Ukdiche Modak

Lord Ganesh loves these little steamed dumplings made of a translucent rice flour pastry stuffed with a mixture of sweetened coconut and jaggery. And I do too! This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

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Ukdiche Modak
Main Ingredients Rice flour, Fresh coconut
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course Desserts
Prep Time 31-40 minutes
Cook time 16-20 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Sweet
Level of Cooking Difficult
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Ukdiche Modak

  • 1 1/2 cups Rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Fresh coconut grated
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • a pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Jaggery (gur) grated
  • 1 tablespoons Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) roasted
  • a pinch Green cardamom powder
  • a pinch Nutmeg powder


  1. Heat one and one-fourth cups of water with salt and one teaspoon oil in a deep non-stick pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and add the rice flour in a steady flow, stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Cover the pan with a deep lid and pour some water into the lid. Cook on low heat for three minutes.
  3. Remove the lid, sprinkle some cold water on the rice flour and cover again with the lid with water in it; cook for another three minutes. Repeat this process twice more. Take the pan off the heat and keep it covered for two minutes.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a large plate (parat), grease the palms of your hands with oil and knead the dough till completely smooth and pliable. The dough should not stick to your palms. Rest the dough covered with a damp cloth.
  5. For the stuffing, combine the coconut and jaggery in a non-stick pan and cook on medium heat for one or two minutes till light golden brown. Make sure that you do not overcook the mixture. Add the roasted poppy seeds, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder, and mix well. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Divide the coconut mixture into twelve equal portions.
  6. Divide the dough into twelve equal portions and shape them into balls. Grease the palms of your hands and spread each ball to form a three-inch bowl. Press the edges of the bowls to reduce the thickness.
  7. Place a portion of the stuffing in the centre; pleat the edges of the dough and gather them together to form a bundle. Pinch to seal the edges at the top.
  8. Heat sufficient water in a steamer. Place the modak on a perforated plate in the steamer and steam for ten to twelve minutes.
  9. Serve hot modak with pure ghee.