Ukadiche Modak - Steamed Modak

 A new post for festive season...Ukadiche Modak/ Steamed Modak!!

This is a lovely Chaturthi celebration sweet. I wanted to make it for a long time, but every time, I delayed it. Finally I managed to make it this year. yaaay!!

These are super moist,soft,spongy and pure white sweet dumplings which are specially made for Ganesh Celebrations. One more variation of these I make is deep fried but the stuffing that I use in deep fried are different than steamed one's. But whether they are fried or steamed the final outcome is super-duper good and pleases the God!!

I tried these for the first time and could make them as soft and delectable as possible. The outer cover of my modaks may not be perfect as done by our granny's or mums but the attempt counts and the taste...right!!

So,please try these modak's this Ganesh Festival and take blessing from Lord Ganesha!!

festive sweet Ganesh chaturthi Ukadiche modak Indian maharashtrian


Ukadiche Modak / Steamed Modak
Soft, sweet and spongy dumplings for Ganesh Celebrations!!
  • For the Stuffing:
  • 1 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 4 Tablespoons Ghee
  • 1/2 Cup Jaggery, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Moong Dal
  • 2 Tablespoons Cashewnuts, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • For the Cover:
  • 1 Cup Rice Flour
  • 1 Cup Water
  • as per taste Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Ghee
In a pan, add 4 Tablespoons ghee. When the ghee is hot, add grated coconut,jaggery,moong dal,cashew nuts and sesame seeds.
Cook on low flame, till the entire mixture is nicely mixed together to form a soft , sweet mixture.
Now in a pan, add 1 cup water,2 Tablespoons ghee and salt and let it boil.
When the water starts to boil, switch off the gas and add rice flour. Mix the rice flour mixture for a minute and then cover the pan with lid and keep it aside to cool down.
When both the mixtures have cooled down then make the dough.
Empty the contents of the rice flour mixture on to a plate.
Knead the dough with hands such that the dough is smooth.
Apply ghee to your hands.
Now take a lemon sized ball of dough on your palm. Press the dough ball on your palm, then with hands slowly try to make a small puri on your palm.
Add 1 Tablespoon of the stuffing mixture on the puri and fold the edges of the puri carefully to make it a modak.
While you are making modaks, keep the pressure cooker with water filled without lid on gas. Let the water boil.
Once you are done making modaks, apply ghee to the plate in which you will steam the modaks.
Dip the bottom of each modak in little water and keep on the plate.
Arrange all the modaks carefully.
Now keep the plate or the container in which you will steam modaks in the pressure cooker.
Put the lid without weight.
On medium heat, cook it for 15 mins.
Switch off the gas and let it cool.
After a while open the pressure cooker and touch the modaks to see if they are done.
The right test to see if they are done or not is that they should not stick to your fingers and nor to the bottom of the plate or container.
Enjoy your yummy modak!!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10


  • When making dough, you can add another tablespoon of ghee to the dough, to make it smooth.
  • Also, apply little water to hand when kneading the dough.
  • When making puri of the dough ball,do not make it too thick or too thin.
  • Dip the bottom of modak in water before placing them on the greased plate as this helps to avoid sticking the modak on to plate.


Prasanna Hede
Prasanna Hede

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