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Recipe for Millet Modak

millet modak

Recipe for Millet Modak

Millet Modak is a delightful and nutritious twist on the classic Indian sweet traditionally offered during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi. Made with wholesome millet flour and a luscious jaggery-coconut filling, these modaks offer a healthier indulgence that’s perfect for celebrations or as a sweet treat anytime.

For the Outer Covering:

1 cup millet flour (finger millet or pearl millet)
1/4 cup rice flour
A pinch of salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
For the Sweet Filling:

1 cup jaggery, grated or powdered
1 cup grated coconut
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
2 tablespoons ghee
A handful of chopped nuts (cashews, almonds, and pistachios)

For the Outer Covering:

Begin by heating 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of ghee.
As the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and gradually add millet flour and rice flour while stirring continuously to prevent lumps.
Cook the mixture on low heat for 3-5 minutes until it thickens and forms a pliable dough. Ensure it’s not too dry or wet.
Remove the dough from heat, let it cool slightly, and then knead it into a smooth, workable dough.
For the Sweet Filling:

In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee.
Add grated coconut and sauté it for 2-3 minutes until it turns lightly golden.
Incorporate grated jaggery and cook, stirring continuously, until the jaggery melts and blends with the coconut (around 5-7 minutes).
Stir in cardamom powder and chopped nuts. Cook for an additional 2 minutes until the filling becomes thick and sticky. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Assembling the Millet Modaks:

Take a small portion of the millet dough and roll it into a ball. Grease your palms with ghee to prevent sticking.
Flatten the dough into a small disc, similar to a puri.
Place a spoonful of the sweet coconut-jaggery filling in the center.
Gently bring the edges of the dough together, shaping it into a modak. Ensure a secure seal.
Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

These homemade Millet Modaks offer the perfect blend of tradition and nutrition. With millet’s health benefits and the rich, sweet filling, they’re a delightful treat for festivals and everyday indulgence. So, embark on a culinary journey, savor these mouthwatering delights, and share the joy of healthier festivities with loved ones.

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