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Mini Modaks Are a Yummy Finger Food!
Steamed mini modaks, or ammi kozukattai, are sweet rice and coconut dumplings that are traditionally prepared during Indian festivals. Considered to be a favorite of Lord Ganesha, this sweet treat is mandatory on the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Normally, sweet treats contain a lot of sugar and fat. However, steamed modaks are an exception. They do not contain any sugar, oil, or ghee. Instead, they are made from rice, jaggery, and coconut.
You can easily make steamed modaks at home, and this is a quick recipe, too. I made them for six people in about 45 minutes. Now, I am going to show you how to make this delectable treat.
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Serves six people
- 1 1/4 cups white rice, washed and soaked in fresh water for about 1 1/2 hours, then drained
- 1 1/2 cups grated coconut, 1/4 cup for the batter and the rest for making a jaggery mixture
- 1 cup jaggery, powdered or crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1/3 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon ghee (optional, for adding on the top of these dumplings)
- Grind the soaked and drained rice with 1/4 cup grated coconut to get a smooth batter. Add water while grinding. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the batter and mix well.
- Make the batter moderately thin by adding some water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- Heat a thick-bottomed pan. Pour in the batter. Keep the heat low. Stir the mixture continuously until the mixture becomes thick and dough-like. Turn off the heat.
- Place a small portion (blueberry-sized) of the dough on your palm and shape it like a mini ball. Using the same method, make all of the dough into balls. Greasing your palm with oil or ghee makes the task easier.
- Steam-cook these balls for 10 to 12 minutes. Next, take them out of the steamer/cooker. Set aside.
- Heat a deep-bottomed pan. Add jaggery powder and 1/4 cup water. Stir the mix continuously for 5 to 6 minutes or until the mixture becomes a bit thick and sticky.
- Add the remaining grated coconut, cardamom powder, and 2 pinches of salt. Continue stirring the mix over low fire until it becomes semi-solid.
- Add steamed dumplings. Gently mix and leave the heat on for a minute. Next, turn off the fire.
- At this stage, add a teaspoon of ghee and mix. This step is optional. But adding ghee will certainly enhance the taste.
- Thees yummy mini modaks, or ammi kozukattai, are ready to serve. Eat them warm or cold. Enjoy the taste!