Modak is considered to be the favorite sweet of Ganeshaand is essentially prepared lovingly during the auspicious days of Ganesh Chaturthi. The puja during these days usu-ally concludes with an offering of 21 modaks to Ganesha as prasadam. We, therefore, bring you some innovative recip-ies for Modaks this Ganesh Chaturthi….
Cashew nut powder 1.5 cup
powdered sugar 1 cup
mawa or milk powder 1/2 cup
cardamom powder 1/2 tablespoon
corn starch 1 teaspoon
warm milk 3 tablespoon
- Take approx. 500g of cashews and powder them in a mixer toyield 1.5 cups of cashew nut powder.
2. Begin a double broiler by placing a smaller vessel over a larger vessel filled with water. The bottom of the smaller ves-sel needs to be immersed in water. This will help to warm the mixer for modak using steam without burning it
3. Once the vessel is warm add mawa or milk powderNext add the cashew nut powder and powdered sugar
4. Add the cardamom powder and corn starch next. Keep stir-ring till all the ingredients are well mixed.
5. Add 1 tablespoon ghee and keep mixing for about 10 minutes till the whole mixture is warm.
6. Remove the mixture from the double broiler and transfer it to a mixing bowl.
7. Knead the mixture into dough using the milk. Add one spoon of milk at a time since the cashews leave their own oil that creates moisture for kneading. The dough should be hard and not very soft to make perfect modaks.
8. Take a small amount of dough and begin shaping it into a modak. Take care to make the modaks while the dough is still warm.
9. Let the modaks cool for about 15 minutes and then they are ready for serving or offering. This quantity of ingredients makes 25 modaks. Adjust measurements according to num-ber of modaks desired. Eat within 3 days of making or store in refrigerator for a week.