How to make Chana Dal Modak - SK Khazana -

The traditional modak given twist with chana dal stuffing.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Split Bengal gram (chana dal) (चने की दाल), Rice flour (चावल का आटा)

Cuisine : Indian, Maharashtrian

Course : Mithais

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Chana Dal Modak - SK Khazana

Chana Dal Modak - SK Khazana Recipe Card


Mithais are desserts that are unique to India. Mostly made with rich ingredients like milk, dried fruit, sugar and clarified butter each region in India has its own unique range of colourful decadent sweets that never fail to impress. A slight hint of green cardamom powder gives most of these a beautiful aroma and taste that has always been associated with mithais.

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Chana Dal Modak - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked and boiled till ¾ done 1 cup

  • Rice flour 2 cups

  • Ghee 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Ghee 1/4 teaspoon

  • Jaggery (gur) chopped 1 cup

  • Coconut scraped 3/4 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt a pinch

  • Oil for greasing


Step 1

Put the boiled chana dal in a chopper and coarsely crush it.

Step 2

Heat 1½ tbsps ghee in a non-stick pan, add the crushed chana dal and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

Add jaggery, mix and cook on medium heat till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and thickens slightly.

Step 4

Add coconut and green cardamom powder, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and set aside to cool completely.

Step 5

Meanwhile to make the dough, boil 2 cups water in a deep non-stick pan. Add salt and remaining ghee.

Step 6

Add rice flour, mix and switch the heat off. Cover with a lid and set aside for 1-2 minutes.

Step 7

Transfer the dough into a large plate and slightly knead with a cup while the dough is still warm. Continue to knead till a soft dough is formed and cover with a damp muslin cloth.

Step 8

To make the modaks, grease your palm with a little oil, take a portion of the dough and shape into a ball. Place the dough ball on a worktop and roll into a medium disc.

Step 9

Grease a modak mould with some oil, place a portion of the dough and press it well against the sides of the mould. Now place apportion of the chana dal mixture and cover the bottom with some more dough and gently demould.

Step 10

Heat sufficient water in a steamer, place the modaks in it and steam for 8-10 minutes.

Step 11

Transfer them on a serving plate, garnish with saffron strands and serve warm.

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