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Traditional Sweet Indian Vegan Dumplings
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Traditional Sweet Indian Vegan Dumplings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

India is known to be a land of celebrations, most of which revolve around religious festivals. This week, Hindus all over the world are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival that welcomes and praises the God for ten days before bidding him adieu. During this festival, there are a plethora of sweets prepared all over the country. Here is my vegan version of traditional Indian dumplings; a sweet dessert referred to as modak in India.



  • ½ cup cream of wheat
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • A splash of soy milk, to help you knead the dough


  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • ½ cup ground cashews
  • Sprinkling of ground cardamom seeds
  • Vegetable oil to deep fry the dumplings



STEP 1: Prepare the dough ahead of time. It needs to rest for a while. Mix all of the ingredients together into a stiff  but malleable dough.

STEP 2: Cover the dough for at least half an hour.


STEP 1: Mix the shredded coconut and sugar together .

STEP 2 : Let the mixture cook for some time in an uncovered sauce pan. Keep stirring the mixture, as coconut can burn rather easily.

STEP 3: Add the ground cashews and cardamom powder to the mixture and stir.

STEP  4: Once everything is mixed properly, set the mixture aside and let it cool down for fifteen minutes.


STEP 1: Take the dough and make equal one-inch balls.

STEP 2: Roll the ball into a disc. Try to make it as thin as possible. The disc can be up to three inch in diameter.

STEP 3: Take the filling and place in the center of the disc. Gather the edges at the top and seal it into a pointed tip.

STEP 4: Heat enough oil in a frying pan to deep fry the dumplings until they are a golden brown.

Serve them either hot or cold. Enjoy!


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  1. Support
    Yum! We just pinned this to our Pinterest board "Great Vegan Entrees". Thanks for contributing to The Flaming Vegan!
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  2. neha basrani
    Oh wow..that is so encouraging..! Thank you..:)
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  3. Rainbow Plant Based Cook
    Rainbow Plant Based Cook
    Neha Basrani, thanks for the recipe! Voted +1
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  4. neha basrani
    Thanks Coach, do try them out, I bet you will love them :)
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  5. Rainbow Plant Based Cook
    Rainbow Plant Based Cook
    This would be a great finger food to take somewhere.
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