A Ganesha treat you can whip up at home
What’s an Indian festival without food, right? The modakam is the traditional food of Ganesh Chaturthi. Here’s an easy recipe for you to follow:
These are simple steamed sweets and considered a favourite of Ganesha
For the casing:
1 cup rice flour
1 and half cups water
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp oil
For the filling:
1 cup grated coconut
½ cup grated jaggery
1 tsp cardamom powder
Add the oil and salt to the water and bring to a boil. Then add the flour and stir vigorously, till the mixture becomes a smooth, shiny dough.
Remove from the heat, knead well and allow to cool.
To make the filling, heat the jaggery over a low flame, add the coconut and cardamom and stir till the mixture thickens. Allow to cool.
To shape the modakams, take a lime-sized piece of the rice flour dough and pat into a circle. Place a teaspoon of coconut filling inside and bring the edges together in a cone shape.
This may look tricky, but with practice you will get it right. Steam the modakams for about ten minutes till done.
You can serve these warm with a drizzle of ghee. They taste delicious cold, too.
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