Modak Recipe | Modakam | How to make Modak

Modak Recipe | Modakam:- Modak sweet is a sweet stuffed dumpling which is offered to Lord Ganesh, ( Son of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvathi ) as prasad or naivedyam during Ganesh Chaturthi.

Lord Ganesha loves Modak hence he is named as modakpriya & modak Ganesha, Modak has got many other names such as Modak in Telugu called as kudumu, & other different names are kadubu, modakam, kozhukattai are the names of modak.


Ganesha is refer as the remover of the obstacles of life. Most of the people offer their prayers even on regular days. Even if you are celebrating any other festival or pooja offering prayers to Lord Ganesha first is important.

Vinayaka Chaturthi is a festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha in India. It’s said that the Lord Ganesha loves modak so these are made in every home celebrating this special day.

What is Modak?

Modak meaning is made from rice flour dough and sweet coconut jaggery fillings. Traditionally modak is handmade, stuffed and steam cooked.

The Stuffing is Flavour with Cardamom powder and nutmeg.

Modaks are also made with different stuffing in other states of India, like plain jaggery, Chana dal jagger, sesame jaggery, peanut jaggery and coconut jaggery. Some of them make plain modaks also Without any stuffing.

In this post am going to share coconut jaggery stuffed modak. And the shape of the Modak is different from Telugu Kudumu, I will show you the difference in the shape of modak and kudumu

How to shape Modak?

There are 2 ways to make modak. One is you can use a mould which are easily available supermarkets and the other way is to shape them using your hands. Making modak using moulds is super easy.

If you live in different country where the moulds are not available then they can be handmade.

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How to make Modak Recipe | Modakam:

Modak Ingredients:

Sweet filling for modak recipe:
  • Grated coconut – 2 cups
  • Powdered Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Green Cardamom – 4 nos ( powdered )
  • Grated nutmeg powder – 1/8 teaspoon
  • Ghee – 1 Teaspoon
For the outer cover:
  • Rice flour – 1 cup
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ghee – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 1 cup

How to make modak recipe | Modakam:

Making Sweet filling for modak recipe | Modakam:
  • Take a pan with a tablespoon of ghee on a medium flame to heat.
  • Now add grated coconut and Powdered Jaggery in the hot pan with ghee.
  • Mix them well and saute them until both the mixture turns thick, Make sure you are not overcooking it.
  • Cook it till there is no excess moisture in the pan till it turns dry.
  • Now add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder.
  • Mix everything well and turn off the flame.
  • Your filling is ready to make modak.

Making Dough for modak recipe | modakam:

Rice Flour Dough
  • Take a hollow pan and add a cup of water in it.
  • Add salt and ghee to the water and bring the water to boil.
  • Once the water is at the boiling point regulate the flame to low and add rice flour.
  • Mix it flour with a good mix do not let the dough to form lumpy, dry or crumbly at this stage.
  • Turn off the flame and cover the vessel and let the dough steam in the residual heat.
  • Rest the dough until comes down a bit.
  • While the mixture is slight hot start kneading to a soft nonstick yet smooth crack free dough.
  • If the mixture looks dry simply sprinkle some hot or warm water and knead the dough.
  • Make small & equal portion balls. Cover the balls using a muslin cloth and do not let the dough balls dry.
  • Ensure the coconut filling is cooled completely before you start making modak.
How to make modak Recipe | Modakam using a Mould:
  • Grease the moulds lightly using ghee. close the moulds and keep a dough ball inside and press & spread the dough evenly to the sides of the mould.
  • Stuff the sweet coconut and seal the mould carefully, open the mould and transfer the modak to a greased steamer.
How to make handmade modak:
  • Take a dough ball, make a dent in the middle of the dough ball.
  • Dip your fingers in water and begin to spread the dough to a disc shape using your thumb and forefingers.
  • Pinch off little dough on the outer side of the disc and make pleats at a distance of 1/2 inch.
  • Stuff 1 to 1 & 1/2 sweet coconut mixture in the centre.
  • Bring all the pleats and join them carefully. if needed moisten the fingers and join them.
  • Using the same method make all the modaks.
Steaming Modak:
Steam Cooking, Pic from
  • Place all the modak in a greased steamer or just spread a moist cloth in the steam basket.
  • Sprinkle some saffron on modak if you like.
  • Now Place a steamer or a pot, pour 1 1/2 cup of water and bring it to boil on a medium flame.
  • Now place the steam basket inside and steam cook for 10 mins.
  • Once steamed pour a few drops of ghee over the modaks and ready to offer the modaks to Lord Ganesh and serve them as prasad.

Nutrition facts:

Calories 190 kcal | Carbohydrates 32 g | Protein 1 g | Fat 6 g | Saturated Fat 5 g | Cholesterol 3 mg | Sodium 7 mg | Potassium 66 mg | Fiber 1 g | Sugar 19 g | Vitamin C 0.6 mg | Calcium 11 mg | Iron 0.6 mg.

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