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Steamed Vegan Modaks [Traditional Indian Dumplings]
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Steamed Vegan Modaks [Traditional Indian Dumplings]

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular festivals that is widely celebrated in India, especially in the state of Maharashtra. During this festival, people worship Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. Indians prepare various types of sweets during this festival and modak is one of the most loved offerings. Modak is essentially a dumpling that has a sweet filling inside. So let’s get started with this simple recipe of steamed modaks.


  • 1 cup of rice flour
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons of oil
  • 1/c cup of grated coconut
  • ½ cup of grated jaggery
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom seeds
  • ½ cup of almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of oil


To prepare the filling:

  • Step 1: Heat some oil in a pan and add the grated coconut. Let the coconut cook for 2 minutes.
  • Step 2: Now, once the coconut is cooked properly, you can add the jaggery to the pan and mix it well.
  • Step 3: You can then add the cardamom seeds and almond milk to the mixture as well.
  • Step 4: Stir the mixture for at least 5 minutes, so that the mixture is cooked.

To prepare the covering:

  • Step 1: Take a pan and boil 1/2 cup of water in it.
  • Step 2: Once the water comes to a boil, add the salt and oil to the pan.
  • Step 3: Now add the rice flour to the pan and stir the mixture for about 5 minutes. Make sure that you stir the mixture well so that there are no lumps in the mixture.

Assembling the steamed modaks:

  • Step 1: Heat some water, about half the vessel. Let the water heat for about 10 minutes, until then you start assembling the modaks.
  • Step 2: Make small balls of around 1-inch diameter from the dough. Take one ball and flatten it, and roll out a small flat disc.
  • Step 3: Put the filling in the centre of the ball. Take the edges of the ball and join the edges to a point and shape the modak as shown in the picture. It resembles small dumplings. Repeat the same procedure and assemble all the modaks.
  • Step 4: Put all the modaks on a tray in the vessel and let them cook for about 10 minutes. Serve the steamed modaks immediately and enjoy.

Photograph Courtesy: Flickr's Creative Commons.

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  1. Support
    Ooo la la! This is just what we needed, Neha! Thanks for sharing.
    1. neha basrani
      Thank You so much..:)


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