Rava Modak | Easy Semolina Modak

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Rava modak is a variation of modak made with semolina or sooji. I recently made this sweet and thought of sharing the recipe with you.

rava modak, semolina modak

The traditional version is made with rice flour and stuffed with coconut and jaggery filling. I have already shared the traditional Maharashtrian recipe of Modak (Ukadiche Modak) and a Fried Modak.

In this recipe, as the name suggests, fine sooji or rava is used to make the outer cover. The filling is made of coconut and jaggery. Taste-wise it is similar to the modak made from rice flour.

This is an easy method as it takes less time, but effort is there. It takes less time as you don’t need to steam them.

I have very sweet memories associated with Modak and I guess that will be case with many of you who celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi festival.

Modak is one of the favorite sweet of the Hindu god, Bhagwan Ganesha and is specially prepared as a prasadam during the Ganesha festival.

Bhagwan Ganesha also loves ladoo. So Coconut ladoo and Rava ladoo are also made during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

semolina modak or rava modak

You can also use the mould to make things easy for you or do the traditional way of shaping with your hands. I am really not good in this. Even after years, I still cannot get beautiful fluted edges.

If you prefer the mould then you can also check Chocolate Modak, Chana Dal Modak, Mawa Modak, Mango Modak and Dry fruits Modak – as i have used the moulds while making these recipes and shown the method in stepwise photos.

For complicated recipes, generally I write step by step post and nowadays I have started making videos. But for this recipe, I will be sharing both step by step post as well as a video. The recipe has been adapted from the Marathi cookbook “Annapurna” by Mangala Barve.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Rava Modak

Making the sweet stuffing

1. Mix the powdered jaggery with the coconut in a pan or kadai. Keep the pan or kadai on a low flame. Stir the mixture.

jaggery for rava modak recipe

2. The jaggery would start melting at first. later it will continue to cook. Cook this filling mixture till the jaggery starts thickening and it starts to appear dry.

jaggery for rava modak recipe

3. Don’t over cook as then mixture would become dense and hard. Keep aside for cooling the filling. As the filling cools it will thicken.

jaggery mixture for rava modak recipe

Making rava dough

4. Take water in a saucepan or any pan. Sprinkle some oil and salt in it.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

5. Bring the water to a rolling boil.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

6. Add the semolina or rava to the hot water.

rava to make rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

7. Stir with a wooden spatula or spoon till all the rava has been incorporated in the water. Mix really well.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

8. Keep this pan on low heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Continuously stir so that the rava does not stick & get burnt. After five minutes switch off the flame. Cover the pan for 5 to 6 minutes. Taste a pinch of the dough (only if you are making this for your family). If the rava feels under cooked, then cook for a few more minutes.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

9. The dough would be still hot when the kneading has to be done. If you cannot manage the heat, then let it cool for a few minutes more. Knead well and make a smooth dough. When kneading apply some oil on your palms. There should be no lumps in the dough after kneading.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

Making rava modak

10. Now take a lemon sized ball from the dough.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

11. Flatten the dough ball on the palm of your hands

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

12. Or press the edges with your fingers and keep on moving the dough circle.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

13. Place a few spoonfuls of the coconut-jaggery filling in the center.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

14. Pinch the edges and bring the fluted edges in the center.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

15. Join the center and pinch the top. Taper the top. Shape and make all the rava modak in a similar way.

rava modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

16. You don’t need to steam them further. Serve the rava modak to Bhagwan Ganesha.

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If you are looking for more Ganesh Chaturthi festival recipes then do check:

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Rava Modak

5 from 4 votes
Rava Modak are sweet dumplings made with semolina and stuffed with coconut jaggery filling.
Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Course: Desserts
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Servings 14 rava modak
Units

Ingredients

  • 2 cups semolina (fine sooji or fine rava)
  • 2 cups grated coconut
  • 1.5 cup powdered jaggery or add as required
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 4 or 5 green cardamoms – crushed or powdered
  • 2 teaspoon oil or ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or add as required

Instructions

Making the stuffing

  • Mix the powdered jaggery with the coconut in a pan or kadai.
  • Keep the pan or kadai on a low flame.
  • Stir the mixture.
  • The jaggery would start melting at first.
  • Later it will continue to cook.
  • Cook this filling mixture till the jaggery starts thickening.
  • It should appear dry.
  • Don’t over cook as then mixture would become dense and hard.
  • Keep aside for cooling the filling.
  • As the filling cools it will thicken.

Making rava dough

  • Take water in a saucepan or any pan.
  • Sprinkle some oil and salt in it.
  • Bring the water to a rolling boil.
  • Add the semolina or rava to the hot water.
  • Stir with a wooden spatula or spoon till all the semolina has been incorporated in the water.
  • Mix really well.
  • Keep this pan on low heat for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Continously stir so that the rava does not stick & get burnt.
  • After five minutes switch off the flame.
  • Taste a pinch of the dough. (only if you are making this for your family)
  • If the semolina feels undercooked, then cook for a few more minutes.
  • Cover the pan for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • The dough would be still hot when the kneading has to be done.
  • If you cannot manage the heat, then let it cool for a few minutes more.
  • Knead well and make a smooth dough.
  • When kneading apply some oil on your palms.
  • There should be no lumps in the dough after kneading.

Making rava modak

  • Now take a lemon sized ball from the dough.
  • Flatten the dough ball on the palm of your hands or with your fingers.
  • Place a few spoonsfuls of the coconut-jaggery filling in the center.
  • Pinch the edges and bring the fluted edges in the center.
  • Join the center and pinch off the top. Taper the top.
  • Make the rava modaks in a similar way.
  • You don't need to steam them further.
  • Serve rava modak to Bhagwan Ganesha.

Video

Notes

If the outer semolina cover tastes a slight under cooked even after making the rava modaks, then just microwave the prepared rava modaks for a minute or so till they are cooked.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gSodium: 49mgPotassium: 125mgFiber: 3gSugar: 23gVitamin B1 (Thiamine): 1mgVitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 1mgVitamin B3 (Niacin): 2mgVitamin B6: 1mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin E: 1mgCalcium: 21mgVitamin B9 (Folate): 45µgIron: 2mgMagnesium: 26mgPhosphorus: 60mgZinc: 1mg

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19 Comments

  1. Used 1.5 cups of semolina instead of 2 cups, dough is easy to work with…..modaks turned out good, good recipe, thanks for sharing it!5 stars

    1. Welcome Nupur. Thanks for your positive feedback on rava modak and for your suggestion.

  2. thank u soo much for this recipe. it helped me a lot for making the modak…thankssss…….5 stars

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