Cocoa Modak with coconut and dates molasses (sugar free)
Lord Ganesh loves little steamed dumplings so during ganesh chaturthi varieties of modak is made. Modak is a steamed sweet dumpling made up of rice flour shells filled with a succulent mixture of jaggery and coconut.
Here in this recipe I have used cocoa powder along with rice flour to make shells just to give a chocolate tinge and made filling sugar free by adding dates molasses with and spices for the flavour.
Preparation time-30-40 minutes
Cooking time-10 minutes
- Grated coconut-1cup
- Dates molasses-1/4cup (I used 3tbsp)
- Nutmeg powder-a pinch
- Cinnamon powder-a pinch
- Cardamom powder-a big pinch
For the shell:
- Rice flour-1cup
- Cocoa powder-1tbsp
- Olive oil spread-1tbsp+ for brushing/kneading
- Heat a pan add grated coconut, dates molasses and stir for about 5-7minutes.
- Add nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon powder mix well and continue to cook for another 5-7minutes and keep aside.
- In a deep dish, boil water with 1tbsp olive spread.
- In a bowl sieve rice flour, cocoa powder, salt mix well and keep aside.
- As the water comes to boil reduce the flame and add flour, salt mix well.
- Cover the dish and continue to cook till it half done (approx. 4-5minutes)
- Once heated through turn off the flame and keep it covered and set aside for 5-7minutes.
- Grease some olive spread on the base of a steel bowl and while the dough is still hot, knead it well by greasing your hand with some spread and divide into equal portions and roll to a smooth balls in between your palms.
- Now take one portion at a time and flatten it well, shape the edges into a flower pattern.
- Fill a spoonful of filling onto the dough and seal it and place in a
- In a steamer heat sufficient water and place modaks on a perforated plate and steam for 8-10minutes.
- Once steamed remove from the steamer and allow it to cool a bit and serve hot/warm.
- Preferably fresh coconut add flavour and taste if not handy desiccated coconut can be used.
- Sweet can be altered as per the taste.
- By adding cocoa I didn’t feel any bitter taste in my modak,, if so can include 1-2tbso of sweetner while making the dough.