Modak Recipe

Written by on August 30, 2022

Indian dessert dumplings made with rice flour and coconut jaggery stuffing. It is specifically made during the Indian festival of Ganapathi Chaturthi. It is believed that these steamed dumplings are lord Ganesha’s favourite munching snack and hence it is offered as bhog during this festival time.


for stuffing:

  • 1 tsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 2 cup coconut (grated)
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

for dough:

  • 2 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 2 cup rice flour


stuffing preparation:

  • firstly, in a large kadai heat 1 tsp ghee and saute 2 cup coconut.
  • saute until coconut turns aromatic.
  • now add 1 cup jaggery and mix well.
  • keep cooking on medium flame until the jaggery melts.
  • continue to cook until the mixture thickens and still remains moist.
  • now add ½ tsp cardamom powder and mix well. stuffing is ready. keep aside.

modak dough preparation:

  • firstly, in a large kadai take 2 cup water, ½ tsp salt and 1 tsp ghee.
  • mix well and get the water to a boil.
  • further add 2 cup rice flour and mix gently.
  • mix until the rice flour absorbs all the water.
  • cover and rest for 5 minutes.
  • now transfer to a large bowl and start to knead the dough. wet your hand to prevent from burning.
  • knead for 5 minutes or until the dough turns soft.
  • modak dough is ready. wet your hand and knead if the dough seems dry.

modak shaping with hand:

  • firstly, take a ball sized rice flour dough and flatten it.
  • with the help of both thumbs start pressing the edges and create a dent in the centre.
  • slowly press from edges till it forms a cup.
  • start creating pleats with your index finger and thumb.
  • now scoop a tbsp of prepared coconut-jaggery stuffing.
  • get the pleats together to form a bundle.
  • close the top by pinching and making it pointed.

modak shaping using mould:

  • grease the modak mould with ghee to prevent from sticking.
  • stuff the rice flour dough into the mould walls.
  • also, place a small ball sized mixture in the centre.
  • close tightly and scrape off excess mixture.
  • unmould the modak gently without breaking.

steaming modak:

  • place the modak in steamer leaving gaps in between.
  • cover and steam the modak for 10 minutes or till the shiny texture appears on them.
  • Finally serve

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