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Traditional & Simple Modak Recipe For A Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

This is that time of the year when everyone is busy for the 10 days of Ganesha’s stay, starting from Ganesh Chaturthi to Anant Chaturdashi. Modak is made as an offering to the Lord of Wisdom and is quite the sweetmeat we love ourselves. It can be made in several ways using rice flour and refined flour with varied sweet fillings.  Here I have given my mother’s traditional recipe of modak.

The Elements:

1/2 kg refined flour

2 tablespoons refined oil

2 medium-sized coconuts

1/2 cup milk

Cardamom powder

300 gms sugar

Handful of almonds

Salt, to taste


Knead a dough with refined flour, salt, refined oil and water, and leave it covered for 3 hours. Break the coconuts and grate the flesh to a fine texture.

Cook the grated coconut on a slow fire along with milk, sugar and cardamom powder till all the liquid gets absorbed and a heavenly aroma starts tingling your senses!

Keep this mixture aside and let it cool.

Make small roundels of the refined flour dough and roll them out. Fill the coconut mixture in the rolled out dough.

Now carefully pinch your fingertips into the dough so as to make petals. Twist the dough from the top and seal it by pressing the remaining dough together.

In a frying pan, heat the oil and fry the modaks on medium heat till they are golden brown in colour. Make sure the insides of the dough also get cooked properly.

This article first appeared on Kulinary Kapers.


Kshipra is a food and beverage professional, previously working as a chef in Bangalore. After moving to London, food and travel blogging is what keeps her occupied. Researching on ingredients fascinates her and she's currently in the process of compiling traditional family recipes. Exploring new places and trying the local food is always on top of her bucket list.