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Happy Ganesh Chathurthi dear friends πŸ™‚ Here is a very traditional recipe from my place which is prepared for Lord GaneshaΒ This is not the same as the Modak which is prepared in North India. It is a must that we prepare for Ganesh Chathurthi in my place. If anyone knows about Pillaiyarpatti Β in Tamil Nadu where there is a famous Ganesh temple, these modhagam’s are served there on a grand scale.

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Raw Rice : 3/4 cup

Moong Dal : 1/4 cup

Grated Coconut : 1/4 cup (fresh preferred)

Jaggery/Gur : 1/2 cup powdered( Please do no use sugar for this, it does not give the exact taste)

Sesame Oil(Gingely Oil) :Β 5 tablespoons

Water : 1 cup

Cardamom : 3 pieces


  • Soak raw rice and moong dal separately for 1 hour.
  • After an hour drain of water from rice and grind it to a coarse paste. (just grind for 10 to 15 sec this would be enough)
  • Add 1 to 1 1/2 cup water to it.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pan.
  • When it is hot add the grinded rice with water, jaggery, moong dal ,cardamom pieces and mix well.
  • Continuously stir and make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Add remaining oil slowly for every 3 to 4 mins.
  • It would combine well and form as a dough. Now add the grated coconut and mix. After 2 to 3 mins stop and let it cool.
  • When it is warm, oil palms and make balls out of it.
  • Steam in Idli cooker or any steamer for 10 mins.

Serve it hot πŸ™‚