Modak Recipe

Modaks are sweet steamed rice flour dumplings that have a coconut and jaggery stuffing and are most popular during the Ganesh Chaturthi festive occasion. Modaks are very delicious and considered Lord Ganesha's favourite dish. These are offered to Ganesh and are a cherished delicacy in Western and Southern parts of India during Ganesh Chaturthi.
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Preparation Time25 MinCooking Time25 Min
Ready In50 MinCuisine
Main Ingredient

Recipe Story

Modaks are not easy to prepare and cannot be mastered in first go. Repeated practice is recommended. I hated making modaks at my mom's place but eventually marriage and a strict mother-in-law made me change my emotions.Now after 15years of marriage I can say modaks are my first choice when it comes to preparing a sweet dish for the loved ones and of course for my dear Lord Ganesha.


 Rice flour1 Cup (16 tbs) (Preferably Basmati Rice Flour)
 Ghee1 Teaspoon
 Water1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Oil1 Teaspoon
 Salt1 Pinch
 Coconut3 Cup (48 tbs), grated
 Cardamom powder1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Jaggery1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2595 Calories from Fat 779

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 93 g142.5%

Saturated Fat 75.6 g377.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 13.4 mg

Sodium 541.3 mg22.6%

Total Carbohydrates 450 g150%

Dietary Fiber 25.9 g103.6%

Sugars 283 g

Protein 19 g37.4%

Vitamin A Vitamin C 14.1%

Calcium 33.4% Iron 63.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1) In a pan, cook the coconut and jaggery together over a medium heat, stirring continuously, until thoroughly mixed.
2) Stir in the cardamom powder, mix well.
3) Remove from the heat and allow it completely cool down.
4) In a pan, bring 1/2 teaspoon oil and 1 1/2 cup of water to a boil.
5) When it comes to steady boil, add the ghee and salt.
6) Then immediately stir in the rice flour and stir continuously to remove all the lumps.
7) Cover with a lid and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes, stir and cook until the dough is neither too sticky nor too dry.
8) Remove the pan from heat. Transfer the mixture on a plate and knead thoroughly while still hot to make a soft dough.
9) Divide the dough into small balls, flatten each ball to form a cup shape and spoon about 1 tablespoon coconut mixture into this cup.
10) Dip thumb & index finger in the oil & make 5-6 small pinches side by side on the outside edges of the cup, then bring them together on top and join to form a peak.
11) Repeat with all the balls and coconut mixture and keep aside in a flat plate like metal strainer.

12) Place the strainer in a steamer, cover and steam for about 15 minutes.

13) Pour over ghee and serve the modaks hot this Ganesh Chaturthi.


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emilyvyomahallaway says :

I could devour the plate in a go...Modaks have been a favorite since childhood.
Posted on: 31 August 2011 - 3:30pm
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FitGal says :

I agree with the writer that modaks are not easy to make, especially if you are a novice at this. But constant practice and passion for cooking can help you achieve the impossible.
Posted on: 31 August 2011 - 2:11pm
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Gourmet_lover says :

The best part about this celebration is making 'His' favorite sweets and then offering it to the Lord
Posted on: 31 August 2011 - 12:58pm