Ukdiche Modak with Oats
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you all 😄 Modaks have a special importance in the worship of the Hindu god Ganesha. Modak is believed to be his favorite food. During the Ganesha worship ceremony, known in Maharashtra as Ganesha Chaturthi the puja always concludes with an offering of twenty-one modaks to the deity and as prasadam.
Ukdiche means by steaming. Modaks are steamed after they are rolled like dumplings.
Ukdiche Modak is famous Maharstrian delicacy which is traditionally made with rice flour & filling of coconut & jaggery mix. But to give it a healthy twist i have used oats powder majorly and little bit of rice flour. And this experiment with oats was highly successful as no one came to know that it was prepared by using oats.
Oats have numerous health benefits.
Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Here is the healthier version of modaks by using oats. I am sure you all are gonna love it.
Preparation time : 20 minutes. Cooking time : 20 minutes Serves : 8
For outer covering:
1 cup powdered oats
3-4 tsp rice flour
2 cup water
1 tsp oil
a pinch of salt
For the filling: 1 cup grated jaggery (gur)
1+½ cup grated fresh coconut
1/2 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
Method: For the filling, in a non-stick pan first add 1 tsp Clarified butter. Add grated coconut, and jaggery and cook over a slow flame till the jaggery melts and the mixture comes together.
In another non-stick pan boil the water. Add 1 teaspoon oil and a little salt in the boiling water and stir. Reduce the flame, add the powdered oats & rice flour while stirring continuously & texture becomes lumpy & everything comes together. Put off the flame.
Cover with a lid and keep aside for about 5 minutes.
Grease your palms with a little oil and knead the dough while it is still warm; if the dough cools it will get lumpy.
Make even size small balls of the dough. Make a well in the centre and keep pressing it with your finger tips. Then roll each of them into a round shape.
Make 8 to 10 folds in rolled dough, by pinching its corners, by keeping distance in between. To make a fold pinch the outer line of rolled dough a little bit ahead making 1-2 mm thick fold.
Add a spoonful of the filling into the dough.
Bring all the ends together and press to seal the top.
Prepare a steamer by adding water, a teaspoon of oil and heat it till the water comes to a boil. While the water is simmering, place the modaks on a greased steamer plate and steam for 6 to 7 minutes.
Once the modaks are cooked check it by inserting a knife. It will come out clean.
Serve hot drizzled with pure ghee.