Strawberry modak is our 4 ingredient modak recipe. If you do not have mawa handy, this is just the recipe for you. This sweet is a special for Ganesh chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune. During this festival, devotees prepare various sweets and delicacies, but one sweet that holds a special place in the hearts of many is the Modak. Modak is a sweet dumpling that is believed to be Lord Ganesha’s favorite food, and it is a must-have during the festivities.
Traditionally, Modak's made with khoya, which is a kind of thickened milk with a creamy consistency. Khoya Modak's really popular and lots of people love it.
Modak Sweet Recipe has been adapted over time, and now there's loads of variations. From chocolate Modak to fruit-flavored Modak, there something for everyone. Ganesh Modak has become famous due to the combination of sesame, jaggery, and coconut. This sweet is believed to be Lord Ganesha’s favorite, and many devotees make it as an offering during the festival. Some other Indian sweet recipes that we like to prepare for the ganpati festival include apple kheer, sabakki payasa/sabudana kheer anjeer roll, and gluten free gulab jamun.
What is Ganesh Chaturthi?
Shri Ganesha is the son of Bhagwan Shiva and Mata Parvati. He is worshipped before any pooja or havan or any auspicious beginning, in Hinduism. Sri Ganesha is the slayer of any obstacle and considered the most Intelligent one. He is also known as Ganpathi, Atharv, or Vighnaharta Mangal Murti. His vahan or vehicle is Mushak or mouse.Ganesh chaturthi marks the birth of Lord Ganesha across India and the world. It is a 10 day long festival in Maharashtra. Most important areas to visit are Lalbaug cha raja, Ganesh gully in Mumbai, Ashtavinayak across Maharashtra and Shri Dagdusheth Ganpati at Pune.
How to make your own eco friendly Ganpati idol?
There are many ways to make idol. Although most people order PoP based models but you can also make idol using flour or clay dough. Here is our humble ways of making the idol
- Chocolate Ganpati idol
- Eco friendly idol using raw vegetable/play dough using vinegar
- Eco friendly idol using cream of tartar
Which types of modak does Ganpati Bapa like?
- Traditional Ukadiche modak : Gluten free steamed dessert made with a filling of coconut jaggery and spices like cardamom powder, nutmeg and poppy seeds enclosed in a rice flour pastry.
- Mawa modak: Another popular variety where modak made with instant mawa or khoya and food colors or natural fruit puree or chocolate.
- Fried modak : Made with the same filling as Ukadiche modak, but in a casing of whole wheat flour or atta, semolina. They are usually fried in ghee or oil. Here we have made a low oil version by using an air fryer.
- frying pan
- modak mould
- potato masher
- milk powder
1. In a bowl add sliced strawberries along with sugar. Keep it aside for 15 mins.
2. Mash them with a potato masher/ mathni to release the juices.
3. Sieve the mixture to leave the seeds/pieces out
4. In a pan,start cooking the mix on a low heat.
5.Soon it will start reducing,continue cooking on low flame and stirring continuously
6. Cook it on low flame until you get around ⅓ cup of puree. It will take close to 30 minutes on low heat.
7. Switch off the gas and add milk powder mixing it slowly.
8.Switch on the gas for few minutes,add 1 teaspoon of ghee to bind it together.
9. Once the mixture has cooled a bit, shape them into desired moulds.This yields 12 modaks and can be stored in refrigerator.
You can also make it using khoya or mawa if you have it available
You can store them in an air tight jar in a refrigerator.
Strawberry Modak recipe
- frying pan
- modak mould
- potato masher
- 500 gm strawberry
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup milk powder
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- In a bowl add sliced strawberries along with sugar. Keep it aside for 15 mins.
- Mash them with a potato masher/ mathni to release the juices.
- Sieve the mixture to leave the seeds/pieces out
- In a pan,start cooking the mix on low flame
- Soon it will start reducing,continue cooking on low flame and stirring continuously
- Cook it on low flame until you get around ⅓ cup of puree.It will take close to 30 minutes on low flame.
- Switch off the gas and add milk powder mixing it slowly.
- Switch on the gas for few minutes, add 1 teaspoon of ghee to bind it together.
- Once the mixture has cooled a bit, shape them into desired moulds/modak. This yields 12 modaks and can be stored in refrigerator.
To sum it up, Modak is a sweet that brings joy to many during Ganesh Chaturthi. Modak-making's been around for ages, and now there're all kinds of types. Whether you like classic khoya Modak or the fruity strawberry Modak, there's something for you. Get some Modak ready for Ganesh Chaturthi and offer it as a sign of your love.