Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner and every household must be busy decorating their home and preparing their favorite modak or ladoosfor Ganeshji. I still remember this time when celebrations and festivities would be in full swing at our neighbors house. Being Maharastrians, they would decorate their home to welcome Ganeshji and make beautiful and colorful Ganesh idols.
Their house would smell great with festival delicacies like mawa modak, coconut ladoos, and ukadiche modak. I thoroughly enjoyed the traditional ukadiche modak (pronouced as Ukadi – che meaning steamed) which is a yummy sweet dumpling made with rice flour and is stuffed with nuts and sugar. Beauty of ukadiche modak lies in its pleats and folds which requires lot of patience and practice to make.
Today I bring you my version of making modak – Urad dal modak recipe, where grounded urad dal is roasted and later combined with sugar, mawa and nuts. It’s truly a delicious and lip smacking treat.
RECIPE DETAIL – Soak dal for 2- 3 hours and later grind it to a fine paste. Cook mawa until its light brown in color,do not over cook it. When mawa is cooked combine grounded dal and cook until brown in color. Roast dal on a medium flame and keep stirring continuously. These nutty modak gets its signature flavor from the roasted urad dal. Total cooking time will be between 30 – 35 minutes until you attain that beautiful brown color. Once done add cardamom, nuts and sugar. Place some mixture in moulds and press hard to form a modak shape. Remove the excess and yummy modaks are ready.