Steamed Modaka – ಮೋದಕ Recipe


So many of you had asked for the recipe for Modaka – ಮೋದಕ prepared during Ganesha Festival. I had not prepared this one in a long long time. Last year I tried the same and it came out just delicious. We ate it with a dollop of Ghee. Yes, you heard it right, Ghee for a change.

So, here is what you require for preparing this.

Ingredients for the Coconut Filling:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups freshly grated coconut
  • 2 and 1/2 cups Brown Sugar, or Powdered Jaggery
  • 5 Cardamom
  • 2 tsp Poppy Seeds, Gasgase fried in Ghee (optional)


  • In a heavy bottomed pan , mix both the Coconut and Jaggery as shown below.

  • Keep stirring the mixture and make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.
  • After, 10-15 minutes, the mixture will change its color to dark brown
  • If it is too think, just add 2-3 drops of water.
  • Once it becomes thick, add the ground Cardamom, and Poppy seeds.

Ingredients for the Dough:

* 1 cup rice flour
* 3/4 cup water – be judicious here
* pinch of salt
* 2 tsp oil


  • Boil water in a pan. When it is boiling add salt, oil.
  • Slowly mix the rice flour and keep stirring.Turn off the stove.
  • When it is easy to handle and still hot, keep kneading the dough.
  • When the dough is well kneaded, take a small ball in your palm, flatten the edges, keep the filling and close it.
  • When you have completed all of them, place in a pan and steam it in a cooker.I used the Idli stand, steamed 4 at a time.
  • Place it in a plantain leaf and offer to Lord Ganesha.


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Vishwajna murthy Vasanthrao. G. Mareguddi on September 10, 2015 at 12:41 am

    It’s Awesome, hope the number of Garike’s (grass) offered is 21….is it customized?


  2. Posted by vijayalakshmi on September 10, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Another way of making the dough-
    Soak raw rice to 3- 4 hrs till rice is soft.
    Grid it to a nice paste like dosa batter
    Add salt (a little will do). The batter consistency can be loose like we make for neer dosa..
    Take a non stick kadai and put batter in it along with gingely oil and keep stirring keeping the stove on low.the batter will gradually thicken. Keep stirring to avoid lumps.when the thick dough leaves the sides of the pan it is ready remove from flame and knead the dough- when warm with a little oil.keep dough covered in a wet cloth till you make modaka



  3. Posted by shanthisethuraman on September 10, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for making Vinayakar Chaturdhi Steamed Modaka. I don’t know what is 2Poppy Seeds. Please explain to me.


  4. Thanks for the recipe,we will surely try this on Ganesha chaturthy Vatsala Narasiah

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