Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Healthy modak recipe for kids

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: As we usher in Ganesh Chaturthi, it’s time to indulge in the elephant god’s favourite sweet ‘Modak’. With these healthy Modaks, you don’t have to ask your child to stop at one! With no artificial sugar and rounded ingredients like coconut, dried fruit and nuts as well as seeds, these modaks give you complete nutrition of protein, fibre and some great antioxidants from the coconut and jaggery! Try these recipes courtesy Chef Swasti Aggarwal, Food Strategist Foodhall.

Ingredients

For the stuffing

Coconut, grated 1 cup

Jaggery, grated 2/3 cup

Mixed Dry fruits ½ cup (almonds, raisins, pistachio, cashews, etc)

Mixed seeds (sunflower seeds, melon seeds etc), finely chopped ¼ cup

Pure ghee 2 tsp

A pinch of saffron, cardamom and nutmeg powder

For the cover

Rice flour 1 cup

A pinch of salt

Ghee 2 tsp

Water 1 cup

Method

For the stuffing

Heat ghee in a pan and add all the ingredients for the stuffing.

Cook till all moisture from jaggery begins to dry. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes for the mixture to dry on low flame. Stir every few minutes but do not overcook the mixture.

For the cover

Boil water, add 1 tsp of ghee and set aside.

Add a pinch of salt and 1 tsp of ghee to the flour and mix it thoroughly.

Add the dough to the boiling water. Lower heat. Mix well.

Cover the vessel, keep it for 5 minutes on low flame to let the rice cook.

Knead the dough into a smooth paste while hot.

Making the Modaks

Apply pinch of oil/ghee on your palms and make small balls of the dough.

Flatten it to give it the shape of a katori. Press the edges of the katori-shaped dough with slight pressure at every 1 inch distance.

The edges of the katori will now look like the petals of the flower.

Put some stuffing in the katori and close the ends to give them a shape like fresh figs or momos.

Take a leaf of banana or a soft cloth like muslin, and apply bit oil/ghee on it and place it in the steamer pan.

Place all the modaks on the leaf or cloth and close the lid.

Steam it for 5 to 6 minutes and turn off the flame.

Your healthy modaks are ready to be served.