Sweet Steamed Modak

Modak are synonymous with Ganesha Chaturthi as these modaks are Hindu God Ganesha’s favorite so is offered to him while offering prayers and Prasad. . Every year on this festival the sweet shops are selling modaks and are also made in most of the home kitchens. They are sweet rice dumplings with stuffed with coconut & jaggery.

Modaks are either fried or steamed; the steamed version is called ukdiche modak. We are making the steamed rice dumpling with delicious sweet jaggery coconut stuffing with cardamom flavor. Try out!

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time            Total Time                    Yields

25 mins                20 mins                 45 mins                     4-5 servings


For modak:

Rice flour – ½ cup

Salt – ½ teaspoon

Oil – few drops

Water – ¾ cup

For stuffing:

Coconut – ½ cup (grated)

Jaggery (gur) – ¼ cup (grated or powdered)

Poppy seeds (khus-khus) – ½ teaspoon (soaked in 1 tablespoon of water)

Raisins – 1 tablespoons

cashew  nuts – 1 tablespoon (roasted and coarsely crushed)

Ghee (clarified butter) – ½ tablespoon

Cardamom powder – ½ teaspoon


  • Heat water in a large saucepan and add few drops of oil and salt, bring to a boil and add rice flour and stir with a spatula on low heat for 30-40 seconds and mix well. After cover and let it sit for 5 minutes. Now let the dough cool down a bit or knead it while hot only. Knead well and then cover with a damp cloth & let it come down to room temperature. Incase initially you add too much water and the dough is too loose, then add some more rice flour. In case you face difficulty in binding the rice dough, you can add few drops of oil.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add soaked khus-khus, sauté for 1-2 minutes and then add grated coconut, cashew nuts & raisins and ground or grated jaggery. Mix well till jaggery melts and you can smell it. Take off heat; don’t over cook or else the jaggery will harden. Mix cardamom powder & mix well again.
  • Now wet your palms with cold water and take a little dough and make a ball from it, flatten the ball and add a spoonful of stuffing in the center. Now either form pleats all around & close the dumpling or just gather the edges together and close it upwards like a top. Don’t over stuff the filling or else it will ooze out and spoil the modaks. Incase you observe some cracks in modaks, just patch up with some dough.
  • Now place these modaks or dumplings in a steamer or idli cooker and steam for 8-10 minutes or take a large vessel with water and place a slotted dish with banana leaf and place modaks over it, now cover the vessel & steam them.

Note: Delicious ukdiche modaks are ready to be offered for pooja or enjoyed with family & friends. Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!!

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