Saturday, September 11, 2010

Olya Khobryache Modak Recipe – Deep Fried Dumplings with Sweet Stuffing

It’s Ganesh Chaturthi today.
One of the most auspicious days where we welcome Lord Ganesh into our home with lots of pomp and show.
In Goa, Maharashtra and some other states on the west coast of India, this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Ganesh_Chaturthi 1
Ganesh is said to be the God of knowledge and wisdom. His very form is intended to inspire people and teach them ways to lead a happier life.
Ganesh Symbolism
Lord Ganesh is also famous for his love of modak – delicious little deep fried dumplings with sweet and juicy filling of coconut, jaggery and nuts.
ModakHere’s how you can make and enjoy these yourself!
For the filling:
- Grate one coconut and grind it coarsely. This should come out to be about 1 cup.
- Grate jaggery into small chunks. As for quantity, if the grated coconut comes out to be 1 cup, take about 3/4 cup of jaggery. This loosely works for most sweets including laddus. When you take 1 cup of the main ingredient, you can take about half or three fourth of the measure of sweetener. In our case we are using jaggery, you can substitute it with powdered sugar if you prefer that taste.
- Coarsely grind about half a cup of of assorted unsalted nuts. I used almonds, cashew, pistachios and some peanuts. Leave some rather large pieces intact for the lovely crunch.
- Take a handful of dry chana daal (Bengal gram daal)
- 2 tsps of white til (sesame)
- 2 tsp of khaskhas (poppy seeds)
- 1/2 tsp of ilaichi (cardamom) powder or you can use jaiphal (nutmeg) powder
- ghee about 1/2 tbsp
In a dry pan, roast chana daal, sesame and poppy seeds. Remove and keep aside. In the same pan, add some ghee. Once it melts, add coconut and jaggery. Keep stirring. Once jaggery melts, the color of coconut will change from white to golden brown. Now add roasted sesame, poppy seeds, nuts mixture, ilaichi powder and cook some more, stirring continuously.
Some households also add milk to this mixture. Have never tried that myself, though.
Take the cooked stuffing out of the pan and leave aside for cooling.

While it cools, knead your dough.
You’ll need
- Two cups wheat flour or maida (plain flour)
- 1/4 cup sooji (rawa / semolina)
- 1 tbsp ghee
- salt to taste and
- water as required
- Ghee or oil for deep drying
Knead together all ingredients making sure the dough is soft. Not too sticky, nor too dry.
Divide into lemon sized balls and roll each of them into a small sized chapati or poori.
chapati 1 
Now is a little tricky part. Take this poori on your palm and pinch the sides about 5 to 6 times. In the middle hollow add the stuffing you prepared above.
3 With a delicate hand, collect pinched edges and stick them together at the center.
4Take ghee or oil for deep frying into a pan and heat it. Once it is sufficiently hot, add prepared modaks, about 3-4 at a time and fry till they turn golden.
Never keep the modaks around before frying for a long time. The covering will start cracking if it gets dry. If you do need to leave aside for some reason, cover them with a clean damp cloth.
Offer these yummy golden smallies to Lord Ganesh and serve to all your family and friends with love.
Enjoy your Ganesh Chaturthi!
May Lord Ganesh bless you all!!


  1. Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to you. Modak looks excellent and inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. How to Pronounce it. its tough :)
    But will love to share about this sweet.

    last 2 last week ,I went in Ganesha Puja that was in my society. A lady was give this as a Prashad. or you know what was in my mind ,oh GOD how to make Modak (I guess is right to call :) )

    Perhaps Ganesh Ji was listing me @ that time so I got this recipe from you Varada san

    Thanks :)

    Love to listen from u

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  4. I know its not right place to write like this,but truly unable to stop myself to write :)

    I have never met the person like varada.
    Full of life, very honest, and above all DOWN TO EARTH
    I haven't witnessed her being negative ever in life. very postive.

    I love to listen you.

    May your KHANA JI bless you will lots of happiness.

    Stay in touch

  5. @Deepa: Hope you had a great time on Ganesh Chaturthi :)
    @Vincent: Thanks for the invite. I am in.
    @Parul: Thank you so much for your kind words. You made my day.

  6. Modak is among my favs..pls do send in a mail with ur intro for Budding bloggers

  7. Hi Varada,
    not sure if you are still writing, but hope so. You have some great recipes hereand I bookmarked your site. Love this modak, and the dal makhani and sabudana kichedi(good tips). Come back to blogging soon.

  8. Modak looks so inviting and nice pics. Do drop by
    when u find time

  9. Modak looks very yummy, love that stuffing. Thank you for showing interest with Any One Can Cook, it's still on. Looking forward to your entries :)


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