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.

Yields-10-12 modaks
Preparation time-30-40 minutes
Cooking time-10 minutes


For filling:

  • 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
  • Salt-pinch
  • Water-1cup
  • 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.

Modak filling

For shell:

  • 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.

Modak making 1 Modak making 2

For modak:

  • 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.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on September 1, 2014, in Indian, Sweets. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  2. Cocoa in kuzhukatai is something very new ,i love the combination of cocoa with dates.Both are my favorites Chitra..


  3. this looks yummy! (Always looking for sweet healthy things)


    • Thanks Claire…Pleasure is mine to recieve your feedback and love to hear for any recipe you are looking for in vegetarian..I will give it a try with healthy touch


      • Thanks. I decided to follow your blog as I’ve found several good healthy things to try. I’m by no means a “foodie” so don’t generally follow food blogs, but I’m starting to struggle on keeping up my healthy diet as now I live alone (not with my amazing culinary conscious daughters) I get bored of eating the same meals. I’m seeing at 63 I finally need to get down to learning to cook better (hence my interest in your blog). I bought an excellent vegetarian cook book (though I do also eat meat) but one of the obstacles I find is (having been an “eat to live” type all my life) I have never heard of many of the ingredients! It’s the same with many of the recipes on your blog (particularly the Indian herbs and spices).
        I almost need an “Ingredients for Dummies” book. It would be so nice for us non Asian food dummies if you could post something about what the more obscure items are and where one can find them. You’re doing great though and the blog is a big help.


      • Thanks Claire for your wonderful feedback am blessed…all ingredients in my blog are available in Indian stores…if for any reason you are looking for a substitute will be more than happy to find out for you…look forward to your continued support


  4. Nice invention Chitra!!!


  5. Innovative twist to the traditional recipe:-) awesome C:-)


  6. Nice twist to the traditional recipe. This looks so YUM. Lovely share 🙂 Wish you a very happy Ganesha Chaturthi !

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