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Fried Modak | Modakam

Hope everyone had a wonderful Ganesh Chaturthi! This year I made fried modak for prasadam. “Kozhukattai” and “Modakam” are the sweet dishes prepared for Ganesh Chavithi.  Fried modaks are also prepared on Sankashti (Sankata hara chaturthi) as neivedhyam to lord Ganesh. Fried modaks are easy to make and tasty to relish 🙂

Fried Modak
Fried Modak


Wheat flour: 1 cup
Salt: a pinch
Sugar: 1 tsp
Oil: for frying

for Puran/inner stuffing

Jaggery (Gud/Vellam): 1 cup (grated/powdered)
Coconut flakes: 1 cup
Cardamom (Elachi): 5-6 pieces
Saffron: 4-5 strands

Fried Modakam
Fried Modakam

Preparation Method:

  • Mix wheat flour, salt and sugar.
  • Heat 2 tsps of oil and add it to the mixture.
  • Add water and knead it into dough (just as you do for making chapathis).
  • Keep it aside.
  • In a heavy bottom wok, add 2 tsps of water and jaggery and heat it.
  • Allow jaggery to dissolve completely.
  • Ensure there are no lumps.
  • Meanwhile powder cardamom.
  • When jaggery starts boiling, add coconut, cardamom powder and saffron to make the puran/stuffing.
  • Keep stirring for 3-4 minutes and remove from the stove.
  • Take wheat flour dough and make small balls out of it.
  • Press it in your palm and flatten it.
  • Make small ball out of the puran that we had prepared.
  • Place puran in dough and close it in a pyramid shape.
  • While stuffing the puran, seal it completely.
  • Deep fry the modaks and serve warm.

PS: Here are the snaps of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at our home (in Chicago) with eco friendly Ganesh Idol that I made at home 🙂 Enjoy browsing!

Eco Friendly Play-doh Ganesh

Eco friendly Ganesh with Play-doh
Eco friendly Ganesh with Play-doh

Eco Friendly Wheat flour Ganesh

Eco friendly Ganesh with wheat flour
Eco friendly Ganesh with wheat flour

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3 replies on “Fried Modak | Modakam”

Yummy!! My mom makes a stuffing of roasted besan, powdered sugar and ghee which tastes great too 🙂

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