modak recipe


3 servings

Total time

40-45 mins



Modak is one of the most famous sweet delicacies. It is specially made during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, where it is offered as prasad. It is also made during Sankashti Chaturthi pooja. If you plan to offer this traditional modak as naivaidyam this Ganesh Chaturthi, it is recommended to know more about its recipe. Modak is also referred to as kadubu, Kudumu, kozhukattai, and modakam. 

It is easy to follow the modak recipe made with sweet coconut jaggery filled in rice flour dough. It requires basic modak ingredients. These are made by hand, nicely filled, and steamed. It is flavoured with nutmeg or cardamoms that impart a unique flavour depending on the taste and preference. Maharashtrians particularly love this sweet or easy modak associated with Lord Ganesha, Ganpati Bappa Morya. This homemade modak can be made in a variety of ways. 

Cuisine and Course

Indian sweet dish, Dessert




  • Rice Flour- 2 cups

  • Coconut- 1 cup for filling

  • Jaggery/Brown Sugar- 1 cup

  • Ghee- 1tsp

Modak requires minimal ingredients but it takes some time, effort, and patience to make perfect dumplings or modak preparation. You can also check out ukdiche modak recipe to make authentic modaks. Follow this recipe and make a batch of mouth-melting modaks:


  • Take a pan and heat a pan with 1 tsp ghee. 

  • You can also use poppy seeds which can be optional. 
  • If adding poppy seeds, take 1 tbsp and fry them on a low flame for half a minute.
  • Now add grated fresh coconut to the pan.
  • Add one cup of jaggery. If you wish to keep it less sweet, you can tone down on jaggery and add only ¾ cup.
  • You can add besan for the besan modak recipe.
  • Cook on a medium flame while lightly stirring it. 
  • Cook until all moisture from the mix evaporates, and the mixture dries up.
  • Adding nutmeg and cardamom is completely optional at this stage.
  • Turn off the stove and allow the mix for the mawa modak recipe to cool.
  • Pour one cup of water into a pan and add one teaspoon ghee and a pinch of salt to it.
  • Heat it until it starts boiling.
  • Turn the flame to low and quickly add flour to it and mix it well.
  • The flour will become lumpy.
  • Turn off the stove and allow the flour to rest under a covered lid.
  • Once the flour cools, get the steamer and a basket ready. 
  • Grease them well or spread a muslin cloth on its surface.
  • When the dry and crumbly mix is slightly warm, transfer it to a bowl.
  • Use warm water to sprinkle and knead the dough.
  • Knead until it is smooth and crack-free.
  • Divide the mix as per mould size.
  • Knead each ball until soft and cover them with a moist cloth.
  • If not using a mould, press your finger in the middle of the ball and make a dent in the centre.
  • Ensure the edges are thinner than the centre.
  • Place 1 to 1 ½ tsp of jaggery mixture.
  • Close the ball and pinch off excess dough.
  • Bring the pleats together, give it a shape, and pinch off neatly.
  • Cover the modaks in a muslin cloth.
  • Take 2 cups of water in a steamer and put it on a medium flame to boil.
  • Grease the steam basket so that it doesn’t stick at the base.
  • Sprinkle some saffron over the modaks and steam for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, shut off the gas and let it rest for a while.
  • You can make fried modak using the fried modak recipe replacing steaming with frying. 
  • Serve steamed modak to Lord Almighty and the guests.


Go for the modak recipe given above and prepare mouth-melting, delectable, and amazing in taste modaks at home this Ganesh Chaturthi. Everyone is sure to appreciate your culinary skills.