rava modak recipe | easy semonlina modak recipe for ganesh chaturthi

rava modak recipe - sweet dumplings made with semolina and stuffed with coconut jaggery filling. the recipe makes 12-15 modaks.
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rava modak recipe with step by step photos – i recently made semolina modak and thought of sharing the recipe with you. even before making, when i read the recipe, i thought its better to share as this is not that difficult version of making modak unlike making modak with rice flour.

rava modak, semolina modak

to the unacquainted, modaks are sweet dumplings generally made with rice flour and stuffed with coconut – jaggery filling.

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

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, lord ganesha and is specially prepared as a prasadam during ganesha festival. apart from modak, lord ganesha also loves ladoos. so coconut ladoo and rava ladoo are also made during ganesh chaturthi festival.

semolina modak or rava modak

there are many variations of making modak. i have already shared maharashtrian recipes of making modak recipe (ukadiche modak) and fried modak.

this easy method of making modak which takes less time, but effort is there. less time, since  no steaming or frying is needed.

you can also use the modak mould to make things easy for you or do the traditional way of stuffing the modaks with your hands. i am really not good in this. even after years, i still cannot get beautiful fluted edges on the modak. if you are new to modak moulds then you can check chocolate modak, chana dal modak, mawa modak, mango modak and dry fruits modak recipe. as i have used modak moulds while making these recipes and shown the method in stepwise pics.

for complicated recipes, generally i write step by step post and nowadays i have started making videos. but for this modak 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.

if you are looking for more ganesh chaturthi festival recipes then do check:

rava modak

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:45 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes
Course:desserts
Cuisine:indian,maharashtrian
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
5 from 4 votes
rava modak recipe - sweet dumplings made with semolina and stuffed with coconut jaggery filling. the recipe makes 12-15 modaks.

INGREDIENTS FOR rava modak

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 2 cups semolina (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 (choti elaichi), crushed or powdered
  • 2 teaspoon oil or ghee
  • salt as required

HOW TO MAKE rava modak

  • 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.
  • take water in a sauce pan 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 fire for 5-6 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 5-6 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.
  • these modaks are done now and you don't need to steam them further.
  • serve the rava modak to lord ganesha.

RECIPE VIDEO

RECIPE TIPS

if the outer semolina cover tastes a slight under cooked even after making the modaks, then just microwave the prepared modaks for a minute or so till they are cooked.
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how to make rava modak recipe

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

4. take water in a sauce pan 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 fire for 5-6 minutes. continuously 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 rava feels under cooked, then cook for a few more minutes. cover the pan for 5-6 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 off the top. taper the top. make the modaks in a similar way.

rava modak recipe for ganesh chaturthi

16. these modaks are done now and you don’t need to steam them further. serve the rava modak to lord ganesha.

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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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19 comments/reviews

  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!

  2. Thanks for the lovely recipe, I tried this today and they came out really nice. The shapes weren’t so perfect but I was very happy with my first attempt! Thanks much for such a detailed step-by-step recipe 🙂

  3. Hi, thank you for this recipe, I used it to make modaks for the first time. I noticed that after some time had passed, the bottoms of the modaks became soaked with ghee/jaggery and it leaked out quite a bit over the day. Did I do something wrong or is this normal?
    Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

    • it happens in the process of steaming at times. its the jaggery. no worries. if there are cracks in the outer cover, or if the jaggery has moistness, then this happens.

  4. Very innovative. My son is allergic to lot of foods and vegan seems to work for him.
    I have a question. You use iron kadhai, how do you take care of the rusting part of it, i mean how to avoid rusting.

    • thanks. i use the kadhai often, so it does not rust. things only rust when you don’t use them. if you use iron cookwares regularly, they won’t rust. i don’t take any special care.

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