Lord Ganesha loves modak. That’s why it is offered as a prasad during Ganesh Chaturthi. The festivities last for 10 days which means we get yummy snacks to gobble every day. Although tasty, some of the grub you eat can be too sweet or fried. Thus, we must keep a tab on our health. You don’t want to break the blood sugar record, do you?
During this era of the pandemic, let’s not give in to our inner gluttony and keep our health on the pedestal. This year, invite Lord Ganesha to your home with this healthy version of modak. Here’s the recipe.
For the filling:
- 1 cup fresh coconut, grated
- 1/2 cup dates, deseeded, grated
- 1 cup jaggery (gud), grated
- 1/2 cup almond, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped
- ½ tsp cardamom powder (elaichi)
- 2 tsp ghee
For the covering:
- 1 cup of rice flour (chawal ka atta)
- 1 cup of water
- 2-3 tsp oil
- Salt to taste
- In a non-stick pan, dry roast dates, almonds and pistachios over a slow flame for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the grated coconut and jaggery, and cook over a slow flame.
- Mix well.
- Add the cardamom powder and mix well.
- Cook until the jaggery melts.
- The mixture should be blended well.
- In another non-stick pan, pour water.
- Let the water come to a boil.
- Now add 1 tsp oil and a pinch of salt.
- Lower the flame and add the rice flour.
- Stir/whisk continuously so that no lumps are left.
- Switch the flame off and cover the pan with a lid.
- Keep in mind that you need to knead the rice dough while it’s warm. If the dough cools down, it becomes lumpy.
- Grease your palms with oil and knead the dough well.
- Make small balls of almost 2 inches in diameter.
- Now gently press it to make it flat.
- With your thumb and fingers, gently press the ends and keep shaping it.
- It should be a 3-4 inch diameter circle.
- Now add 2-3 teaspoons of filling in the center.
- With the help of your thumb and index finger, pinch the edges in such a way that pleats are formed.
- 5 or 6 pleats are enough.
- Now pinch all of the pleats together to seal it.
- Shape the rest the same way.
- Prepare the steamer. The water should come to boil.
- Brush your modaks with water or just dip them in water one by one.
- Grease steamer plate with oil or use parchment paper.
- Place them on the plate.
- Cook the modaks until they become translucent. Takes about 7-8 minutes.
- Drizzle ghee over them and serve hot.
- This modak recipe serves 7.
Coconut: Rich in essential minerals such as manganese, selenium, potassium, iron, zinc, and copper.
Jaggery: Improved digestion and liver detoxification.
Dates: Powerhouse of antioxidants and fibre.
Almonds: Helps in lowering blood sugar levels and controls hunger.
Pistachios: Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.
Rice flour: Gluten-free. High in protein and vitamins.
Ghee: Good source of vitamin A