Ganapati Bappa Morya.
Wish you all a happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
Modaks have a special significance during Ganesh festival, as it is believed to be the favourite food of Lord Ganesha, due to which he is called Moniker Modakapriya (the one who likes modak) in Sanskrit. Originally in some parts of Indian Modaks are made with rice flour and jaggary coconut stuffing which are steamed. There are fried Modaks too. Now a days there are different varieties of Modaks available like Mava, Chocolate, Cake, Dry fruit Modak etc.
Today I have made raw papaya Modak for Ganesha...
A recipe with love from my Kitchen.
1 cup Raw Papaya cut into cubes
100 grams Khoya
1/2 cup Cashew / Almond powder
3 tbsp Hot Milk
2 pinches of Saffron
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
Pinch of Salt
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tbsp Ghee
Take a pot.
Add 2 cups of water and papaya cubes into the pot.
Simmer it for 2 minutes.
Drain the water out.
Add saffron into the hot milk and keep it aside.
Blend the papayas in a blender into a paste.
Add a tbsp of ghee into a pan or a pot.
Add the papaya paste, stir it on a low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the cashew or almond powder. Continue to stir occasionally.
Add salt, cardamom powder and khoya. Keep stirring on low flame till the khoya incorporates well with the other ingredients.
Add the saffron milk and sugar.
Stir and cook the mixture on a low flame until it starts to form a dough.
To check, take a small portion and roll it. It should form into a ball.
Switch off the flame.
Let it cool a bit.
Take a modak mould.
Apply ghee into the mould.
Take a big lime size portion.
Place it into the mould to give it a shape.
Repeat the same process to make the other modaks.
Take few strand of saffron to garnish the modaks.