Ukadiche Naralache (Coconut) & Chocolate Modak






Ukadiche modak is a sweet dumpling very much popular in Maharashtra and south India. Modak can be fried or steamed. Ukadiche Modak is a marathi word which means "Steamed modak". The filling is made of fresh coconut and jaggery, the covering is made of rice flour. I have given these dumplings a twist, have stuffed  some of them with chocolate. A famous Indian dessert consumed highly during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Ingredients

For the Filling
1 Cup Coconut   - grated
3 Tablespoon Jaggery - grated
2 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Cardamon and  Nutmeg powder
1 Tablespoon Almond powder
A teaspoon ghee
Sweet or Bitter Chocolate pieces - I used bitter chocolate
For the Shell:
1 Cup water
1 teaspoon Ghee
1 Cup Rice Flour
A pinch of salt

Method



To prepare the coconut filling:
Heat a pan, add the ghee, grated coconut, sugar and jaggery.
Stir till the jaggery melts and it dries up a little. Add the cardamon and nutmeg powder, mix well. Keep aside to cool.

For the Modak:
In a microwave proof dish, add water, ghee, salt and on high for 2 minutes then add the flour,  mix well. While the dough is still hot, knead it well.





Now take a little dough, roll it into a ball, and roll it into in thin and round puri, place it into the greased modak mould. Put a spoonful of the filling onto the dough and close the mould tightly remove the excess flour from the side and with bottom flour fold it to seal the modak.



In the same way prepare the chocolate modaks by adding a small piece of chocolate.




Put the modaks in a muslin cloth and steam them for 10- 15 minutes. Serve hot with ghee.  These modaks vanished in a jiffy as soon as they were ready.  The chocolate ones were really awesome, when I asked my daughter if given a choice which ones she would like the coconut or chocolate filling.  Here is her prompt answer the chocolate ones.





Labels: Sweets & Desserts, Festival Sweets
sneha datar
sneha datar

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.

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