Modak (Steamed Dessert Dumpling)

Modak (Steamed Dessert Dumpling)

Preparation Time – 50 minutes
 Serves – 6-8

Ingredients :

For the filling:

 Shredded fresh coconut – 2 cup
 Jaggery – 1 cup
 Roasted poppy seeds – 1 tsp
 Rice flour – 1 tsp
 Cardamoms – 4

For the outer cover:

 Rice flour – 1 cup
 Water – 1 cup
 Ghee – 1 tsp
 Oil – ½ tsp
 A pinch of salt

Method :

Method for the filling:

 Combine and cook coconut and jaggery together on medium heat. Stir
continuously until they are mixed properly. Do not overcook.


 Add cardamom, roasted poppy seeds and 1 teaspoon rice flour to the mix. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool.

Method for outer cover:

 Boil 1 cup of water. When bubbles rise on top, add ghee, salt and oil and immediately add rice flour. Stir well.


 Cover for some time. Remove the lid and stir and cover again for a minute.


 Remove from heat. Take all the mixture in a flat plate. Knead it properly while hot (You can use a flat bowl for kneading to keep the hands from burning). Make a soft pliable dough.

 Do it very carefully. The dough should be neither too sticky nor too dry.

Method for the modak :

 Divide this dough into small balls. Roll each ball into 1.5″ diameter circle.
 Hold it in a hand and make a small bowl of it. Put some coconut filling into this bowl shaped dough.

 Dip thumb and index finger in the oil and make 5-6 small pinches side by side on the edges of the bowl. Bring them together, join to form a peak. It should look like whole garlic.
 Prepare all other modaks like this.


 Spread a damp cloth onto a flat round sifter and arrange all the modaks onto it. Place the sifter in a steamer and cover. Steam for about 15 minutes.
 Use a big size saucepan or pressure cooker if you don’t have a steamer. Do not put the whistle if you use the pressure cooker.
 Serve with the ghee.


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