Modak Recipes to Try This Ganesh Chaturthi

by Apoorva Malhotra

Ganesh Chaturthi, a popular festival that celebrates Ganesha’s arrival to earth, is right around the corner. From music and chants to great food and dance, this event marks the beginning of all good things. Modak being Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet, is made in several homes during Ganesh Chaturthi. In order to celebrate this much awaited festival and make it a grand affair, you need to have modaks on the menu to offer as prasad to Ganesha. And for this, you need modak recipes that you can play around with and innovate!

Modaks are essentially steamed rice dumplings that are traditionally stuffed with a filling of grated coconut and jaggery. While this is the most traditional form of modak, there are several more varieties available. If you want to explore the different kinds of modaks you can make to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, then read on to know about various modak recipes. 

Steamed Modak Recipe

Traditionally known as Ukadiche modaks, these steamed dumplings are the most popular modak variety. These modak recipes are the hardest to make, but they are totally worth the effort. Read on to learn how to make these toothsome modaks. 

Ingredients for stuffing

  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 cup grated or powdered jaggery
  • A pinch of cardamom

Ingredients for dough

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 2 cups of water
  • A pinch of salt


  1. First, heat a heavy bottomed vessel, heat one teaspoon of desi ghee and add the coconut. Keep roasting until the coconut becomes aromatic. 
  2. Add the jaggery to the coconut and keep stirring. 
  3. Cook on a medium flame until the jaggery melts. 
  4. Wait for the mixture to thicken. 
  5. Turn off the flame and finally add cardamom. 
  6. Mix it well and allow it to cool down a little. 
  7. In order to make the doubt, head up water, salt, and ghee in a wok or saucepan. 
  8. When the water comes to a rolling boil, lower the flame, and slowly add the rice flour. 
  9. Turn off the flame, and mix the rice flour. Ensure that there are no lumps.
  10. Cover the vessel, and let it rest for 5-7 minutes. 
  11. After that, transfer the dough to a large bowl or plate, and knead it well. 

With Mould

  1. First, you should brush the mould with ghee to prevent the modak’s dough from sticking. 
  2. After that, stuff the dough into the walls of the mould. 
  3. Now, make a small ball of the mixture and push it in the centre of the mould. 
  4. Tightly close the mould and then scrape off any excess mixture. 
  5. Now, gently unmold the modaks and place them on a plate. 

Without Mould

  1. First, pinch out a lemon-sized dough ball and flatten it with the palms of your greased hands. 
  2. Use your thumbs to press the edges. 
  3. Make a dent in the middle. 
  4. Slowly and steadily, press the edges and form a cup. 
  5. Use your index finger and thumb to create pleats. 
  6. Insert a small ball of stuffing. 
  7. Get the pleats together for forming a bundle. 
  8. Pinch the top of the modak so that it is pointy. 

Steaming the modaks

  1. Put a glass of water in the steamer and allow it to come to a boil . 
  2. After that, place the modaks on the steamer tray. 
  3. Cover with a lid and steam the modaks for 10-12 minutes on a medium flame. 
  4. Once done, you can offer them to Lord Ganpati. 

Fried Modak Recipe

Fried modaks are popular because of their crisp texture and long shelf-life. These dumplings have a crisp, golden-brown exterior, and crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth stuffing. Follow this modak recipe to make delicious deep-fried modaks. 

Ingredients for the Dough

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • A few saffron strands
  • 2 tablespoon desi ghee
  • ⅓ cups warm water

Ingredients for the Filling

  • ½ cup grated coconut
  • ⅓ cup grated jaggery
  • ½ teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • 1 tablespoon ghee


  1. Add all the dry ingredients of the dough in the bowl, and then mix ghee. 
  2. Now, add a little water at a time, and knead the mixture. 
  3. Knead well to form a firm dough. 
  4. Cover the dough and set it aside for 15 minutes. 
  5. To prepare the stuffing, in a pan or kadai, heat the ghee, and then add coconut and jaggery. 
  6. Saute it until the jaggery melts completely. 
  7. Now, add the cardamom powder, mix well, and turn off the flame. 
  8. Allow the stuffing to cool down a little. 
  9. Take the dough out, and pinch a small ball. 
  10. Dust it with some flour, and roll it. 
  11. Place filling in the middle and pinch the sides of the dough to make around 12-14 pleats. 
  12. Ring the pleats together in the middle and press them for sealing the modak. 
  13. Heat oil in a wok or pan. 
  14. When the oil is hot, add a couple of modaks and fry them for 5 minutes on medium heat. 
  15. Take the modaks out and place them on a paper towel. 
  16. Repeat this process for the remaining modaks. 

Mawa Modak Recipe

Rich and luscious, these mawa modaks are a melt-in-the-mouth treat, that will surely make you salivate. It is one of the easiest modak recipes and hardly takes any effort. If you are craving for some sweet meats, then do try out this mawa modak recipe. 


  • 2 cups of khoya
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped nuts(pistachios, almonds, or cashews)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Saffron strands
  • A splash of whole milk


  1. Heat up a heavy-bottomed pan, and add crumbled khoya/mawa and sugar into it. 
  2. Keep cooking the mixture, until the sugar dissolves, and the khoya becomes light brown. 
  3. Allow the mixture to cool. 
  4. Meanwhile, soak the saffron strands in the milk. 
  5. Now, crumble the mawa mixture and add the slivered or finely chopped nuds, cardamom powder, and saffron infused milk. Give it a good mix. 
  6. Scoop out some mixture, and stuff it in the modal mould. 
  7. Tightly close the mould. 
  8. Scrape off the excess mixture, and then demould the modak. 
  9. Repeat the process until no mixture is left. 
  10. Now, your modaks are ready to serve. 

Paneer Modak Recipe

If you are running short of time, then you can try making these delicious paneer modaks. Let’s check out the quick and hassle-free recipe for making these sumptuous modaks. 


  • 1 cup grated paneer.
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 2 tablespoon milk powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 2 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon almond meal
  • A few strands of saffron
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. First, heat a vessel on medium-low flame. 
  2. Add ghee and warm it up. 
  3. After that, add paneer, milk powder, and sugar. 
  4. Once it is well roasted, add saffron, milk, cardamom powder, and almond meal. 
  5. Keep stirring until a dough is formed. 
  6. Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool. 
  7. After that, grease the modak moulds. 
  8. Scoop out some paneer mixture and press it in the mould. 
  9. Demould and offer them to Lord Ganesha. 

Chocolate Modak Recipe

If you are a chocoholic, or have kids in your household, then you should definitely make these chocolate modaks to satiate your taste buds. These rich and delicious modaks are an excellent treat for the festive season. Plus, these modak recipes are one of the easiest. Let’s check out the chocolate modak recipe. 


  • 2 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • ½ cup fresh cream
  • 2 teaspoons of ghee
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat desi ghee, and add condensed milk and cream. 
  2. Cook on a low flame until the mixture starts to boil. Add lemon juice and let the mixture separate slightly. 
  3. Add cocoa powder and corn flour to a tablespoon of water, and make a slurry.. 
  4. Put it into the pan. 
  5. Keep stirring and cook the mixture on the medium flame until it starts leaving the sides of the pan. 
  6. Turn off the flame and transfer the mixture to a bowl. 
  7. When the mixture is cool to touch, stuff a small portion of it in the greased modak mould. 
  8. Open the mould and gently take it out. 
  9. Repeat this for the rest of the mixture. 

Oreo Modak Recipe

East meets West in this unique modak recipe prepared with your favorite chocolate sandwich cookies- Oreos. People of all ages, especially kids will love this amongst our many unique modak recipes. 


  • 200 grams Oreo cookies
  • 200 grams crumbled paneer
  • 25 grams butter or ghee
  • 150 grams condensed milk 
  • ½ tablespoon cardamom powder


  1. Scrape the cream off the Oreo cookies.
  2. Grind the cookies in a blender. 
  3. Mix the ground Oreo mixture with crumbled paneer and knead it well. 
  4. Heat the butter or ghee in a pan. 
  5. Now, add the condensed milk. 
  6. Add the cardamom powder for aromatic flavor. 
  7. Now, add the Oreo and paneer dough.
  8. Mix it with the condensed milk and cook for a couple of minutes. 
  9. Let it cool for a while. 
  10. Grease the modak moulds, and scoop out some Oreo mixture. 
  11. Stuff it in the mould, and scrape off the excess from the sides and bottom. 
  12. Slowly demould it, and it’s ready to be served. 

Dry Fruits Modak Recipe

If you fancy exotic dry fruits and want to try something healthier, then this variant is just for you. Not only a treat to the palate, but it is also packed with vitamins and minerals. Moreover, this modak recipe is prepared with just a handful of ingredients. This low-calorie Indian dessert is perfect for everyone!


  • An assortment of nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans, or walnuts- 1 cup
  • Dates, figs, and chopped dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, prunes and apricots- ½ cup
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee


  1. Roast the nuts in ghee, and let them cool down. 
  2. Put them in a blender jar and grind it until coarse. 
  3. After that, add dried fruits, soaked dates and figs. 
  4. Pulse it for a minute or two, and then add ghee. 
  5. Keep pulsing until the mixture comes together like a dough. 
  6. Now, remove the mixture to a bowl.
  7. Grease the modak mould, and stuff a small ball of the mixture in the mould. 
  8. PRess it tightly and smoothen out the bottom. 
  9. Unmould the modak and repeat the steps for the rest of the mixture.   

Boondi Modak Recipe

These modaks are made of small round shaped droplets made of gram flour batter. So before you make these modak recipes, you need to perfect the art of making boondi. These modaks are relished equally by kids and adults. Try this toothsome boondi modak recipe to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. 

Ingredients for the Filling

  • 1 cup gram flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 2 cups oil
  • 3 tablespoon desi ghee
  • A few drops of Orange color

Ingredients for the Syrup

  • ⅔ cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 green cardamoms
  • For garnishing
  • Finely chopped nuts, raisins, and watermelon seeds


  1. First, add all the dry ingredients for boondi in a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Slowly add water and mix it well. 
  3. The batter should be of medium thick consistency. 
  4. Now, in a heavy-bottomed kadhai, heat oil, and add ghee to it. 
  5. Place a perforated ladle over the hot oil, and slowly spoon  the batter on the ladle. 
  6. Fry the boondis until crispy. 
  7. Remove the fried boondis and place them on a paper towel.
  8. Repeat the process for the rest of the batter. 
  9. Now, add the finely chopped nuts and water melon seeds to the fried boondis. 
  10. In another vessel, add sugar and water and let the sugar dissolve,
  11. Cook the syrup until it reaches 1 thread consistency. 
  12. Switch the flame off and add the syrup of the boondi mixture. 
  13. Allow the boondis to soak the sugar syrup for 10-15 minutes. 
  14. After that, grease the modak mould, and stuff it with the boondi mixture. Make sure there are no gaps. 
  15. Carefully unmould the modaks, and let them chill in the fridge for an hour before serving. 

With the above modak recipes, our favorite elephant-headed God is bound to be really pleased! May he shower you with blessings and happiness. Ganpati Bappa Morya!

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