Ukdiche Modak (steamed Coconut Dessert)
Ukadiche Modak are basically steamed rice flour dumplings from the Maharashtrian Cuisine. These dumplings are stuffed with a filling made from fresh scrapped coconut , Jaggery and nuts. This traditional dessert is not only delicious but also a visual treat. Though one can have this healthy sweet treats any time, they are specifically made on festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and are offered to lord Ganesh as naivedhyam.
Traditionally these Modaks are beautifully pleated and shaped with hands, but this is not an easy task , I will be sharing that technique some time later, for now I have used a greased mould to shape the Modaks.
This is my Moms recipe and I have prepared the rice flour (Tandalachi Pithi) also at home , the way she does. You may use the ready made rice flour available in market , but if you wish to make it at home, the procedure is as follows. Take 1/2 kg Basmati rice , wash and drain it. Let the rice dry for about 1/2 hour and then grind it in a grinder to powder. Strain this powder . Use this rice flour to make the Modak.