Nov 17, 2014

Ukadiche Modak | Steamed Modak

Ukadiche modak or Steamed Modak are sweet dumplings made from rice flour. Modak is very popular sweet during Ganesh Festival in Maharashtra and India. It is said that, Ganapati loves modak and so we prepare different types of modak in Festival days and make Ganeshji Happy ;-)
Making Ukadiche modak is not easy job ,it needs lot of efforts and patience. Using your hand , we have to shape each modak, is very tough job , but once they are done and they look just awesome and taste great!!!

I gave shape using hands on first day of Ganesh Chaturthi and for just enjoying again I am making them with Modak Moulds. Using moulds is little easier because all modak will come in same size and shape.

I have used coconut and Jaggery mixture as filling in this modak, which is very yummy. These modak can not last for long days like fried modak as it has fresh coconut. So enjoy these mouth watering Ukadiche modak as soon as possible ;-)

1 fresh coconut, grated
1/2 cup grated Jaggery
9-20 cashews, broken in small pieces
1 tsp. Cardamom Powder
2 cups Rice Flour
2 cups water
1 tsp. salt
1tsp ghee/butter

1. To make filling, scrape coconut. Take 1 cup grated coconut with 1/2 cup grated Jaggery along with cashews. Cook on slow flame together in pan. Once Jaggery starts melting, mix it thoroughly. Keep stirring till it becomes thick and add cardamom powder. Turn off the flame and cool the mixture.
2.Take a pan and boil 2 cups of water. Add salt and once the water reach to boiling point, turn off the heat. Add rice flour slowly, keep mixing with water. Cover with the lid for 5 minutes so that mixture will be cooked in trapped steam.
3.Then take the mixture in plate and knead the mixture to make a soft dough. If needed, put oil on your palms and use some drops of warm water to knead the dough.
4.Make 2 inch of balls of dough so all modak will be of same size. Apply ghee or oil on thumb and using your thumb, press in center of ball to make a circular dish.(It is like we have to roll Puri, but here we are making Puri with thumb).Hold that circular Puri in left hand and put 1 tbsp coconut mixture in the middle of Puri. Now, press the edges of Puri together and make a shape like shown in picture. Make all modak like this.
5.I have used modak mould to get similar shape of all modak. For this, we have to put ball inside the mould and press the ball on side of moulds and remove extra dough from mould. Put 1 tbsp coconut mixture inside the mould and close the bottom of the mould with dough as shown in picture.
6.Put water inside steamer and grease the plate with ghee. Dip each modak bottom in water and put on the greased plate. Cover with the lid and steam cook all modak for 10-15 minutes. Check with toothpick by inserting into modak, if the dough is not sticking to stick, it means modak are cooked.

You can serve modak with ghee. We like modak with ghee or without ghee, because once they are cooked nobody can wait for so long...they are just in mouth...yummmmmm!!!!
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Nov 15, 2014

Eggless Chocolate Cake

We celebrated this Children's Day with Eggless Chocolate Cake and served at Tea time. It's perfect snack for Tea party and for any Kids function.
The good thing is, its eggless and no butter cake.This cake is very moist and soft . I love butter and love all type of cakes and baking things, but its nice to have no butter baking things. They also taste very good. I made this cake on my kido's demand, because his friends told him that they are gonna celebrate children's Day. He asked me how should we celebrate it.

So we are celebrating Children's' Day and my 18 months son is also enjoying his spoon into chocolate cake ;-)
Happy Children's Day to All !!! 
1 and 1/2 cups  All purpose flour(Maida)
3 tbsp Cocoa powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/8 tsp. Baking powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 cup Granulated Sugar -
1 cup  Water
1/2 tbsp Vanilla essence
1 tbsp Lemon juice / White Vinegar
1/4 cup  Vegetable Oil
1.Take dry ingredients like flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder, sift them twice to make sure they evenly spread out.
2.Mix wet ingredients in bowl like sugar, lemon juice, water, oil, vanilla essence. Stir them till sugar dissolves completely.
3.Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix them properly.
4.The batter is runny not thick. If you want to add any dry fruits or tutee fruity or Choco chips, you can add at this stage.
5.Preheat oven to 180 deg c for 10 mins. Grease the pan (I have taken general round shape) with butter and sprinkle Maida on it, it should spread evenly on sides and bottom of the pan also.(Else you can not take cake out easily)
6.Pour batter into pan and bake the Eggless Chocolate Cake for 30-35 minutes, check with fork or toothpick. If toothpick comes out clean, means cake done.
7.Cool cake at least for 10-15 minutes and then invert carefully to take it out from pan. Cut into pieces and serve them.

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Nov 11, 2014

How to make Basil Pizza Sauce at home

I have made veggie pizza in my new LG oven, I generally use store brought pizza sauce each time, but today I tried my hands on Homemade Basil Pizza Sauce.

And I was amazed with the taste of this sauce which is really very nice and fresh. I used my garden's fresh Basil leaves. Surely, we should go for Homemade pizza sauce for lot of freshness and health benefits to avoid preservatives. And now we tried on Homemade pizza sauce, I will prefer to make it at home, because it does not take long time , just takes lot of Tomatoes ;-)


3 medium to large ripe tomatoes
4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 to 1.5 tbsp chopped fresh basil/tulsi leaves
1 to 1.5 tsp. dry oregano
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and black pepper as required

1.Rinse and then chop the tomatoes. Puree the tomatoes in a blender.

2.Heat olive oil in a small pan. Add the chopped garlic and sauté for few seconds on a low flame.

3.Add the tomato puree and sauté for 4-5 mins on a low to medium flame.
4.When the tomatoes are cooked, add chopped basil, dry oregano, salt and pepper.

5.Mix it very well and cook for 1-2 minutes on a low to medium flame.

6.check the seasonings add more salt or pepper if required.
After cooling, use the pizza sauce as a topping on pizzas or store in a bowl or in a small jar for 4-6 days in refrigerator.
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