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Mangalore   : Modakams


Mangalore    August   25:

Modakams are of different varities. There are Modakams with filling and without filling too. The following recipe is traditionally followed in udupi and is made during Ganesh Chaturthi. This is made out of Rice, Jaggery and Coconut. If we closely observe the method in which it is prepared, its in tandom with the Kozhukattai made in Kerala.

This is one of my personal favorites and I can have as much as Im offered! Its simple and doesnt involve a million ingredients. Sure children will enjoy it thoroughly too.

Raw rice- 1/2 cup, Grated Coconut- 1 cup, Jaggery- 3/4 cup, Cardamom powder- A pinch, Ghee- 4 tsp

Soak the rice for about half an hour. Grind the rice and coconut together to a coarse mixture. The consistency of the batter may be litle thinner than that of dosa batter.

In a vessel, to jaggery, add about 1/4 cup of water and heat to just melt the jaggery. Strain this jaggery solution into the rice and coconut batter.

In a kadai, pour the batter and start stirring it continuously on medium heat. In about 15 minutes, you will observe solidification of the batter. Add ghee and cardamom powder and continue mixing. The batter will leave the sides of the kadai and form a solid mass.

Let this cool for about 10 minutes. Make medium sized balls of the batter and let it steam cook for about 20 minutes.
Delicious Modakams are ready to eat!

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