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 Powder2 cups Rice Flour
2 cups water
1 tsp. salt
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!!!!