Published By: Nibandh Vinod
Last Updated: September 17, 2023, 08:20 IST
Ganesh Chaturthi, the Hindu festival celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada, will fall on September 18 this year. Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganeshotsav, this festival is marked to celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha. During this auspicious occasion, devotees offer various offerings to Lord Ganesha, with Modaks being a cherished favourite. It is believed that Lord Ganesha has a special fondness for Modaks.
When it comes to preparing Modaks, people typically follow two distinct methods. One is the Ukadiche Modak, a type of steamed rice dumpling, while the other is the fried Modak. In this article, we will delve into how to make fried Modaks.
Whole Wheat Fried Modak Recipe By Chef Ranveer Brar
- 1 tsp Ghee
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
- 4 cashew nuts (chopped)
- 1 cup fresh coconut (grated)
- 3/4 cup jaggery
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp semolina
- 1 tsp hot vegetable oil
- Water for kneading (for stiff dough)
Step 1: Start by adding some ghee to a non-stick pan and heat it.
Step 2: Add sesame seeds, grated coconut, and chopped cashews to the pan and mix It well. Sauté for a minute.
Step 3: Now, add jaggery to the mixture and cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until it reaches a consistent texture.
Step 4: Add a pinch of salt and cardamom powder. Mix it well, then set it aside to cool.
For the Dough
Step 1: In a big thali or paraat, combine whole wheat flour, semolina, and a tablespoon of hot oil.
Step 2: For kneading the mixture into a stiff dough, slowly add water as per the requirement.
Step 3: Leave it for 10 minutes and then make 7 to 8 equal-sized balls.
Step 4: Now, with the help of a rolling pin roll each ball into thin circles.
Step 5: Gently form a cup from each roundel by making folds and filling it with the prepared stuffing.
Step 6: Gather all the edges of the dough and firmly enclose them to encase the filling. You can remove excess dough from the top and then taper the upper portion of the modak for a neat finish.
Fry the Modaks
Step 1: Heat oil in a deep kadhai for frying.
Step 2: Once the oil is hot, carefully add the modaks and fry them over medium heat until they turn crisp and golden brown.
Step 3: Remove the fried modaks and place them on tissue paper to drain excess oil.
Step 4: Serve the modaks hot and garnish them with almonds or cashews as desired. Enjoy!