I wanted to try this Kesari Modak last year itself but somehow got missed so tried it yesterday and we all loved it so much.It is nothing but rava kesari used as stuffing for a kozhukattai shaped in the form of modak.Also I bought this modak mould and the red one last year from a local supermarket so wanted to use it now.Ganesh Chaturthi 2016 is just a few days away so try this easy and delicious modak recipe for this year.
I bought this mould from a nearby supermarket last year on a random visit, but sure you can find many fancy moulds during the festive season, so check out.Else you can make just balls and stuff the kesari.I have also given the step for making modakam shape easily without mould so check that too.
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Kesari Modak Recipe
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
For the outer dough:
Rice Flour(Idiyappam Flour) – 1 cup heaped
Water – as needed
Oil – to grease
Salt – to taste
Fine Rava(Sooji) – 1/2 cup
Sugar * – 1/2 cup
Ghee – 3 tsp
Water – 1 and 1/2 cups
Milk – 1 tbsp
Saffron – few strands
- Dry roast rava till aroma comes, don’t let it brown,Set aside.Heat water in a pan when it starts to bubble up, keep the flame in low then add rava in a sprinkled manner,keep mixing.
- Cook till it becomes soft, add sugar(I added cane sugar).
- The mixture will become goey,keep cooking then.Add saffron to warm milk and soak for 5mins.Then add saffron milk to the kesari mixture.
- Keep cooking till it becomes a mass like shown below, add ghee and keep mixing.
- At one stage it will start to leave the sides of the pan, this is the correct consistency,Switch off.
- Let it cool down.When it is still warm, make small balls and keep it ready.
- Now prepare the outer dough.Measure and take rice flour in a mixing bowl,add salt.
- Mix it once.Boil water until it bubbles up,switch off then add it to rice flour.
- Mix with a laddle,once it starts to come together,Set aside for few mins until it is warm enough to handle with hand.Now bring everything together to form a smooth dough without any cracks.
- Now the stuffing and the outer dough is ready.Take your mould, grease it with oil,grease your hands too.Now close the mould and take a dough shape it as a ball and stuff it from the bottom side.
- Nicely press it along the sides in the inner part,leaving a center hole for the stuffing.Now slightly roll the kesari ball so that its elongated.
- Stuff it inside.Then seal it with little dough as shown.Open the mould and carefully remove it.
- Likewise shape all the kozhukatais with stuffing.If you do not have mould, you can shape it like this : Take a small lemon sized ball flatten it using your palms,press it in the center to make a cup shape,place the stuffing in the center.
- Pull all the edges and bring to the center to form modak shape…For detailed video check here.Either make mould modaks or use this easy way.
- Likewise shape all the kozhukatais with stuffing,place it on the steamer plate.Steam it for atleast 5-8 mins or until the kozhukattai looks shiny on the outside and does not stick.Switch off and remove the kozhukattais and transfer to plate / serving bowl.
Serve hot / warm!
- If you don’t have a mould make just balls or modak shapes.You can even make semi circle shape like here.
- I used unrefined cane sugar , you can use normal white sugar too.
- I didn’t add color, if you prefer you can add kesari orange color.
- Try a make a thin outer cover else it will take time to get cooked.
- If you prepare the dough before hand, make sure to keep covered with a wet cloth to avoid drying up.
- You can use either homemade rice flour / storebought.I used store bought rice flour, brand name is Nirapara.
- As my mould was very tiny I had little leftover pooranam(stuffing) which I had as such which was tasty too.It pairs up well with curd rice too.