Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten day celebration in many households and it means offering a different sweet dish as naivedyam/prasad as part of the daily prayers. In many homes, due to personal constraints, visarjan is done on day one, three or five as per their convenience. If you still have Ganesha in your home and are looking for ideas for making something different this year, try these “Roasted Chana Modaks”.
These are a diversion from the traditional steamed rice flour modaks. They are super quick & easy to make and involve no-cooking. While these modaks can be shaped with our hands; the modak moulds available nowadays make it so easy to shape them into same size and patterned modaks… one piece at a time, making them presentable and pleasing to serve too. My life is running super busy on personal front as my family is going through significant additions. So, I’m creating recipes that are easy and do not require too many ingredients.
Modaks basically comprise of two elements – the outer covering and the surprise element … the filling! These modaks have an outer covering made of roasted chana powder flavoured with sugar, coconut, poppy seeds, fresh cream & milk. The filling is made of freshly grated coconut, chopped cashew nuts & condensed milk. Condensed milk can be easily replaced with some powdered sugar and milk. Since I already had a can of condensed milk opened for making other laddus, I used it instead of milk and sugar.
Roasted Chana Dal is also called as daria dal, roasted split gram, puffed gram, phutana, pappulu / putanalu pappulu in telugu, putani / hurigadale in kannada. Roasted gram is rich in manganese, folate, protein, dietary fiber, copper, phosphorous and iron.
Let’s get to the recipe for making these yummy Roasted Chana Modaks, but before we do that do check my other dessert recipes:
Marie Biscuit Laddus – quick, no-cooking recipe
Oreo laddus – Quick, no-cooking recipe
Oats-Almonds-Chia Seeds Laddu – Quick, no-cooking recipe
Pineapple Upside-down Cake in pressure cooker
Putani hittina laddu /Roasted split gram laddu – Quick, no- cooking recipe
Recipe makes 11-12 Modaks
For the covering:
- Roasted chana/ putani powder – 1-1/2cup
- Powdered sugar – 1 cup
- Fresh grated coconut – 1 tbsp
- Poppy seeds – 2 tsp
- Green cardamom – 1, powdered
- Fresh cream – 2 tbsp
- Milk – 1/4 cup/ as needed
- Fresh grated coconut – 1/4cup
- Cashew nuts – 3tbsp, finely chopped
- Poppy seeds/khus khus – 2 tsp
- Green cardamom – 1, powdered
- Condensed milk – 1 tbsp /as needed
Poppy seeds and saffron strands
To make the covering:
Mix all the ingredients together and form a well bound mixture. As milk little by little to avoid mixture becoming runny. Keep it aside and let’s proceed to making the stuffing.
To make the stuffing:
Mix all the ingredients. Add condensed milk little by little to avoid mixture becoming runny. Keep aside.
To assemble the modaks:
- Grease the modak moulds lightly with melted ghee.
- Take a small lemon sized ball of covering ms and stuff inside the mould.
- Make a cavity in the middle and add a teaspoonful of stuffing in the cavity.
- Take a little covering mixture and cover the stuffing.
- Unmould the modak and garnish it with few poppy seeds & saffron strands and it is ready to be served.
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Happy festivities you all!