Steamed Modak

Modak is Lord Ganesha’s favourite food. His immense love for modak has earned him the title of “Modakpriya”. There is no better way to please the Lord than offering him these homemade modaks. “Ukadiche modak” is a steamed rice dumpling stuffed with coconut and jaggery. Make these  mouth watering modaks and offer them to Lord Ganesha as Naivedya. Here’s the recipe:


For Outer Covering

1 cup Rice flour  (chawal ka atta)                              |
1 cup Water
1/2 tsp clarified butter (ghee)
a pinch of salt                                                   

For Stuffing

1 cup Fresh grated coconut (nariyal)
1/2 cup Grated jaggery (gud)
1 tsp poppy seeds (khuskhus)
½ tsp Cardamom powder (elaichi powder)
1 tbsp broken cashew nuts (kaju) – optional
1 tbsp Raisins (kishmish) – optional

Ukadiche Modak



For the stuffing

  • Heat a  pan and add jaggery.
  • When the jaggery begins to melt, add the grated coconut and poppy seeds.
  • Cook on a slow flame till the jaggery melts completely and blends with the coconut.
  • Add cardamom powder and the dry fruits (optional)  and mix it.  Keep it aside.

For the Outer Covering

  • Heat 1 cup of water in a pan.
  • When the water starts boiling, add salt, ghee and  the rice flour.
  • After adding the rice flour, turn off the heat.
  • Mix the mixture well. Cover the pan and keep it aside for 10 minutes. 
  • After 10 minutes, when the mixture is still warm, Knead it to a smooth dough and keep it aside.
  • Grease a modak mould using little oil.
  • Take a portion of the dough and press it into the modak mould  and spread it evenly on all sides of the mould. 
  • Then, place a small portion of coconut jaggery stuffing in the centre through the cavity of the mould. Take a small portion of the dough and seal the base of the modak.
  • Demould the modak from the mould.
  • Repeat this for all the modaks.
  • Place all the modaks on a  banana leaf kept on the steamer plate.
  • Banana leaf prevents the modak from sticking to the plate.
  • Keep it in the steamer and steam the modaks on a medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Let it cool a little.
  • Modaks are now ready to offer to Lord Ganesha.