Modak (Modhaka/Kozhakkatta/Kadubu/Modhakam) Sweet dumplings with grated coconut and jaggery filling)

Sweet Modak with salted cardamom sauce

Modak is an ultimate festive treat. Rice flour dumplings filled with a jaggery and grated coconut filling, and cooked over steam, this is a great Indian dessert you can fall in love with!

There is a small twist in this “take-it-easy” recipe. Instead of using cardamom in the filling, I made a salted, thick, cardamom flavoured jaggery sauce. This is my equivalent of a salted caramel sauce, and goes well with the rich sweetness of the modaks.

This recipe is for handcrafted modaks. You can buy some moulds to make the casings, and save time and effort of making them of yourself.

Sweet modaks with a hint of salted cardamom sauce. One for everyone is just not enough!

 

Modak (Modhaka/Kozhakkatta/Kadubu/Modhakam) Sweet dumplings with grated coconut and jaggery filling)

 

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Modak (Modhaka/Kozhakkatta/Kadubu/Modhakam) Sweet dumplings with grated coconut and jaggery filling) Yum
Modak is an ultimate festive treat. Rice flour dumplings filled with a jaggery and grated coconut filling, and cooked over steam, this is a great Indian dessert you can fall in love with!
Modak (Modhaka/Kozhakkatta/Kadubu/Modhakam) Sweet dumplings with grated coconut and jaggery filling)
Course dessert
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
piece
Ingredients
For the shell
For the filling
For the sauce
Course dessert
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
piece
Ingredients
For the shell
For the filling
For the sauce
Modak (Modhaka/Kozhakkatta/Kadubu/Modhakam) Sweet dumplings with grated coconut and jaggery filling)
Instructions
Modak filling
  1. Get the ingredients ready. For grated jaggery, I chipped a block of jaggery to small pieces.
  2. Heat one teaspoon ghee in a pan and fry the sesame seeds on a low flame.
  3. Add grated coconut and jaggery.
  4. Mix well, and cook for a few minutes. Wait for the jaggery to melt and blend well with the coconut.
  5. Switch off the flame, and keep the mixture aside to cool. This is the filling for our modak.
Rice flour casing
  1. Heat a cup of water in a pan, add a teaspoon ghee, and a generous pinch of salt. Bring to boil and switch off.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add a cup of rice flour. Pour the water to the mixing bowl little at a time. Mix the flour using a spoon. Pour enough to wet the flour. You wouldn't need all the hot water to mix the flour.
  3. Wait for the mixture to cool a down a bit so that you can work on it with your hands. Knead well, while it's hot, to a smooth dough.
  4. Divide it into to 10 equal balls.
  5. To keep the dough from going dry, cover the bowl with a wet cloth or a cling film.
  6. Apply a little ghee or oil and grease the back of a plate. Wet your palms, take one of the dough balls and roll it to a palm sized disk. Tip: If you add a little more ghee in the dough and while rolling, you'll be able to get a much thinner, smoother disks.
  7. Take a heaped teaspoon (ideally 1/10th of the mix) of the modak mix and place it on the rice flour disk.
  8. Take the rice disk on your hand, and slowly fold around the modak mix to form a dumpling.
  9. Bring together the edges to close the casing. Leave a small hole, or pinch of a small piece off the top to let the steam out. Otherwise the modaks might crack while cooking.
  10. Repeat the steps 6-9 for the remaining dough balls. Place them on a steaming basket without touching each other. I used a sieve, but a steaming basket is ideal.
    Modak (Modhaka/Kozhakkatta/Kadubu/Modhakam) Sweet dumplings with grated coconut and jaggery filling)
  11. Take some water in a pot, and bring to boil. Place the steaming basket on the pot, and cover with a lid. Since I didn't use a proper steaming basket and a deep lid, a lot of steam escaped through the sides. It took more time for me to get the modaks cooked. If you can have a better arrangement and hold the steam inside your modaks will be cooked in 15 minutes. It took me 25 mins to get them cooked.
For the sauce
  1. Tip: You can do away with this sauce if you crush and coarsely grind the cardamoms and add it to your Modak filling in step 2. Take a cup of water in a pan. You can use the same pan in which you made the modak filling. Crush the cardamoms and add to the water. Also add two tablespoons of jaggery, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cumin seeds and sesame seeds, and bring to boil.
  2. Continue boiling on a high flame while stirring occasionally. Reduce to half, strain it through a sieve and let it cool (not shown in pictures) to a thick sauce. This is our modak sauce. It's our version of a salted caramel sauce. You can add more salt if you want.
Serving suggestion
  1. Drizzle some sauce on top and serve the modaks hot.
    Modak (Modhaka/Kozhakkatta/Kadubu/Modhakam) Sweet dumplings with grated coconut and jaggery filling)

6 Comments

  1. Paluk Khanna

    waow ….like the twist og salted caramel sauce !!!!

  2. The take it easy chef

    Thank you! 🙂

  3. Sujata Shukla

    Love the unusual combination!

  4. The take it easy chef

    Thank you. Not everyone likes cardamom in their desserts. So I thought I’ll provide it on the side, and with a twist – the unusual combination you mentioned by adding salt. 🙂

  5. Bindiya Panicker

    Had the privilege of eating these modaks that Arun prepared. This was one of the best modak I ever had. And the sauce was out of the world, I loved cardamom flavour in the sauce. please get me some more and I call dibs 🙂

  6. The take it easy chef

    🙂 Bindiya, thank you for the encouraging words!
    Let me try to make another batch 😉

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