Kaju Modak can easily be made at home using only 4 simple ingredients. Modaks are offered to lord Ganesha during the puja ceremony.I have made variety of Modak recipes like, Fried Modak, Mawa Modak, Coconut Modak, Rava Kesar Modak.
- 1 cup (150g) kaju/cashews
- 1 cup (100g) sugar
- ¼ cup (32g) milk powder
- 1/3 cup (80ml) water
- 1 tablespoon (15g) ghee/clarified butter
Steps In Making
- In a mixer grinder churn the cashews. Don’t churn them in one go. Grind for 5 seconds, stop, grind again. Scrape the sides in between. Repeat till you get fine cashew powder.
- Now sieve the cashew powder with the help of a sieve and add milk powder to it and mix till well combined.
- To make the sugar syrup, place a pan over medium flame and add sugar and water and boil for around 3-4 minutes or till the sugar dissolves completely and the syrup becomes slightly thick. So much that when you drop it with a spoon, the last few drops don’t fall freely like water.
- Now switch off the flame and add cashew powder and mix till everything is well combined.
- Switch on the flame and slow flame cook the mixture for 4-5 minutes or until it thickens
- Now add ghee and again cook for couple of minutes.
- Once done, the mixture will stop sticking to the sides of the pan and form a ball like structure.
- Remove it in a bowl greased with ghee and let it cool down for 6-7 minutes. Do not cool completely, else the kaju mixture will become hard.
- Now grease your hands and the modak mould with some ghee and place some kaju mixture in the mould and close the modal mould.
- Remove the excess mixture from the sides and gently open the mould. Now while pressing the bottom of the modak, remove it from the mould.
- Similarly make all the modaks.
- Can be stored in the refrigerator for upto 15 days.
- Don’t grind all the cashews at a time, do it in portions else it might release oil.
- Milk powder adds a rich flavour and texture.
- If kaju modak dough turns hard then add some water and ghee and cook it in the pan again before setting it.
- Always cook kaju modak on low flame else it will thicken up quickly and become dark.
- To check if Kaju Modak dough is cooked and ready to be set, take a small portion and make a ball. If it forms a ball, then it’s ready else cook till it’s done. If it doesn’t cook properly then Kaju modak will not set and will become very soft and wont get a good shape either.