Wishing all readers a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi !
Modak is the most common dessert prepared on this festive day. Since Ganesha loved food, lots of delicacies are prepared today. Some families make 21 types of food in the offering. Kids keep their books in pooja for getting Ganesha’s blessing. Cultural activities like dramas, songs etc are common after the evening pooja. Building clay idol of Ganesha is a fun activity and it promotes eco-friendly way of celebrating this festival.
Ingredients to make dough
- All purpose flour / maida – half cup
- Penne rava / fine suji – two tsp
- Ghee – two tsp
- Salt – a pinch
- Water – to make dough ( approximately little less than one-fourth cup)
Ingredients to make stuffing
- Grated fresh coconut – three-fourth cup
- Jaggery – one-fourth cup and three tblsp
- Chopped cashews – one tblsp
- Kas kas – one tblsp
- Ghee – one tsp
Procedure to make dough
In a pan, add all-purpose flour, penne rava, salt and ghee. Mix well. Now add little by little water and knead to make dough (should not be too soft or hard). Smear the dough with little ghee. Cover it and keep it aside for 15 to 30 mins. Divide the dough into equal parts.
Procedure to make stuffing
Heat the pan, add ghee, kas kas and cashew. Fry until light brown. Add jaggery and coconut. Keep stirring until moisture evaporates and stuffing thickens. Keep it aside to cool slightly. Divide the stuffing.
Make small balls out of maida dough and roll them (dust them with dry Maida flour) as shown in the pictures below. Take small amount stuffing and place it in the middle of the roll. Fold up the sides to form pouch. Pinch or press to close. Heat oil and deep fry until they are golden brown. Ready to serve…..
Serves three to four