Sep 16, 2015

Chana Dal Modak Recipe - Modakam Recipe

I am up with the final recipe for ganesh chaturthi. This is one of my favourite sweet or modak. It is so tasty and pretty easy to make as well.

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The outer dough is soft and inner filling is sweet, totally it will really hit the spot. This is the filling which i made for my susiyam and it works really good..

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 1 hour
Makes : 12 to 15 modak


For Dough:
Rice Flour / Store Bought Arisi Mavu - 1 cup
Salt a pinch
Hot Boiling Water as needed
Gingelly Oil - 2 tsp + more for greasing mould

For Filling:
Jaggery / Sarkarai / Palm Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Chana Dal / Kadalai Paruppu - 1 cup
Water - 2.5 cup
Coconut - 1 cup grated
Cardamom Powder / Yelakai podi- 1 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp


Take Chana dal in a pressure cooker, add in 2.5 cup of water. Pressure cook for 4 whistle, simmer for 5 mins. Turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the cooker and set aside.

Take jaggery and water in a sauce pan and heat till it is melted. Strain and set aside.

Pour this back into the same kadai. Add in coconut, cooked chana dal and mix well.

Keep cooking this till it is thick. Add in cardamom powder, ghee and mix well. Remove this to a bowl and allow it to cool down.

Divide it into small balls.

Now make the dough. Take water in a sauce pan, add in salt and 1 tsp of oil. Once the water reaches a boil add in rice flour and mix well. It will become like a sticky dough.

Now remove this to a bowl and let it cool for 15 mins. Once it is cooled, add in 1 tsp of oil and make it into a soft dough.

Now take modak mould and grease it lightly. Take small portion of dough and spread it evenly in mould. Place the filling in and cover it with more dough.Now release the mould, you will have a modak.

Or you can make it as small balls. Take a small portion of dough and flatten it thinly. Place a small ball of filling in it and cover it. Roll it between your hands to Smoothen it.

Now place this in a steamer and steam it for 8 to 10 mins.

Let it cool for 5 mins before removing and serve.

Take chana dal

add it in pressure cooker..cover with water

cook till done

it should be cooked completely

take jaggery in a kadai

add water

heat till it is melted

strain it

look at the dirt

this is clean jaggery syrup

take cooked chana dal in the same pan

add jaggery water

add in coconut

add little salt

mix well

keep cooking

it will get thick

keep cooking

now it is pretty thick


add in cardamom powder

add little ghee 

mix well..let it it cools it will get thicker

take some filling

shape it into ball


Heat water in a sauce pan

add in a touch of salt

Add some oil

Bring it to a boil

Take it of heat and add in rice flour

keep mixing

remove this to a bowl and allow it to cool down

add a tsp of oil

make it into a soft dough
Now take your moulds..These are some fancy moulds which i got from my supermart

grease it with oil

take two balls

flatten it like this

place filling in center

close it like this

ta da..

how beautiful it looks

You can make as small balls too..take a ball

flatten it like this

place filling in the center

cover it like this

seal it well

roll it into smooth balls

time to steam

place it in a steamer and steam



  1. I found this recipe just when I thought it was so hard to make modaks. Thank you. It turned out great.

  2. Hi.. can I replace gingerly oil with normal cooking oil?

  3. hi my outer layer turned out very hard. what could have gone wrong?


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