , keep stirring mixture with other hand. Mix this quickly taking care that lumps are not formed. Cover with a lid for a minute.
  6. Switch off the heat and take dough in a plate. Apply oil to your palms. Now when dough is still hot, knead well. Don't forget to apply oil on hands. Knead this dough properly so that no cracks are present on dough.
  7. Cover dough immediately. Take care that dough is warm till we complete preparing modak.
  8. Make a lemon sized ball of this dough. Keep remaining dough covered. Apply little oil to hands. With both hands, flatten ball of dough to make it in a shape of Puri. Thickness should be little thicker than puri.
  9. Keep coconut filling( approximately 1 1/2 tbsp) at the center of this.
  10. Pinch edges at 4-5 places. Bring all edges together at the center and close them at the top. Make remaining modak with the same procedure.




     11. For steaming, take a stainless still sieve and apply little oil to its bottom. Keep modaks inside this sieve taking care they do not stick to each other.
     12.  In deep vessel add water so that vessel is filled 1/4 th. Keep sieve with Modaks on top of the vessel.
     13. Cover sieve with a lid. Heat vessel for 10-12 minutes till Modak get steamed.

Delicious Modaks are ready. Serve hot with ghee on the top.

Preparation time: 1 hour

28 comments:

meeso said...

I don't wanna try making these, so I'll just have a plateful of yours :D

kitchen queen said...

lovely tempting modak with a nice click.

Devi Meyyappan said...

Hi Renuka... Nice modaks :).. looks perfectly done!.. and thank you for the information accompanying it:).. Congrats on the well-deserved awards! :).... I've always wanted to try modaks, will try yours sure:) thank you!

Pavithra said...

wonderful modaks and nice click also... I love it so much. congrats on your well deserved award dearie...

Jagruti said...

Hey Renuka

congrats on your award !!!really tempting and yummy modak,i've never tried them, so this is the good time to try and use your recipe...

Priya said...

Congrats on ur award Renuka...modak looks fabulous..send me some..:)

Siddhi S said...

wow i love this ukdiche modak...yummmy thy look...congrats for ur awards renuka

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!!! modaks look really yumm and Congrats on your well deserved awards:)

SE said...

hey..thnx for stopping by at my blog and for wonderful comments...congrats on u r awards...modaks look very delicious!

Aparna said...

congrats on ur award desr..my mum used to prepare this :)

AshKuku said...

Lovely modaks deary..... I have loved them forever... I wanted to prepare them or rather steamed goodies.... but it never happened till date.... I will some time surely..... And thanks for all the love shared on my post.... Gr8 Going!!!! Take Care....

Ash....
(http://asha-oceaichope.blogspot.com/)

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Modak looks cute and yummy...congrats for the award...thanks for visiting, hope we will stay in contact...

BeenaShylesh said...

looks great....yummmy...

Sowmya said...

congrats on your awards dear..n modak looks yummy,mouthwatering..

Simply Life said...

oh I love these and would love to try making them at home - thanks!

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice one,i usually fry modaks and use sugar instead of jaggary but will try ur version too...thanks for sharing and congraz on all your awards renuka..

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Thanks alot all for your sweet wishes and comments!

SriLekha said...

wow! it looks delicious!

join with us in the EFM-Mutton Series going in my blog!Deadline for the event is 15th of February! Visit http://www.srishkitchen.com/2009/12/efm-mutton-series.html for more details

Nithu Bala said...

Congrats Dear on the awards :-) Modak looks too tempting..

ARUNA said...

Congrats once again on ur awards and dumplings look nice!

Ramya Manja said...

Wow Congratulations dear....ur blog is shaping very well...Modak my fav dessert among many and the good part is I have tasted ur maodak,so I can very well vouch for it...It tastes just splendid...

Thanks for sharing the recipe...

Babli said...

I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation with mouth watering pictures. Dumplings looks delicious.
You are welcome in my blogs. Now I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog hereafter.

Swapna Sree said...

Congrats on the Award,,tempting modak..

http://swapnasridhar.blogspot.com/

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Thank you so much SriLekha, Nithu, Aruna,Ramya, Babli and Swapna for your kind comments!!

Asha said...

Perfect looking Modaka, great post.

Priya Narasimhan said...

This is my favourite. :-) Yours has come out so well. And congratulations on the awards..:-)

Usha said...

The modaks look yum and perfect ! Congratulations on your awards....

Preety said...

it looks super delicious

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