You can make this gluten-free ladoo, a round ball of melt in the mouth magic called Besan Laddu or plain Besan Unde. Simple pantry ingredients make this sweet a divine offering to the Gods! Served in a traditional meal as a sweet or as a dessert, a delicacy made with Bengal Gram flour you cannot stop eating just one!
Deep-fried modak are obviously deep-fried in oil, unlike the steamed Modak. The shell of the deep fried modak is made from whole wheat flour and the stuffing is traditionally jaggery and fresh coconut.
The fried modak last longer and taste different. Also unlike the Ukdiche modak where you get the finesse after practice, this modak does not need it.
A modak (Marathi: मोदक) is a sweet dumpling popular in Maharashtra, India. Modak is common in Marathi, Konkani and Gujarati language. In Malayalam, Kozhakkatta (കൊഴുക്കട്ട), modhaka or kadubu in Kannada, modhakam or kozhakkattai in Tamil, and kudumu in Telugu. Quite a few names and why not it’s a yummy tasting dish and hence very popular.
Generally, the sweet filling inside a modak is fresh grated coconut and jaggery. The shell varies a modak can be made from rice flour, or wheat flour and maida flour. The rice shell dumpling is steamed. This steamed version is called ukdiche modak eaten hot with ghee. The wheat flour ones can be steamed or fried; in case they are steamed, they have to be eaten hot again with ghee.
Modaks have a special importance in the worship of the Hindu god Ganesha;modak is believed to be his favorite food, which begets him the moniker modakapriya (the one who likes modak) in Sanskrit. During the Ganesha worship ceremony, known in Maharashtra as Ganesha Chaturthi the puja always concludes with an offering of twenty-one modaks to the deity and as prasadam. Modaks made with rice flour shell are preferred for this purpose, however, wheat shell version are also used. Innovative recipes for modaks have also been created. These include banana nachni modak, motichoor modak and chocolate modak.
Deep Fried Modak
For the shell of the Modak:
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon warm oil +2 teaspoon
- Water to knead as needed
For the filling of the Modak:
- 1 cups grated or powdered jaggery
- 1 ½ cups fresh grated coconut
- 1 ½ teaspoon cardamom powder or crushed cardamom
Let us first prepare the filling:
- In a thick bottomed kadhai/wok mix the jaggery and coconut.
- Cook on a low or medium flame till the mixture is dry and cooked.
- You will have to stir the mixture.
- Keep aside to cool.
As the filling is cooking let us prepare the shell or the covering dough:
- Mix the salt and the wheat flour and 2 teaspoons oil well with sufficient water to make a smooth dough.
- Apply the last 2 teaspoons of oil over the dough.
- Cover and keep the dough aside for 20-30 minutes.
Assembling the Modak:
- Make 10-12 small balls from the dough.
- Roll one at a time thin in a circle.
- In your palm place, the circle add the filling in the centre.
- Pinch the edges to form a cup.
- Bring the pinched edges together in the centre. Seal well you do not want the modak opening up in oil.
- Deep fry the modaks in medium hot oil till golden browned.
- Drain on kitchen towels.
- Use 1-2 teaspoon of rava in the dough the shell is crisp.
- In case you wish you can use 1 cup of maida or APF and one whole wheat atta to make the shell.