About the modaks these are popularly made for Lord Ganesha on his arrival and stay during the the festival. They are believed to be His favorite and are often served in various forms. In its original form they are like momos (rice flour based) stuffed with sweet coconut filling. It is an art to make the real modaks with hand and getting the shape is often a gift that few possess in my house.
I have now started using the moulds which make them presentable to compliment its great taste
2 cup grated fresh coconut
1/2 grated jaggery
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 chopped mixed nuts (pista, badam, kaju, charoli, raisins)
1 cup rice flour (basmati)
1 cup water
1 tspn ghee
1 pinch of salt
1 tbsp oil
1) In a large pot heat the water with salt and ghee till it comes to a running boil
2) Add the flour and gently stir it. Switch off the flame, , Cover and let it stand till it comes to room temperature
3) Knead the flour mixture with oiled palms using cold water as required to make a soft pliable dough. This will be a task for first timers. Use the base of your palm to break the lumps.
4) In a another nonstick pan, add all the ingredients for stuffing. Saute till they come together and form a nice golden color. Set aside to cool.
5) Grease the molds, Using your thumb and index fingers press a small ball of the dough to form a casing inside the mould.
6) Fill the stuffing with a spoon
7)Seal with another small piece of dough.
8)Gently remove from the mould
9) Finish others similarly
10) Cook in a steamer on greased plate for 15-20 min
Serve hot with a spoon of ghee