THEME: #260 MEETHE PAL
RECIPE : CHOCOLATE MODAK
This Week’s Theme on FoodieMonday/Bloghop Group:
This week, the group has to prepare any sweet dish of their choice, be it an Indian Sweet or any dessert. My choice is Chocolate Modak.
Sujata who blogs at Batter Up With Sujata suggested this week’s theme. Sujata’s blog is a mixture of Bengali dishes and bakes. When I’m able to source banana leaf or arbi leaves, I really want to try her Chhanar Paturi recipe. Its steamed paneer with mustard.
Why I made Chocolate Modak?
While I’m always pulled to making desserts, at the same time wanted to make some quick and different kind of modak as Ganesh Chaturthi is just round the corner. I know of families who offer a different variety of modak every day till Visarjan time. I’ve made the traditional steamed version and let me tell you, its a really delicious modak. While I don’t bring Ganesha idol home or hold big poojas, a small offering is always made on any of the festivals. This Ganesh Chaturthi will be no different. Ganesha’s most favorite is either modaks or laddoos.
What is a Modak?
Modak is a traditional Maharashtrian sweet. The dumplings are made from rice flour and stuffed with coconut, jaggery, spices and sometimes nuts. As with other dishes, modak has over time taken on new avatars. The classic shape of a modak is like a plump lotus bud and pinched at the top. These days traditional recipes for barfis, pedas, laddoos are given the shape of modak as offering to Lord Ganesha.
According to Hindu mythology, Ganesha loves modak and thus is also known by the name Modakpriya. Commonly 21 modaks are offered as prasadam which then are distributed to the devotees.
According to mythology demi Gods presented Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati with the a unique divine modak that would impart an incredible amount science, art, scripture and writing knowledge to the one who eats it. The sons Ganesha and Kartik didn’t want to share it. Both were put to test on what sincerity and devotion means to them.
Lord Kartik left the abode in search for sincerity and devotion to all the spiritual places. On the other hand Lord Ganesha simply went round and round his parents to show his unconditional love and devotion. As a result he got to savor the divine modak.
Modern take on Modaks
While some believe that only the traditional Ukadiche Modak should be served during Ganesh Chathurthi and the days till the visarjan, am sure that anything served with love and devotion is accepted by Lord Ganesha. Here are some easy and different kinds of modaks that one can make for Bappa.
Poonam makes Panchkhadya Modak – Panch means five and five of Ganeshji’s favorite ingredients are put together and made into modak. Click on the recipe link to find out what the five ingredients are for Panchkhadya Modak.
Dalia Modak with Caramelized Fruits
Want to serve modak with caramelized fruit? Also do you want a modak that is made with broken wheat or dalia? If both answers are yes then you’ve got to check out Lata’s Dalia Modak with Caramelized Fruits. A perfect fusion recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi parties.
Make modak using paneer or chhena. Its a simple and easy recipe. Check out Poonam’s Chhena Modak.
Deep Fried Modak
Besides steamed Modak, traditionally fried ones too are offered. The filling is coconut and jaggery with spices and the outer coating is made from wheat flour instead of rice flour. For full recipe, you can click on Archana’s Deep Fried Modak.
Fruit and Nut Modak
Make refined sugar free modak using only nuts and dried fruit. Priya’s No Cook Fruit and Nut Modak is easy to make.
Dry Fruit Coconut Modak
Sujata likes to make Quick Dry Fruits Coconut Modak, using nuts, raisins, coconut and khoya (milk solid).
Don’t have a modak mold? Want some sugar free modak? Well what are you waiting for? Head to Preethi’s blog for some Khajoor Modak (Date Modak). In a very simple way she teaches how you can give modak shape without a mold.
Want to make a different kind of modak using biscuit (cookie) crumbs and cocoa powder? Well then you’ve got to check out Sujata’s Gulkand Stuffed Chocolate Modak.
Three Recipes of Modak
Kesar Mawa Modak, Chocolate Mawa Modak and Kaju Modak, are three very easy modaks that Avin makes during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Cashew Caramel Modak
How does a cashew nut coating with a caramel coconut filling sound? Interesting? Then go over to Jagruti’s Cashew Caramel Modak recipe.
Ingredients required for my version of Chocolate Modak:
- Milk – full fat or 2% fat milk is ideal
- Milk Powder – not skimmed but full fat
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Dark or Milk Chocolate – I used milk chocolate. Grated the chocolate so tat it melts easily.
- Powdered Sugar or Confectioners’ Sugar
- Cardamom Powder – elachi powder for flavouring
- Ghee – for both adding to the mixture and greasing the mold
- Dried Cranberries – I used them for stuffing. However, this ingredient is optional.
- Gluten Free
- A modak mold
- 1¼ cup full fat milk
- 2 cups full fat milk powder
- 2 tsp ghee
- 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 60 grams milk or dark chocolate grated
- ⅓ - ½ cup powdered sugar
- extra ghee for greasing
- 30 -40 dried cranberries optional
Make The Chocolate Mixture:
- Mix milk and cocoa powder in a wide non sitck pan.
- Put the pan over medium heat. Stir till you find the cocoa powder is incorporated into the milk.
- Add sugar and mix.
- Add milk powder in batches and keep stirring constantly.
- When all the milk powder is mixed into the milk cocoa mixture, keep stirring till the mixture begins to thicken.
- Add the grated chocolate, ghee and cardamom powder.
- Keep on mixing till the chocolate mixture is thick and leaves the edges of the pan.
- This takes about 5-7 minutes. The whole mixture should come together like a dough.
- Take the pan off the heat. Remove the chocolate mixture into a bowl.
- Allow it to cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or till you are able to shape the mixture.
Preparation of Chocolate Modak:
- Open the mold. Grease the mold lightly with some ghee.
- Take about a teaspoonful of the chocolate mixture and roll it into a ball.
- Place the ball on the mold. Close it.
- From the bottom press it against the wall of the mold gently to make a small hole.
- Stuff it 1-2 dried cranberries.
- Take a small bit of the chocolate mixture. Flatten it into a tiny disc.
- Seal the bottom with it.
- Open the mold and gently remove the modak.
- Repeat the above steps with the remaining chocolate mixture.
- If you are not stuffing it with dried cranberries or any other filling then you don't need to create a cavity.
- Place the modak on a greased tray.
- Best to store the modak in the fridge in an airtight container till required.
- In humid climate the chocolate tends to melt so best to store in the fridge till required.
- Don't have modak mold? Then simply roll into balls and pinch the top.
- Use cinnamon or orange zest instead of cardamom.
- Can be set in a greased tray and cut into squares if you want to make it for other occasions.
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August 18, 2020 at 8:39 am
Chocolate modak is such a rich and delectable treat ! I am sure lord Ganesha will love this chocolatey offering.
August 18, 2020 at 9:10 pm
Thank you so much Poonam.
September 6, 2021 at 2:51 pm
Interesting to go through the post. The magic of Chocolate modak is sure to appease Lord Ganesha as well as kids and elders. I found the tips and options very handy. Good sharing!
September 7, 2021 at 12:18 am
Thank you so much Neha.
August 18, 2020 at 5:58 pm
Chocolate modhak looks absolutely delicious. This will be a favourite one for all the kids and chocolate lovers.
August 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm
Thank you so much Niranjana.
August 18, 2020 at 7:01 pm
Chocolate modak looks super tempting and so fudgy, a treat for chocolate lovers and yes Ganesha too.
August 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm
Thank you so much Renu. Fudgy they definitely are.
August 18, 2020 at 8:48 pm
So inviting chocolate modaks for cute Ganpati(love the idol in the pics), my kid just looked at the pics and want me to make these. Will try soon .. also wonderful post with so many different varities of modaks from traditional to fusion..Wishing you and your family a very Auspicious and Happy Ganesh Chathurthi!!
August 19, 2020 at 12:19 pm
Chocolate modak looks so inviting and super yum. This is one of mine and my kido all time favorite modak. Loved the idea of using sprinkles.
August 19, 2020 at 6:19 pm
Thank you so much Jolly, added the sprinkles for a more festive look.
Bless my food by Payal
August 21, 2020 at 9:05 pm
Recipe of Modak is seen sharing by many but here only I found the spiritual aspect of Modak at length. You are too awesome in bringing the things deep inside.
August 22, 2020 at 5:08 pm
Thank you so much.
August 20, 2020 at 6:27 am
Chocolate modak looks super tempting Mayuri. Not only kids adults will also love these delectable rich chocolate flavored modak. A perfect festive treat. I would love to try it when my kids will come home.
August 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Thanks Sujata. Am sure they’ll appreciate whatever you make for them.
August 20, 2020 at 8:26 am
I love modak in any form. Love reading the details about Lord Ganapati and related rituals. These chocolaty modak is really easy to prepare for prasadam amidst busy days
August 20, 2020 at 4:59 pm
Thanks Amrita and yes these chocolate modaks are really easy to make. Can be prepared ahead and stored in the fridge till required.
August 20, 2020 at 10:56 am
Chocolate Modak looks delicious. It will be the most loved one by children. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all of you.
August 20, 2020 at 4:57 pm
Thank you so much Jayashree.
The Girl Next Door
August 20, 2020 at 4:57 pm
Who wouldn’t want to have these beautiful chocolate modak? For chocoholics like me, they’d be a lovely treat! They sure look festive and fun with the sprinkles all over. 🙂
August 23, 2020 at 9:22 am
Absolutely delectable Chocolate modak. Adding this to my Modak list. This is so quick and easy to make .Perfect treat for this festive season. Will be loved by kids and adults too.Beautiful click!
August 23, 2020 at 11:42 am
Thank you so much Preethi. Please do try them. Can even roll it into balls for other festivals.
August 23, 2020 at 8:05 pm
Wow di chocolate modak looks very delicious, please allow me to grab some modak’s. Ganesha idol looking very pretty, loved your presentation and write up as always. Loved all modak recipes that you shared. Surely it will be the best modak that nobody say no to it. Also loved dried cranberries taste in chocolate modak.
August 24, 2020 at 3:36 pm
Thank you so much Priya.
August 24, 2020 at 3:31 am
Wow, those are one of the most decadent modaks I have ever seen. Love that you used chocolate to make this traditional recipe – awesome twist.
August 24, 2020 at 3:36 pm
Thanks Pavani. Different and more appealing for kids.
August 25, 2020 at 9:53 pm
Chocolate modak, a new version of traditional modak looks so delicious Mayuri.
Your write up is too good as always. Loved how you have compiled all varieties of modak in one post.
Thank you for giving my modak recipe a special place in this awesome post.
August 26, 2020 at 3:42 pm
Thank you so much Lata.
August 27, 2020 at 12:02 pm
Chocolate and modak in any form is welcome..while so many varieties are present today in the market, its always great to make these at home for that festive fervour.. my little one would absolulutely love this.. bookmarked !
August 27, 2020 at 3:49 pm
Thank you so much Kalyani. In spite of getting a huge variety of chocolates easily available in the market, most people do appreciate home made ones.
August 27, 2020 at 6:46 pm
That ganpati is so cute!! I absolutely love him! Okay a little less than the Chocolate Modak. After all this is chocolate we are talking about and I can eat!
Your recipes different from mine must try is sometime soon! Looks and sounds absolutely yum!
Thanks for linking to my recipe.
August 27, 2020 at 8:44 pm
Thanks Archana, a good chocolate recipe when one doesn’t have condensed milk or khoya at home. This one requires milk powder.
August 27, 2020 at 11:54 pm
This is just the recipe for the chocolate lovers. My husband would absolutely love this and this a great treat to share with friends and family who come to celebrate the function with us.
August 28, 2020 at 4:11 pm
That is so true Sandhya and thank you so much.
August 28, 2020 at 1:49 am
chocolate modak sounds fancy and delcious. I never tried chocolate modaka. Once I get the molds I will try this recipe.
August 28, 2020 at 4:10 pm
Thank you so much Uma, not fancy at all as its a very easy recipe. You can just roll them into a ball and pinch the top to look like modaks if you want to.
Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey
August 28, 2020 at 1:34 pm
So nice to see chocolate appearing in Bappa’s prasad, I bet kids (read big kids too) would be eyeing on that prasad thali..such a delicious and fudgy modak. Thanks for including our Caramel modak link in the post. We did share on our Instagram story.
August 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm
Thank you so much Jagruti. Besides the traditional modak, offering other kinds of modak for 11 days am sure makes everyone happy including Ganesha.
August 28, 2020 at 1:52 pm
Oh my god,chocolate modaks looks very tempting mayuriji! Who would say no to these cute chocolatey goodness, i m sure bappa would be happy dancing seeing them! And thanks for listing varieties of modaks we could try!
August 28, 2020 at 4:06 pm
Thank you so much Priya. I too am hoping that Ganesha danced with joy.
August 28, 2020 at 11:08 pm
Chocolate modak looks absolutely delicious & tempting. This will definitely be a kids favourite and a treat to chocolate lovers. Loved the compilation of all varieties of modaks !!
September 1, 2020 at 10:19 pm
Thank you so much Padma.
August 29, 2020 at 5:52 pm
Such a wonderful twist to the traditional recipe. They look so decadent and absolutely delicious. My girls would go crazy for this chocolate modak for sure.
August 29, 2020 at 9:29 pm
Thank you so much Sapana.
September 4, 2020 at 12:35 am
I love modak but never made chocolate modak ever. I’m sure kids would go crazy for this. Looks delicious.
September 4, 2020 at 6:03 pm
Thank you so much Lathiya.. please do try them out..and also can shape them into balls for other occasions or to enjoy them any day.
September 9, 2022 at 11:52 am
I always get very fascinated by the beautiful shape of these sweet bites. And such a yummy modak variation with chocolate and cranberry.
September 12, 2022 at 2:35 pm
Thank you so much Maria. For Christmas and Diwali I simply roll them up into balls.