GANESH CHATURTHI|VINAYAGAR CHATHURTI RECIPES
Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 Mins |Makes: 10
For the outer covering
Rice flour | Idiyappam Flour 1/2 cup
Water as needed (approx. 3/4 cup)
Sesame oil 1 tsp
For the Poornam
Yellow Moong dal | paasi paruppu 1/4 cup
Jaggery 1/4 cup
Grated fresh coconut 1/4 cup
Cardamom a pinch
To make the outer covering:
- Boil water in a pan and add the oil to this. If using home made flour add salt to the oil. Idiyappam flour will have salt ,so no need to add salt. Add the flour to a wide bowl. Add the water to it and mix with a spoon.
- When it becomes warm and can handle with your hands, grease your hands with little sesame oil and knead it into a soft dough. Divide it into equal lemon sized balls. Keep them covered with a damp cloth all the avoid dryness.
Check out my Video on how to shape modakam
For the Poornam:
- Soak the moong dal in water for 10 minutes. Pressure cook with little water for 3 whistles. Do not over cook it.
- If u have extra water after cooking drain it completely.Mash it with a spoon as much as you can. Even if it slightly grainy also it is ok. Let it cool completely.
- In a mixer just pulse the cooked moong dal, jaggery, coconut and cardamom powder. Do not run for along. The jaggery will start melt then.
- If you feel the mixture is watery, in a pan add 1 tsp of ghee and cook it for 5 minutes. It will be come firm.
- Make this into equal sized balls. For me it came 14 balls. If you want to match the dough and poornam equally you can either reduce the moong dal quantity to 3 tblsp or increase the rice flour quantity by 2 tblsp. Else you can eat the poornam as such too, as i did .
- Poornam and dough are ready for making modakam.
- Grease your hands with sesame oil and with your fingers make a small cup out of it and place the poornam in that.
- Seal this carefully. Make it into a shape of modakam.
- Grease an idli pan and steam the modak for 10-12 minutes in a medium flame. The kozhukattais will get a shiny texture. Due to sudden change in weather i have very dull lighting in the kitchen.
- Leave it for 3 minutes and take it out from the pan. Modakams are ready for neivedhyam.
- Always keep the outer covering covered, to avoid dryness and cracking of the modakam after steaming.
- If the poornam is slightly watery cook them for few minutes and completely cook it and use it for stuffing.
- You can make the stuffing with green moong dal too. Soak it for 30 minutes.
- If the modakams are taken out from the pan when they are hot, they will be torn.