Ganapati Bappa Mouriya! Yes as the Elephant God comes home on his mooshika vahan, its time for us to fill his tummy and hands with modakas and make him the “modaka hastha” as he is always referred to. Wishing all a happy Ganesh chaturthi, here is the recipe of moongdal stuffed modak.
Preparation time: 30-45 mins
Rice flour (biyyampindi) 2cups (200gms)
Refined cooking oil 1 ½ tbsp
Green gram dal (moong dal/pesara pappu) 1/4th cup (50 gms)
Fresh and grated coconut (pachi kobbari) ½ cup (100 gms)
Jaggery (gud/bellam) ½ cup (100 gms)
Cardomom (Elaichi/ yellakaayi) 2
Pinch of salt
Boil 1 cup water. To 2 cups rice flour, add 1 and half tbsp oil, pinch of salt and the boiling water and mix dough of chapati dough consistency. Cover and set aside.
In a kadai/pan (Bandli/mookudu), add the jaggery, grated coconut, Green gram dal, powdered cardamom, water and cook till they turn into a thick lump to be used later as filling.
Take small balls of the dough and bail into circles ala pooris. Place a spoon of the green gram stuffing in between the circle and bring the edges together and twist the edges together to look like an onion.
Apply refined oil onto a pressure cooker vessel/normal vessel, place the filled modaks at equal distance from each other, place the vessel inside a cooker/large shallow vessel and steam for 10 mins on medium heat.
Steamed green gram dal modaks are done. Healthy and yummy, modaks will add colour to the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities. Make modaks and fill both Ganesha’s tummy and your’s as well!!