Fried Modak

Every year people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with so much love. Various types of modaks  are made to offer to Lord Ganesha. Fried modak’s are one of the most famous ones, filled with fresh coconut and jaggery, these fried modaks are soft from the centre and crispy from the outside. Do try them this festive season. Check my other Ganesh Chathurthi recipes too Churma Ladoo, Mawa Modak, Coconut Ladoo, Besan Ladoo Homemade mawa

Fried Modak Recipe – Video

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (100g) fresh grated coconut
  • ½ cup jaggery/gud
  • 1 cup (128g) whole wheat flour/atta
  • ½ cup (65g) refined flour/maida
  • 3 tablespoons clarified butter/ghee
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 5-6 almonds roughly chopped
  • 5-6 cashews roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom/elachai powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • oil for frying
  • water for kneading the dough

Note– Please read recipe notes in the end.

Main Equipments Used

Steps In Making Fried Modak

  1. In a non stick pan over medium heat add a tablespoon of ghee and let it melt completely.
  2. Now add fresh grated coconut and while stirring it continuously cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Further add grated or finely chopped jaggery and cook for 3-4 minutes or till the jaggery melts completely.
  4. To this add roughly chopped almonds, cashews, raisins and cardamom powder and cook till all the liquid is absorbed and the mixture becomes dry. Once done let it cool down.
  5. In a large bowl add whole whear flour, refined flour, salt and ghee. Mix till everything is well combined.
  6. Now add little water at a time and knead for 5-6 minutes and form a stiff dough.
  7. Add a teaspoon of oil or ghee and knead for 2 more minutes. Now cover the dough with a lid  and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Make a log and divide it into small parts. Make small balls, like we make for puris.
  9. Dust some wheat flour on the surface and with a rolling pin, roll them into round shapes. Make sure it’s evenly rolled from each side.
  10. Fill a tablespoon of coconut stuffing in the centre. Now gently lift it from one side and fold them on top of each other, forming layers (as shown in the video and pictures below)
  11. Give a conical shape on the top of the modak and seal it tightly with your fingers. Similarly make all the modaks.
  12. In a kadai/pan over medium flame add ghee/oil and once it heats, add few modaks at a time and fry them for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown in colour.
  13. Remove them on a tissue paper and serve them hot!

Recipe Notes

  • If you don’t like maida then replace it with equal amount of whole wheat flour.
  • Instead of jaggery, sugar can also be used.
  • You can use milk for kneading the dough.
  • Make sure the the stuffing doesn’t have any liquid and is dried completely, else the modaks might break while shaping them.
  • Always fry modaks on medium flame else they wont cook properly from the inside.

Step By Step In Pictures For Fried Modak Recipe

1. To prepare the fried modak’s filling, in a non stick pan over medium heat add ghee.

starting the fried modak recipe

2. Now add fresh grated coconut and cook for around 2 minutes.

3. Add grated or chopped jaggery.

4. Cook till the jaggery melts completely.

5. This looks done now.

6. Further add chopped almonds, cashews, raisins and cardamom powder.

7. Cook for couple of more minutes till the mixture becomes dry. Now let it come down to room temperature.

8. In a large bowl add whole wheat flour. (atta)

9. Now add refined flour (maida)

10. Further add salt and mix well.

11. Add ghee and mix again.

12. Now add little water at a time and knead a stiff dough.

13. The is how the dough will look.

14. Add a teaspoon of ghee or oil and knead for 2 more minutes.

15. Cover it with a lid and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

16. Make logs from the dough and divide them into small parts.

17. Make small balls.

18. Dust some wheat flour and roll the dough balls into small round shapes.

19. Make sure it’s rolled evenly rolled from each side.

20. Fill a tablespoon of filling in the centre.

21. Now gently lift it from one side.

22. Fold them on top of each other, forming layers.

23. Give a conical shape on the top of the modak and seal it tightly with your fingers.

24. The modak looks perfect now.

25. Similarly make the rest of the modaks.

26. In a pan/kadai over medium heat add oil and once the oil it heats up, carefully add few modaks in it.

27. Gently stir the modaks, else they might break.

28. The Fried Modaks will begin to change their colour and turn light golden brown.

29. After approximately 8 minutes the fried modaks are have got a nice golden brown crust.

30. Remove them on a tissue paper and similarly fry the rest of the modaks.

fried modaks are ready

31. Enjoy!

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