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How to prepare a millet modak recipe?

How to prepare a millet modak recipe?

, by saikat dutta, 3 min reading time

How to prepare a millet modak recipe?, the sweet dumplings traditionally enjoyed during Ganesh Chaturthi, hold a special place in the hearts of many. While the classic rice flour modak is a beloved favorite, exploring healthier alternatives like millet modak can be a delightful way to enjoy this festive treat.

This blog post delves into the world of millet modak, guiding you through the process of creating these delicious and nutritious offerings. We'll explore the ingredients, the step-by-step recipe, and some helpful tips for achieving perfect modaks.

Why Choose Millet?

Millets are a group of ancient grains known for their high nutritional value. They are a rich source of protein, fiber, and essential minerals like iron and calcium. Moreover, millets are naturally gluten-free, making them a perfect choice for individuals with gluten intolerance.

By opting for millet modaks, you can enjoy a guilt-free indulgence while reaping the benefits of these nutritious grains.

Ingredients:

  • For the outer shell:
    • 1 cup little millet flour (also known as samai)
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/4 teaspoon ghee
    • Pinch of salt
  • For the filling:
    • 1 cup grated jaggery
    • 1/2 cup grated coconut
    • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (cashews, almonds, raisins)
    • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
    • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • For the steamer:
    • Water
    • Few banana leaves (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the outer shell:
    • In a bowl, combine the millet flour, water, ghee, and salt. Mix well to form a smooth dough. If the dough feels dry, add a little more water.
    • Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare the filling:
    • In a pan, heat the ghee. Add the grated jaggery and cook on low heat until it melts completely.
    • Add the grated coconut, chopped nuts, and cardamom powder. Mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
    • Remove from heat and let the filling cool slightly.
  3. Assemble the modaks:
    • Grease your hands with a little ghee. Take a small portion of the dough and roll it into a ball.
    • Flatten the ball and make a small cup shape with your fingers.
    • Fill the cup with the prepared filling.
    • Bring the edges of the dough together and pinch them to seal the modak.
    • Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling.
  4. Steam the modaks:
    • If using banana leaves, cut them into small squares and grease them with ghee. Place a modak on each square and fold the leaves to form a pouch.
    • Arrange the modaks in a steamer basket lined with a cloth.
    • Add water to the steamer and bring it to a boil.
    • Steam the modaks for 10-15 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
    • Remove the modaks from the steamer and let them cool slightly before serving.

Tips:

  • For a richer flavor, you can add a pinch of saffron to the filling.
  • If you don't have banana leaves, you can simply grease the steamer basket with ghee.
  • To check if the modaks are cooked, insert a toothpick into one. If it comes out clean, the modaks are ready.
  • You can store leftover modaks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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