Food Trivia Corner – ‘Modak’ is a Marathi word. Call it a modak, kudumu, kadubu or kozhukattai, the steamed dumpling is delicious. It is also known as Lord Ganesha’s favorite food.
- Rice flour – 2 cups
- Water – 2 cup
- Powdered Elaichi – 1 tsp
- Powdered/crushed jaggery – 1 cup
- Freshly grated coconut – 1 cup
- Ghee – as needed
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1. Take a deep bottomed pan and add 2 cups water with 1 tsp ghee. Bring to a boil.
2. Add 2 cups rice flour to the water and immediately stir since it will start absorbing the hot water. Stir and fold for 2 minutes so as to avoid lumps. Switch off flame, cover, and keep aside for 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile take another pan and add 2 tbsp ghee, jaggery, coconut and stir in low flame till the stuffing starts leaving the sides and it can be folded. Transfer the stuffing in a bowl to cool.
4. Take the hot rice flour dough into a bowl and apply ghee on palm and knead it to make a soft even dough. You can wet your hands with ghee 1 to 2 times between kneads.
5. Take a portion of the dough to make a ball betwewn your palms. Now start pulling and rotating the ball with your hands and make a small pocket.
6. Add 2 tsp of stuffing in middle. Start pinching the pocket with regulae space in between each pinch. Now join the pinched points at the top. Place aside to be steamed.
7. Take another round ball and make a pocket as in step 6. Place 1 tsp of stuffing. Now fold the circle to make a semicircle kadubu. Apply ghee on both sides of a kadubu mould. Place the kadubu into one side of mould and close with other side. Remove excess dough coming out. Place to be steam.
8. Prepare a double steam arrangement. Place all modaks and kadubus on a holed vessel / plate and steam for 10 to 12 minutes.
9. Serve with hot ghee/ milk.