Urad dal modak Recipe

Urad dal modak Recipe

Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner and every household must be busy decorating their home and preparing their favorite modak or ladoos for 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. 

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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.

If looking for MAWA MODAK then follow this recipe here. After step 6, put some mixture in modak mould and shape them like modaks. 

While you are here try other recipes  – Besan Ladoo, Paneer Burfi, Gujiya, Angoori Gulab Jamun, Mawa Burfi.

Urad dal modak Recipe

Urad dal modak Recipe
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Traditional Ganesh Chaturthi sweet made with Urad dal. Step by step modak recipe.
Servings Prep Time
25 -30 PIECES 3 HOURS
Cook Time
40-50 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
25 -30 PIECES 3 HOURS
Cook Time
40-50 MINUTES
Urad dal modak Recipe
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Traditional Ganesh Chaturthi sweet made with Urad dal. Step by step modak recipe.
Servings Prep Time
25 -30 PIECES 3 HOURS
Cook Time
40-50 MINUTES
Servings Prep Time
25 -30 PIECES 3 HOURS
Cook Time
40-50 MINUTES
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup Urad ki dhuli dal (White urad dal)
  • 2 tablespoon Sooji (Semolina)
  • 1 tablespoon Wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup Mawa
  • 2/3 cup Ghee (divided 1/3 cup + 1/3 cup)
  • 2 tablespoon Milk (to grind the dal)
  • 1 cup Superfine Sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon Milk (to knead the roasted dal mixture)
  • 2 tablespoon Coarsely grounded Silvered Almonds
  • 2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (to decorate)
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower seeds (to decorate) (optional)
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METHOD
  1. Soak dal for 2-3 hours.
  2. Assemble all the ingredients.
  3. And homemade mawa.
  4. Drain and clean soaked dal with water.
  5. Add 2 tablespoon of milk and....
  6. Grind it to a smooth paste. Set it aside.
  7. Heat 1/3 cup of ghee in a pan, add sooji, and wheat flour.
  8. Cook until it becomes light brown in color.
  9. Add mawa and keep stirring continuously...
  10. Till mawa turns light brown in color.
  11. Mix in grounded dal paste and keep stirring continuously.
  12. The mixture will become thick and look like a dough.
  13. Mix in the remaining 1/3 cup of ghee and keep sauteing the dal mixture.
  14. Cook until it becomes brown in color. Aroma of roasted dal will fill up your home.
  15. It will take 30 minutes on a medium flame to get this color.
  16. Mix in cardamom powder..
  17. Add sugar...
  18. And nuts of your choice..
  19. Add milk and mix. Add milk slowly, milk is only required to bind the mixture.
  20. Add 1/2 tablespoon milk and if the mixture still feel crumbly add another 1/2 tablespoon.
  21. Place some mixture in a modak mould...
  22. And press hard. Remove the extra...
  23. And open mould. Modak is ready..
  24. Repeat with rest of the mixture and shape them all.
  25. Urad dal modak are ready for Ganesh Chaturthi.
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4 Responses

  1. AD says:

    Where did you buy this mould? I think it is cute. Thanks

  2. Kaanu says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe… I tried it today and it came out perfect.. The measurements are perfect. I did not use powdered sugar and the modaks have come out very crunchy….

    • RK says:

      Thank you for trying out the recipe and sharing your experience with me. Glad you liked it. Enjoy while it lasts and Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you!!

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