Treats for Ganesha and you

modak

Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner and it’s time to make special dishes, offer to the deity and indulge ourselves. Here are recipes for two South Indian specials for the festival

modak

Modakam

These are simple steamed sweets and considered a favourite of Ganesha

Ingredients

For the casing:

1 cup rice flour

1 and half cups water

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp oil

For the filling:

1 cup grated coconut

½ cup grated jaggery

1 tsp cardamom powder

Method

Add the oil and salt to the water and bring to a boil. Then add the flour and stir vigorously, till the mixture becomes a smooth, shiny dough.

Remove from the heat, knead well and allow to cool.

To make the filling, heat the jaggery over a low flame, add the coconut and cardamom and stir till the mixture thickens. Allow to cool.

To shape the modakams, take a lime-sized piece of the rice flour dough and pat into a circle. Place a teaspoon of coconut filling inside and bring the edges together in a cone shape.

This may look tricky, but with practice you will get it right. Steam the modakams for about ten minutes till done.

Sundal

This dish of tempered channa is another favourite for the Ganesha festival

Ingredients

2 cups white channa

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

2 red chillies, broken

Sprig of curry leaves

Pinch of hing

Salt to taste

½ cup grated coconut

Method

Soak the channa overnight or for 8 hours. Pressure cook for 20 minutes till tender.

Drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a pan, add the mustard, hing, chilli pieces and curry leaves. Put in the channa and add salt to taste. Finish with the grated coconut.

 

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