Ukadiche Modak are velvety soft Indian Rice Dumplings filled with aromatic and sweet mixture of coconut, jaggery, cardamom, nutmeg and saffron. A traditional delicacy that is a treasured recipe !!
Ganesh Chaturthi is a my most favorite Indian festival. I get quiet nostalgic when I think of all the wonderful vibes that resonate Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a 10 day festival celebration that is integral part of Maharashtra, India and around. When we were kids, my sisters and I used to wait for month of September because Ganesh Chaturthi was around. Ukadiche Modak are made during Ganesh Chaturthi and are integral part of celebration.
Lord Ganesh is a deity that is worshipped for all things beautiful. This festival is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and zeal all over India. There is a lot of excitement in the air during the festival season. Beautiful Idols are worshipped along with cultural activities and yummy spread !
The yummy Ukadiche Modak need no introduction for lot of us Indians. It is offered as the special prasad especially on Ganesh Chaturthi! Ganapati festival is always incomplete without the traditional ukadiche modak recipe offered to lord Ganesh.
There are umpteen combinations of modak fillings. Soft , luscious steamed one’s are the most treasured ones !
Here is the Traditional Ukadiche Modak recipe. Soft rice flour shells are filled with a succulent mixture of jaggery and coconut and flavored with cardamom, saffron and nutmeg. This mouth-watering delicacy is an inseparable part of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
However, making modak the traditional way is a skillful task. It needs expert kneading techniques and the consistency of the dough has to perfect. Shaping the modak needs some practice. Making soft pliable dough is a work of art. It is important to have these dumpling crack free since they get steamed. The presentation and the taste has to be perfect.
These recipes are handed down to us from generations. My mom learnt it from her mom and grandma from her’s. Do you get the idea? High nostalgic factor indeed !!
In recent years, the ‘modak mould’ are becoming very popular. If you are a beginner, these moulds are handy tools that can make your work easier.
However, I want to share our heirloom traditional recipe that my sister in law- Swati made recently. We always love the special celebration and yummy feast my brother Kedar and Swati arrange for all of us during Ganesh Chaturthi. Life is indeed beautiful with loving family and these nostalgic pleasures!
So here’s the video and the recipe of Ukadiche Modak that Swati has honed! Hope you like it. We love to share the joy of festive season with all our blog readers !
2 cups fine rice flour
1 tsp of ghee or oil
2 cups freshly grated coconut
1 tsp cardamom powder
Few strands of Saffron
2 pinches of nutmeg powder
1 tbsp ghee or oil for kneading and greasing
For making the sweet filing :
Make about an inch sized balls with the dough. Cover with a lid and keep aside for 10 minutes.
Hope you enjoy making these Ukadiche Modak and join us in spreading the love and joy of Indian festival Ganesh Chaturthi. If you love Indian cuisine and looking for some traditional or fusion recipes, we have a popular round up post on InstantPot Easy Indian Recipes. Do check it out since it’s one of our most popular blog post. We would love to hear feedback on how you like the recipes . So be sure to drop a line in comments. Namaste !