Friday, September 11, 2015

Fried Modak Recipe - Fried Mothagam

Fried Modak Recipe
Fried Modak or Fried Mothagam is a deep fried sweet dish made for Ganesh Chaturthi.It has a crisp outside with a chewy coconut as stuffing inside.Traditionally modak is made with rice flour dough and is steamed which I've already posted years back.

Fried modak is usually made with maida and rava for outer dough but I've used wheat flour instead of maida, as its deep fried either ways it tastes delicious.The filling can be your choice, you can use khoya with dry fruits&nuts, or moong dal jaggery or kesari filling etc.

Fried Modak Recipe

Fried Modak Recipe

Preparation Time:20 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Makes:10
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Whole Wheat Flour - 1 cup
Sooji - 1/8 cup
Ghee - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste

For the stuffing:

Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
Powdered Jaggery - 1/3 cup, Water - 1/3 cup
Cardamom powder - a generous pinch


  1. Soak jaggery in warm water(till immersing level) , crush it well. Then heat it up until it is slightly thick (no string consistency needs to be checked).Strain and keep aside.(I made more than above mentioned quantity for storing purpose).
    How to make Fried Modak - Step1
  2. Take wheat flour in a mixing bowl, add ghee, sooji and salt to it.Mix well.
    How to make Fried Modak - Step1
  3. Add water little by little and knead it to a slightly stiff dough.Let it rest for atleast 15mins.Then knead it again , then make small balls out of it.Set aside.
    How to make Fried Modak - Step1
  4. Take coconut in a pan and roast for few mins until the moisture is gone.Set aside.Heat the jaggery syrup until its thick more like honey.
    How to make Fried Modak - Step2
  5. Then add roasted coconut and keep mixing.After few mins it will form a sticky mass, at this stage add cardamom powder, mix well and switch off and let it to cool.
    How to make Fried Modak - Step3
  6. Take a ball and roll it thin using chapathi roller.Dust flour if it sticks.Take a generous spoon of coconut filling and place it at the center. Now start pinching the edges one by one like shown below.
    How to make Fried Modak - Step4
  7. Once its done,bring all the edges to the center and seal it completely.
    How to make Fried Modak - Step5
  8. Finish all the modaks and arrange it a plate.Heat oil in a kadai, it should not be smoking hot ,fry the modaks in batches till golden brown.Fry in medium low flame.Drain in tissue paper and serve.
    How to make Fried Modak - Step5
Serve hot / warm!
Fried Modak Recipe

My Notes:

  • The modak stays crisp for a while, after that it becomes little soft.So its better to serve hot / warm.
  • Roll the dough thin to get a crispy outside.
  • Make sure to seal the edges of the modak carefully, else it will open out while frying.
  • You can replace wheat flour with maida to get more crispy texture.
  • You can even add roasted peanut powder / sesame seeds with coconut stuffing.
  • I used homemade wheat flour.
Fried Modak Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Should we use dry coconut or grate the fresh coconut?


  2. This recipe is simple, and amazing. Best naan ive had, and ive never baked anything. Im so proud of its taste and look that I took pictures. Definitely coming back to this site.
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