Modak (Jilledu kayalu) is a sweet dumpling with filled with Coconut/Sugar (kobbari laskora) or Sesame Seed Powder/ Jaggery (Chimmili).
Modaks are one of Ganeshji’s favorite recipes, and we usually make them at home for Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a simple and delicious dish with natural ingredients. If you are not a big fan of sugar or would rather avoid it, the Jaggery and coconut filling is equally delicious.
Time for preparation :45 Mins
Makes 10 Modaks
- 1 Cup- Rice
- 2 tablespoons-Oil
- Half cup-Water
For the Filling:
Coconut/Sugar (Kobbari Laskora)
- 1 Cup-Grated Coconut
- 1 Cup-Sugar
Sesame Seed Powder/Jaggery (Chimmili):
- 1 Cup-Sesame Seeds
- 1/2 Cup-Jaggery
For the Homemade rice flour:
Coconut/Sugar Mixture (Kobbari Laskora)
- Place a pan on low flame, add 1 cup of grated coconut and mix the for a couple of minutes
- Add 1/2 – 1 cup of sugar (according to taste) to the grated coconut and mix until desired consistency is achieved. You will know when the sugar dissolves and the mixture coagulates. Sprinkle a few drops of water if the mixture appears to be drying out.
- Cool the mixture and make elliptical balls .
Sesame Seeds/Jaggery Mixture (Chimmili)
- Fry one cup of sesame seeds in a pan until they are light brown.
- Grind the fried sesame seeds in a mixer, and then add some grated jaggery
- Grind the mixture until it coagulates as comes together as a ball.
- Make elliptical balls from the mixture.
Modak (Jilludu Kayalu)
- In another pan boil the water with 1 teaspoon of oil .Reduce the flame,add the homemade rice flour and stir continuously to ensure that no lumps are formed.
- Grease your palms with oil, pick some dough and flatten it with your hand
- Place the coconut mixture/sesame seed mixture in the flattened dough, and close it.
- Press it with your hand and place it in a mould to give a nice shape.
- Place the Modak in the steamer or Idli cooker for 5 min in a low flame.
- Tasty Modaks are ready to serve.