Sweet Modak

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Total Time:
30-45 minutes
Rated : 5 Stars
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Steam Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • Ingredients for outer layer:
  • 3/4 cup - raw Rice powder
  • 1 and 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp - salt
  • Ingredients for coconut-jaggery filling (or poornam):
  • 1/4 cup - grated Coconut (fresh is better, frozen works too)
  • 1/4 cup grated Jaggery
  • 1 tsp + 1 tsp Ghee
  • 4-5 Cardamom pods, crushed

How to Make Sweet Modak

  • Make a filling or poornam:
  • Heat a pan with 1 tsp ghee. Add the grated coconut and the grated jaggery. Mix well until it begins to roast a bit and starts to turn a little dry. It will take about 8-10 mins to reach the stage we require.
  • Keep mixing now and then, and add cardamom powder before removing from fire. Set aside and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, bring 1 cup of water to boil with the 1/4 salt also added in. Once it boils, remove from fire and add the 3/4 cup rice flour in, mixing as you do so. Make sure no lumps are formed and mix well until you get a soft dough.
  • Start with 1 cup of water and keep adding a few drops as you mix until you get the desired consistency.
  • Let this mixture cool down a little until you can handle it. Don't let it cool completely, or else the rice dough will become dry.
  • Roll the poornam into small balls and set aside.
  • With wet hands, take a lime-sized portion of the rice dough, form a ball by greasing your hands with the ghee, and flatten on your palm. Make sure it is not too thin. Adjust according to your preference.
  • Place the filling in the centre and cover the filling with dough as uniformly as you can. Once covered, make it smooth.
  • Place on a steamer plate and steam it for 10 - 15 mins and serve.