The auspicious festival of Ganeshotsav is celebrated with a lot of devotion across the country. Many versions of Ganesha’s favorite sweet Modak are made and offered to Him during Puja. There is a tradition of offering 21 Modaks as Naivedya to the Elephant God.
Had come across the recipe of Coconut Laddoos with a gulkand filling. Thus I got an idea of using gulkand filling for modaks. Gulkand and some dry fruits came up to be a wonderful combination. I loved this filling. The sweetness from gulkand gave the modak a very good taste. Sharing the recipe for the same here.
An offering made to Lord Ganesha.
- 1 Cup Gulkand
- 1/2 Cup Chopped dry fruits of your choice (You can use any of your favorite dry fruits. I have used a combination of Cashew Nuts, Almonds and Pistachios.)
- 2 Cups Maida
- 1/2 Cup Rava/Sooji/Semolina
- 3/4 Cup Milk/Water
- 2 Tbsp Warm ghee/oil
- Salt to taste
- Ghee/Oil for frying
- Take maida and rava in a bowl and add salt and knead a soft dough. You can use either Milk or Water to knead the dough. Cover and set the dough aside for 20-25 mins.
- As the dough rests, we can make the stuffing. For this, mix the gulkand and dry fruits and set aside.
- After the rest time is over, take the dough and knead it a little to give it a uniform texture. Divide the dough into small balls. Roll each ball flat and add sufficient amount of stuffing to this.
- Give the balls the shape of a Modak.
- Fry the Modak in Oil or Ghee on medium flame until it gets a golden color.