The favourite time of the year has come and people are all busy in making preparations for Ganpati Bappa home. The 10-day long Ganesh Chaturthi festival is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra and some parts of Madhya Pradesh. However, this year the festival will be celebrated in a simple manner owing to the national directive for coronavirus.
People keep the elephant headed deity for three or four days at home and offer Modaks as prasad. The modaks are favourite of lord Ganesha. Here, we will be sharing the recipe of some lip smacking and easy modaks.
1. Steamed Rice Modak: Boil 3 cups of water in non stick pan. Take rice flour in a bowl and add hot water slowly. Make a soft dough and cover it and leave it for 10 mins. After it again take non stick pan and put jaggery. Stir it till the time it is melted. Then add coconut, poppy seeds, cardamon powder. Keep the flame slow and cook till the time the mixture becomes thick.
Now once again knead the dough using ghee. Grease the modak mould using some oil. Take some portion of dough and keep on the mould. Fill it with the mixture and seal the filling.
Place a steamer plate and place a banana leaf on it. Place the modak on banana leaf and steam it for 10-15 minutes and serve them warm.
2. Khaya Saunf Modak: Add grated khoya, sugar, fennel seeds, chopped pistachio and apricots in a non stick pan. Cook all these in a slow flame and till the time sugar is disappear. After that turnoff the flame and add rose water. Then once again take bottom vessel and add water, oil and salt. Boil it. The slowly add rice flour a d keep stirring it. Turn off the flame. Stir till the time rice is mixed properly. Once again put them on the gas and cook them till it becomes dough. Then being it down and let it cool. Cover it with moist cloth. After this apply oil on your palm and take a small portion of the dough. Flatten it and put the khoya mixture in it. Now from all sides fold the dough and give it a shape.
Prepare a steamer and steam the modaks for 5-7 mins. Remove, allow to cool and then serve.
Modaks are one of the prominent prasad during this festival.
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