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GANESH CHATURTHI is back with the same spirit. You can feel the excitement in the air everywhere during this festival. Well, no festive in India is celebrated without sumptuous food and lip-smacking sweet delights especially Modak! This one is special and everyone’s favourite.
Since many of us have started opting for eco-friendly Ganapati which is a great step to save the world, we thought why not make modaks that are healthy, after all, fitness is the need of the hour. So we have created 3 healthy yet tasty recipes for you. It’s time to switch to healthy living.
1. Coconut Carrot Modak
• 2 cups of freshly grated coconut (nariyal /naral)
• 4 cups of grated red carrots
• 1 litre whole milk (full cream milk)
• 1 cup sugar
• 7-8 green cardamom ( hari elaichi/ welchi)
• ¼ cup chopped dry fruits (almonds/pistachios/ cashew nuts )
• 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
1. In a big pan heat ghee and add grated carrot and coconut to it and roast it for 5 minutes.
2. Now add milk to this roasted coconut carrot and bring it to boil. Stir it occasionally.
3. Cook this mixture until it becomes dry and starts releasing ghee from it, now add sugar to it and stir it until it mixes nicely in it .then add cardamom powder and remove the mixture from heat. Now add chopped dry fruits to it (I have added roasted dry fruits). Carrot coconut halwa mixture is ready for modak. Let it cool down.
4. Now take a modak mold and fill it with this coconut carrot halwa mixture & unmold your coconut carrot halwa modak is ready. Make all modak from this carrot coconut halwa in this way. Your coconut modak Prasad (Prasadam) is ready for Lord Ganesha.
2. Dates and coconut modak with jowar flour
• Jowar Flour: 1 cup
• Rice flour: ½ cup
• Chopped Dates: ½ cup
• Grated Fresh Coconut: ½ Cup
• White Sesame Seeds: 2 tbsp
• A big pinch of salt
• Ghee: 1 tsp
1. Dry roast the sesame seeds on a medium flame till they turn light brown and cool. Grind them to a fine powder and set aside.
2. Grind the chopped dates into a paste. In a bowl, add the dates paste, ground sesame seeds and grated fresh coconut – combine well. Roll this mixture into small round shape balls and keep them aside.
3. Combine the rice, jowar flour and salt in a wide bowl. Add boiling water little by little to the flour, mix very well with a spatula and make a soft dough.
4. Allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes then knead it well. The dough should be soft and smooth.
5. Grease your palms with a little ghee. Take a ball of the flour dough and flatten it.
6. Place the dates mixture ball in the middle and cover it from all sides towards the middle and shape into a ball.
7. Place in greased idly plates and steam cook for 10-15 minutes.
8. Serve hot and enjoy.
3. Ukadiche modak recipe
• 1 cup Coconut (Fresh or frozen), grated
• ½ cup Jaggery (Gur) powdered or grated
• ½ teaspoon Green cardamom seeds powder
• 1 tablespoon Poppy seeds (khuskhus)
• 5-6 Cashew nuts chopped
• 1 tablespoon Raisins
For outer covering:
• 1 ¼ cups Water
• â…› teaspoon Salt
• ¼ teaspoon Ghee (Clarified butter)
• 1 cup Rice flour
Making the sweet stuffing.
1. Take grated coconut in a pan. Turn the heat on medium.
2. Add jaggery. Mix well. As it gets heat up, jaggery will start to melt.
3. Keep stirring and cooking for a couple of minutes.
4. Then add poppy seeds, cardamom powder, cashews, and raisins.
5. Mix well and keep cooking till all the moisture is evaporated. The mixture should be dry. It took me 4-5 minutes.
6. Time may vary. If you are making a bigger batch then it will take more time.
7. Keep aside and let it cool.
Making the dough:
1. Take water in a saucepan, add a pinch of salt. Turn the heat on medium-low.
2. Let it come to a boil.
3. As it starts boiling, add ghee and mix.
4. Immediately add rice flour. Quickly stir it using a spatula or wooden spoon. Make sure there are no lumps.
5. Cover with lid. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Do stir once or twice in between.
6. Remove it to a plate. Let it cool to touch.
7. Once it is warm or cool enough to handle. Start kneading the dough.
8. If it feels hot, apply some water on your palm and continue kneading.
9. Make the smooth and lump-free dough.
10. Make smooth balls out of it. With this quantity, I got 15 balls.
Making modak using mould:
1. Grease the inside of the mould using ghee. Add one ball into the mould.
2. Press it tightly and make the hollow centre. Use your finger to shape it.
3. Now add the stuffing. Lightly press it.
4. Now take little dough and seal the open part.
5. Now open the mould. Gently remove it and place on the plate.
6. Keep it covered while you shape the rest.
Steaming ukadiche modak
1. Prepare the steamer and let the water boil.
2. Meanwhile, Brush all the modak using water. Or alternately you can dip them in a glass of water.
3. Prepare the steamer thali. Arrange the parchment paper or muslin cloth or banana leaf on the steamer thali. Arrange modak on the thali.
4. Steam them for 13-15 minutes on medium heat.
5. Let it cool to touch.
6. Now remove them and place them on the plate. Drizzle ghee over it.
For more healthy recipes, consult our Diet Expert Miss Belly on Medicalwale.com
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