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Kesari Modak

Ganesh Chathurti is nearing and when the festival nears all it reminds me is ‘Modak‘ and ‘Chakli‘. Today I found a picture of Kesari Modak in one of the folder which I had prepared last year. I searched in my archives to check if I had already shared in the space but to my dismay didn’t find it. So without delaying further thought of sharing it as soon as possible.For the filling I made kesar flavoured Sheera, the recipe which I have already shared in the space. For the outer covering too I followed the same recipe which I have shared in the space long back. I used the modak moulds to give the shape . Advanced  Ganesh Chaturti to all those who are celebrating!! May lord bless all of us.


Ingredients for the outer covering:
Idiyappam flour or rice flour-1 cup
Water-2 cups
Salt-1/4 tsp or to taste
Oil-2 tsp

Other things:
Extra oil- 2-3 tsp to grease your palms
Turmeric leaves-2-3 (optional)

Method for the outer covering:

  1. Boil water along with salt and oil.
  2. Once it starts boiling add  flour little by little and keep stirring  until it is combined into a dough ,becomes dry and leaves the sides of the pan.
  3. Transfer it into a  wide bowl,press it with a wooden spatula and when it is still warm,apply oil to your palms and knead it well.
  4. Close the dough with a wet cloth until you use it.
  5. Add more flour if the dough has become thin or vice versa.

Ingredients for the Sheera :

Bombay rava – 1/2 cup

Water – 1 1/2 cups

Sugar – 3/4 – 1 cup

Ghee – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder  – a generous pinch  (optional)

kesar soaked in milk – a pinch

Method :

  1. Take a thick kadai add ghee and roast rava until you get a good aroma .
  2. Add boiled water little by little and keep mixing .
  3. See that there are no lumps .
  4. Cook it on slow flame for few minutes .
  5. Add sugar and mix it well .
  6. Add kesar / colour , cardamom powder at this stage .
  7. Cook until the mixture thickens on low flame .
  8. It will take few minutes .
  9. Keep it ready
How to proceed:
  1. Make lemon sized smooth balls from the dough.
  2. Keep it on your left palm.
  3. Press it with your right palm and flatten it slightly.
  4. If you notice the sides are broken and are not smooth,knead the ball again and repeat the step.
  5. With the help of your fingers shape it like pockets or a cup.
  6. You should use both your hands to make the depression.
  7. Now fill a tsp or 2 of Sheera in the centre of the pocket.
  8. Bring all the ends together carefully,sealing the top carefully and shape it like modaks.
  9. It  will resemble like  white Kisses chocolates or flower pots.
  10. You may also shape it like dimsums with the pleats.
  11. Keep the steamer to boil,meanwhile finish with all the modaks.
  12. Once the steamer is ready line it with turmeric leaves(optional) and arrange the modaks over it.
  13. Steam it for 15 minutes.
  14. You may also use the mould to prepare the modak.





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About SaiGeetha Pai

I am Saigeetha, a homemaker, food blogger, baker and a cook. Cooking is my passion.

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