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Modakam For Ganesh Chaturthi

Wish you all Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi, hope you all had a great time celebrating this festival.

Home Made Ganesha

My Echo Friendly Ganesha…Made Of Rice Flour

For the readers who are unaware about this festival, here is something which I would like to share with you all.
Ganesha Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati.It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. It is believed that Lord Ganesh was born during Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month which falls in month of august or september (english calendar). The festivity lasts for 10 days on Anant Chaturdashi which is also known as Ganesh Visarjan day. On Anant Chaturdashi, devotees immerse idol of Lord Ganesh in water body.

Prasadam For Ganesh Chaturthi

This year Ganesh chaturthi was bit special to me so I’ve decided to make Modakas (Rice Flour Dumplings) for the first time and with other couple of things. Actually I have planned quiet a big menu for this festival with little time I had but I will promise you all that I will share all the recipes soon.

Modakas

Coming to the recipe the modakas (sweet as well as little salty) is a ritual sweet dish, specially prepared on this day of Ganesh Chaturthi and they are placed in front of Ganesh idol as prasadam (offerings to god). Later after the puja all of us in our house love to indulge this treat. The rice dumplings can be made into any shape.You can make it round or semi circle or pyramid shaped, you Just need little practise and patience to get the perfect Modakas.

Ingredients:

For Outer layer:
• 1/2 Cup Rice Flour
• 1 Cup Water
• 1/4 tbsp Oil (vegetable)
• Salt to taste

For The Filling:
• 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut (I used frozen and dry)
• 2 tbsp Jaggery Powder (unrefined cane sugar)
• 2 tbsp Dry fruits & Nuts (Dry Roast them and make the coarse powder)
• 1 pinch Cardamom powder
• 1 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)

Procedure:

1. Boil water in a nonstick pan, add salt and oil in it.
2. On low heat add the sieved rice flour little by little till you get a soft rollable dough, now turn off the heat and let the dough cool down.
3. Once the dough comes to room temperature, Knead the dough with 1 tsp of oil and make small balls and cover with a cloth and keep aside.
4. In a bowl mix the nuts,cardamom powder and Jaggery. Take a pan and add the Ghee and this mixture on a medium flame and cook, stirring continuously. Remove from the heat once it is totally dry and let the mixture cool slightly or warm enough to handle.
5. Take the small rice balls and make a small hollow in the centre and fill it with stuffing. Now join the open edges together and give it a shape like whole garlic.
6. Dip the Modakas in water for a second and steam cook them using idli plates for 10 minutes.
7. Once they are cool down, keep them in airtight container.

Note:
1. If the dough is still dry add little warm water and knead the dough.
2. You can add other fillings instead of coconut like sesame seeds powder, peanuts powder, Chana dal powder(black split chickpeas).

Modakas For Ganesh Chaturthi

Modakas For Ganesh Chaturthi

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2 Responses to “Modakam For Ganesh Chaturthi”

  1. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your Family! Lovely post and I loved the eco friendly ganesha made with rice flour…very creative!
    Congrats for your own domain too…

    • srutir says:

      Thanks Anamika for the wishes and compliments for the Ganesha…I usually like to make my own Ganesha so that it will be easy for me to do the visarjan and then I use that water for my plants. This is my first Ganapathi Puja after my wedding…so it is quiet special for me.

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