Modak -Sweet Dumplings (Fried)

Fried Modak recipe : A traditional Maharashtrian sweet dish offered to lord Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesh chaturthi festival.


(1 cup = 250 ml)

For Modak Covering:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½  cup refined flour (maida)
  • ½  cup semolina (sooji / rava)
  • Milk to knead the dough (as required)
  • 2 tbsp warm clarified butter (ghee) or oil
  • salt 1 tsp

For Modak Stuffing:

  • 2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) or oil
  • 1 tsp white sesame seed (safed til)
  • 1 tsp poppy seed (khus khus)
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut (nariyal)
  • ½ cup powdered or grated jaggery
  • 2 pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 t/s cardamom powder
  • ½ Cup Dry Fruits (Cashews & Almonds)
  • Milk or Water ( Stuffing should be little bit moist)



  • Mix the ingredients mentioned for the outer covering to make a soft dough.
  • At the end add warm ghee or oil to grease the dough.
  • Allow the dough to rest for 15-20 mins.


  • Take a heavy bottomed pan add ghee to it.
  • Place on low heat and saute khus khus seed (poppy seed) and safed til (sesame seed).
  • Add freshly grated coconut.
  • Add powdered jaggery. Mix nicely.
  • Keep stirring the mixture for 2­-3 mins. Jaggery would melt with a pleasant aroma. Don’t over­cook the mixture else the jaggery might harden.
  • Lastly add cardamom and nutmeg powder. Mix nicely. Switch off the gas don’t overcook the mixture. Allow the mixture to cool down.

Shaping the Modak

  • Make marble sized balls from the dough.
  • Dust some flour and roll them into thin round discs.( Thin edges and little bit thick center)
  • Place some filling in the center.
  • pinch the edges one by one. Bring together all the pinched folds in the center to make modak shape, seal the edges properly applying water on inner edges before folding.
  • Deep fry or shallow fry the modak until golden brown or cooked from all sides.
  • Place them on absorbent napkin to absorb excess oil.

For a healthier version, You can cook modak in air fryer. Put them in the air fryer and cook at 180 degree C for 10mins. That will be more like baked modaks.

  • Serve the modak warm.

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