The country is immersed in the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi 2018. If you are planning to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi and make it a grand affair, you must have loads of sweets and savouries on the menu to offer to Ganpatiji and serve as prasad or bhog. While you decide which ones to prepare and enjoy, you surely cannot miss the delicious modaks which are considered to be one of Ganpati's most favourite sweets. Did you know that Ganeshji is also known as Modakpriya because of hid love for these sweet delights? Modaks are sweet dumplings that are filled with grated coconut or jaggery. While this is the basic and original form of a modak, there are other exciting types too that have been introduced in order to satiate evolving palates across the country. People are now experimenting with newer forms of modak fillings and you must try them too.
If you are planning to give the same old modaks a break this Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi, pick from the list below that we have made to make Lord Ganesha happy
1. Steamed Modak
Steamed Modaks, also known as Ukadiche Modak are made in a steamer pan and is the most popular variety of modak, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi. These modaks are made with rice flour, maida or wheat flour and are filled with grated coconut and jaggery. (Also read: Ganesha Chaturthi 2017: Here's Why Ganesha Loves Modak)
2. Fried Modak
Fried Modak is yet another version of modak, also known as patholi. These modaks can be made from whole wheat flour. The modaks are either deep fried or shallow fried and filled with a sweet, chewy coconut stuffing. They have a very crunchy and crispy outer covering.
3. Chana Dal Modak
Chana Dal Modak is also known as Kadalai Paruppu Pooranam Kozhukattai in Tamil and has a similar method of preparation, just the filling inside is different. The stuffing has cooked chana dal and jaggery mixed in it.
4. Rava Modak
The outer casing of the modak is made with rava and can be filled with anything from coconut to jaggery and poppy seeds and even chopped nuts and seeds. To make the outer covering of rava, all you need to do is to roast the rava on a pan and keep it on a separate plate. In another pan, add water and milk and some ghee. Let the mixture come to boil and then add roasted rava in it. Stir it continuously till it turns into dough-like consistency. Once it cools down, you can shape it into modaks.
5. Dry Fruits Modak
You can use a delectable mixture of dry fruits like almonds, cashew nuts, raisins, chironji, pistachios, seedless dates and khus khus to fill up the modaks. You can also add coconut and mawa (khoya) to give it a good base. The outer covering of the modak can be the same.
6. Dark Chocolate Modak
Who would have thought that chocolate modaks would become a thing? You can make the outer covering of the modak with chocolate powder and glucose biscuit and stuff it with melted chocolate. Don't believe us, try this recipe of Chocolate Modak. The filling can also include grated coconut and various dry fruits.
Go ahead and give a nice twist to Ganpati's favourite sweet.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2018!