A Ganesha treat you can whip up at home

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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:

Modakam

These are simple steamed sweets and considered a favourite of Ganesha

Ingredients

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

Method

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.