Saffron and Sesame Modak Recipe
Ring in the festivities with this delicious dish of modak at home. Modak is a traditional Indian sweet that is most popularly prepared on the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi as an offering to Lord Ganesha, who loved the sweet. Here is a modak recipe packed with the goodness of sesame and saffron along with a stuffing of coconut, poppy seeds, jaggery, cardamom and nutmeg.
- 1 1/2 Cups rice flour
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp oil for greasing
- 20 ml saffron water
- Sesame seeds for topping
- For stuffing:
- 1 1/2 cups fresh coconut grated
- 1 cup jaggery grated
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds roasted
- A pinch of green cardamom powder
- A pinch of nutmeg powder
- Heat one and one-fourth cups of water with salt and one teaspoon oil in a deep non-stick pan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and add the rice flour in a steady flow, stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
- Cover the pan with a deep lid and pour some water into the lid. Cook on low heat for three minutes. (Now add required flavour to the dough like saffron, beetroot, spinach or pista puree)
- Remove the lid, sprinkle some cold water on the rice flour and cover again with the lid.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and add the rice flour in a steady flow, stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming water in it; cook for another three minutes.
- Repeat this process twice more. Take the pan off the heat and keep it covered for two minutes.
- Transfer the mixture to a large plate, grease the palms of your hands with oil and knead the dough till completely smooth and pliable. The dough should not stick to your palms. Rest the dough covered with a damp cloth.
- For the stuffing, combine the coconut and jaggery in a non-stick pan and cook on medium heat for one or two minutes till light golden brown. Make sure that you do not overcook the mixture.
- Add the roasted poppy seeds, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder, and divide the dough into twelve equal portions and shape them into balls. Grease the palms of your hands and spread each ball to form a three-inch bowl. Press the edges of the bowls to reduce the thickness.
- Place a portion of the stuffing in the centre; pleat the edges of the dough and gather them together to form a bundle. Pinch to seal the edges at the top.
- Heat sufficient water in a steamer. Place the modak on a perforated plate in the steamer and steam for ten to twelve minutes.