Ukadiche Modak - (About 11 - 12 Modaks)
Sweet Coconut-Jaggery Dumplings
For Ukad or dough
1 cup rice flour
1 1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
For the stuffing -
3/4 cup freshly grated coconut
1/2 cup jaggery, grated (use 3/4 cups if you prefer very sweet version)
1 tbsp poppy seeds/khus khus
1 tbsp cashewnuts (optional), broken into small pieces
3-4 cardamoms, crushed coarsely
1/8 tsp nutmeg powder
1. Bring the water to boil adding salt and oil.
2. Slowly pour rice flour while stirring the rice-water mixture with a fork.
3. Switch off the gas. Stir well so there are no lumps. Cover and keep aside for 10 minutes.
4. In another pan, heat coconut, jaggery mixture on a low flame till jaggery melts. Now poppy seeds and cashew pieces. Stir for about 5 minutes. Switch off the gas. Add cardamom and nutmeg powders. This stuffing is called "Choon" or "Chuv". Set it aside to cool down.
5. While the dough is still warm, (but kneadable with bare hands!) - knead the dough so there are no lumps and it is nice and smooth. This dough is called "Ukad".
6. Make small balls and roll out into a puri - this is called "Paari". Stuff the coconut-jaggery mixture. & try to bring the edges together just like - oh well - garlic bulb!! I used Modak mold at this stage. The first modak - as seen in the center - was a little crooked!! :-(
7. When all the modaks are ready, steam them for about 15- 20 minutes.
8. Serve warm with ghee/toop - if using.
1. Use freshly scraped coconut.
2. Use grated jaggery before adding to the coconut. It can be grated on the grater. That will give you the precise measurement.
3. I used bamboo steamer for steaming. Your regular pressure cooker can also be used.
4. Without ghee for serving the Modaks, this is a Vegan recipe.
5. If you like, you can line the container with banana or turmeric leaves to get the delicate flavors imparted by the leaves.
6. During Ganesh Chaturthi season in Mumbai, you get special rice flour meant for making modaks. That is made from aromatic rice like Ambemohar.
7. The proportion above for the 11 - 12 modaks is for the medium sized modaks as shown above. The count may vary if the modaks are made smaller or bigger.