Jai Ganesha!

Posted by admin | Recipes,Vegetarian | Sunday 9 September 2007 1:24 am

Modaks. Food of God and man, the real thing is little wonton shaped typically Maharashtrian sweets filled with coconut and jaggery. I say the real thing because just yesterday the pure commercialization of the festival biffed me on the tongue when I was offered and unknowingly accepted modaks made of bubble-gum. For God’s sake! (no pun intended)

We’re surrounded by the din of Hindi movie ‘item numbers’ and the thudding of the woofers, so loud that you may not even recognise the song. Bhajans are few and far between. The newspapers are full of accolades for the eco-friendly ganeshas and brickbats for the erring mandaps; all the usual stuff, – taking up too much road, digging them up, noise pollution, etc etc. The fact that it’s festival time, the first in the long lineup to December is unmistakable.

But there’s the really good stuff. Modaks. Food of God and man, the real thing is little wonton shaped typically Maharashtrian sweets filled with coconut and jaggery. I say the real thing because just yesterday the pure commercialization of the festival biffed me on the tongue when I was offered and unknowingly accepted modaks made of bubble-gum. For God’s sake! (no pun intended)

Try the real thing, its easy to make and worth the time.

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MODAK Makes about 20
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INGREDIENTS
The Filling
4 cups shredded fresh coconut (3 medium coconuts)
2 cups Sugar or Jaggery (preferably the latter)
2 tsp roasted poppy seeds
10 powdered cardamoms (elaichi)

The Covering
2 cups rice flour
2 cup water
2 tsp ghee
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp salt.

PREPARATION

The Filling
Mix and cook coconut & Sugar / Jaggery together on a medium flame. Stir continuously until they are mixed properly. This could take up to an hour.

Add the cardamom powder, roasted poppy seeds and 2 teaspoons of rice flour to thicken and soak the remaining liquid. Cook for 15 more minutes. Set aside to cool.

The Covering
Boil the water. When it is boiling well, add ghee, salt and oil and immediately add rice flour. Stir well. Cover and simmer. Then remove the lid and stir and cover again for a minute. (more…)

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