Indian Festival Recipes, Sweets

MOONG DAL MODAKAM

Modak or Modakam is a dumpling steamed or fried in Indian cuisine. It is made during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations and there are many varieties and variations in this delicacy. In our houses we make both sweet and savory modaks both of which is equally delicious. The one I am sharing with you here today is made with moong daL and jaggery along with grated coconut. The outer dough is made with rice flour and it is a very easy recipe to make. If you are uncomfortable or lack in practice in shaping the modakams, then you can make use of the moulds available in the market. As we all know moong dal is full of protein and is easily digestable too. If you like salty version, then you can add green chillies, grated coconut and some tempering and add cooked moong dal and use that as a stuffing.

You can make this as an offering during any festival or can have it along with lunch during any functions. The stuffing or poornam or pooran is very tasty and you can eat it as such as well. You can stuff this as a filling for Pooran poli as well. Also you can make the same recipe with channa dal or green gram dal as well. One of most delicious recipes made with moong dal is known as Mukhvilas and is famous in western part of our country. Here I have used Nirlep brand’s Selec+ range of fry pan to boil water, cook moong dal and steam the modaks. It was really easy to handle these delicious dumplings in this cute brand. In many parts, Ganapathi Pooja is celebrated for 10 days and you can make this as an offering. Ganapathi Bappa will be surely pleased by this recipe, so try out and let me know.


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MOONG DAL MODAKAM
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 10 min
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Ingredients
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 10 min
Servings
persons
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Boil water.
  2. In a vessel add rice flour and sesame oil. Pour hot water over it.
  3. Knead well and mix to form a soft dough.
  4. In a pan add water and moong dal.
  5. Cover with a lid and cook.
  6. Moong dal is cooked.
  7. Strain the water.
  8. In a blender add cooked moong dal, powdered jaggery,cardamom powder and grated coconut.
  9. Grind to a fine paste.
  10. Make small balls out of the filling. If you find the filling watery add it in a pan and cook to remove excess moisture. You can add a teaspoon of ghee to make it combine well.
  11. Make rice dough balls as well.
  12. Make a cup like shape out of the dough.
  13. Place the filling in it.
  14. Close it and seal like a modak.
  15. Make al the modaks similarly. In a greased idli plate place all the modaks in it.
  16. Close it with a lid and steam.
  17. Modakams are ready.
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