Fried Modak is sweet deep fried wheat dumplings stuffed with jaggery and coconut filling. These are made as offering to Lord Ganesh during Ganesh Chaturthi. They are very famous in Western Maharashtra.
The stuffing for Fried Modak is similar to that of Ukadiche Modak. The outer cover of this modak is made from wheat flour and the Ukadiche modak has a rice flour covering. Ukadiche Modak are steamed unlike Fried modak which is deep fried.I made Ukadiche Modak last week which are my favorite. Ritesh likes Fried Modak more, so these are for him and obviously for Ganpati Bappa:)
To make stuffing2 cup shredded Coconut2 cup Jaggery4 tbsp Poppy seedsCardamom powderRoasted cashewnuts and raisins
To make outer coverMix wheat flour and salt in a bowl.Add water and knead well.At the end add ghee and knead again. Keep it aside for 15 mins. To make stuffingIn a pan, roast the poppy seeds.Once they are roasted well add the shredded coconut and jaggery. Mix everything well.Finally add cardamom powder and cashewnuts. The stuffing is ready.
To make modakTake small balls of the dough, roll it into small puris. To make the modak crispy the puri should be thin.To make modak of same size cut out the puri with a round shaped cutter. I have used the cover of a container.
Heat oil and deep fry the modaks. The oil should be not too hot as the modak can get burnt and remain uncooked from inside. Stir them at regular interval to make sure that they are cooked from all sides.
Watch the Youtube Video for the recipe