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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

"Saffron Modaks"

"Happy Ganesh Festival"

There is nothing more beautiful and fulfilling then celebrating festivals. Today the eleven day long Lord Ganesh festival has started. With the arrival of Lord Ganesha, every lane and house is filled with festive air and each person gets busy celebrating the sacred time.
To celebrate the arrival of this festival and to welcome Lord Ganesha, I prepared Modaks yesterday which is considered as one of his favourite sweets.
There are varied types of Modaks (sweet dumplings ) made in Maharashtra which are offered to the God during this festival. Steamed ones made with rice flour and filled with coconut and jaggery filling, fried ones made with flour and filled with nuts, coconut and jaggery and then there are the khoya ( dried whole milk) modaks which are soft and yummy in taste. 
Today I am sharing the recipe for Saffron Khoya Modak. This week Ill share one more recipe of fried modaks which I prepared last year. 
Indulge in some sweet treats and enjoy the festival :)

"Saffron Modaks" - Sweet Dumplings


250 gms Khoya ( Dried whole milk)
100 gms - powdered sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder
few strands of saffron soaked in little warm milk
1 tsp ghee ( clarified butter)

  • Heat ghee in a non stick pan and saute the khoya till it turns light pink and  you can get the roasted smell
  • Remove from heat and let it cool
  • Add sugar, cardamom powder and soaked saffron to the cooled khoya and knead the mixture
  • Keep it in the fridge for an hour so it becomes firm and easy to shape
  • Make small round balls of the mixture and shape them into modaks ( Refer to the pic above). You can use a modak mould too to shape them. 
  • Chill for an hour and then serve. 
Note : You can use crushed pistachios, almonds or any other flavour to make different styled modaks using the above recipe. You can even add grated chocolate and make choco modaks. 
To add some more style to the modak, I used a toothpick and made fine lines around it. You can use your own creativity and decorate the modak. 

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