Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mothagam Recipe - Pillayarpatti Modakam | Vinayagar Chaturthi Recipes

Mothagam Recipe
Mothagam / Modak, Ulundu Kozhukattai and Chana Sundal is traditionally made for Ganesh Chaturthi.This mothagam is specially made in Pillayarpati temple and they give it as prasadam... I have had it few times and always love it so always longed for this mothagam kohzhukattai whenever we visit pillayarpatti. Amma asked me to post it last year itself but somehow I missed it so this year here I am with this easy mothagam recipe

I first thought of shaping it like modaks but amma said this is the way they make in pillayarpatti and insisted me to make it the traditional way :)
Pillayarpatti Modakam

Pillayarpatti Mothagam RecipePillayarpatti Modakam

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Raw Rice - 1 cup
Moong Dal - 1/4 cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp + for greasing
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Water - 2 and 3/4 cups


  1. Dry roast raw rice for 3mins,set aside. Then dry roast moong dal till it turns golden brown and nice aroma rises. Cool down and then transfer it to a mixer.
    how to make modakam_step1
  2. Grind it to a coarse powder more like rava consistency.Roast the mixture in a tsp of ghee for 3mins,Set aside.Dissolve jaggery in a cup of water, strain to remove impurities. Add this jaggery water + remaining 1 and 3/4 cups of water in a nonstick pan and allow it to boil.
    how to make modakam_step2
  3. Once it starts to boil vigorously add the ice mixture and keep stirring.Close and cook for 3mins.After 5-7mins you can notice that the rice has cooked soft.At this stage add ghee and keep stirring.
    how to make modakam_step3
  4. After few mins it starts to collect as a mass leaving the sides of the pan. You can take a small quantity and roll it and see it forms a ball easily then thats the correct stage.Add coconut,cardamom powder and switch off.
    how to make modakam_step4
  5. Cool down the mixture, then grease your hands with ghee and roll them into lemon sized balls.Steam the modaks in for atleast 10mins.
    how to make modakam_step5
Serve hot / warm!
Mothagam Recipe

My Notes:

  • The water quantity may vary according to the rice variety so adjust accordingly.
  • These mothagams are not very sweet they are mild sweet but if you prefer you can add more jaggery.
  • Do not overcook,else the modaks will turn hard and rubbery.
  • You can make the rice and mong dal mixture in advance so that on the festive days its easy to put together.
  • The mixture should be like rava in consistency only then it will get cooked easily.
Pillayarpatti Modakam

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Wish u a happy Ganesh Chaturthi! Lovely looking modaks. This is a new recipe to me!

  2. Super easy and tempting kozhukattai, wonderful presentation

  3. I just love the pictures up there! Cute modakams...Happy Ganesh Chathurthi ;)

  4. Wow , never knew about this modhagam . Looks lovely :)

  5. this will be incredibly tasty as i love all the ingredients used here

  6. similar to last kozhukattai ( i meant the making process) ! loved it totally !

  7. All Kozhukattai's're simply Superb... The way you showed in the page's Awesome... Good Going...

  8. Wholesome and mouthwatering looking modakam.

  9. Wow.. Visiting your blog for the first time after my friend's reference. Really hats off for the effort you put and the way you present it. Thank you.

  10. Looks yumm and easy to make. Thanks for sharing

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  11. loved this recipe....!!! will try it sometime...!! thanks !!

  12. Nice recipe and lovely pictures :)

  13. Hey, tried it today.. My first attempt at kolukattais. Came out awesome. All home-mates loved it. Thanks a bunch !!

  14. Hi Sharmi i tried ur mothagam recipe it came out nice and very tasty... thanks to u and love ur recipes all tooo!!

  15. Hi sharmi first of all i thanku for the recipe it came our very tasty and my 1yr loved it very much.... i browse many website but ur the one having this recipe ... i love too thanks again..!!!

  16. thank you soo much for the recipe....tried it and turned out very well...!!!!!! Awesome recipe, something new and easy tooo......!!!!

  17. Everytime it's ur recipe that comes in hand... thanks Sharmis passion
    ...for wonderful illustration n easy method s...


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