Showing posts with label Modaka. Show all posts
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gouri -Ganesha Festival Special Dishes.

Happy Gouri -Ganesha Festival to all. 
Gouri Ganesha Festival is celebrated in all most all parts of India. Ganapati/Ganesha, being the vighna vinashaka means he solves all the problems whatever it comes. He should be prayed first in any function takes place. This year Ganesha festival is on Thursday 17th of September. The previous day will be Gouri festival. Many people do bring Gouri-Ganesha statue which is made of mud. After the pooja and prasadam people do visit Ganesha kept in other places. Ganesha festival day many  dishes are  prepared to offer at pooja as prasadam and distributed to people who comes to see Ganapa/ Ganesha/ Vinayaka /Vignesha. It is said that what ever you prepare must be 21 in number. People do 21 namaksarass, seeing 21 Ganesha statues etc.
 Feast means number of dishes cooked and served and a heavy meal at the end of the pooja is enjoyed with the whole family. People do many dishes like Laddus, Chakli, Kadubu and kajjayas, Holige and Karchikai/ karanji etc etc.
Here are some simple recipes one could enjoy your meal fully in a healthy way. 

Shavige Kheer- Harive soppina Huli - Patrode and Kai kadabu
First day is the Gouri pooja and ladies pray for the health of their husband and the people of the house. Bhagina (Haladi -Kumkum) is given to ladies. Then only the cooking starts. It will be some easy recipes on that day. Our Udupi side people do preparation with leaves and some payasam. There is a story behind this, since the parents of Parvathi were very poor and could not offered much they could only prepare the leaves (which you get in plenty during this time of the year) dishes and payasa.
Gouri Festival day : Special Dishes

1. Harive Soppina Huli (Amaranth leaves curry)

Things needed :

Amaranth leaves/Harive soppu  : 1 bundle
Toor/ Moong dal : 1/2 Cup
Coconut : 3 Tablespoons.
Coriander seeds/daniya seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera/Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red byadagi chilli " 5 to 6
Tamarind : a small marble size.
Salt : to taste
Mustard splutter with urid dal, ingh, curry leaves

Method :

1. Wash and pressure cook toor dal. Let it cool.
2. Wash and cut harive soppu and cook till they turn soft.
3. Grind coconut, raw coriander seeds, jeera, red chilly and tamarind with little water till paste consistency.
4. Now keep a big pan on the fire and add cooked dal, leaves, salt and turmeric powder. Mix it well. Let it cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add ground coconut-coriander mixture and mix it well. Let it cook on low flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Shift the ready curry and add mustard splutter with ingh and curry leaves.
7. The curry is ready to serve.

2. Patrode ; Kesu patrode :

Things needed :

Kesu /Colocasia leaves : 8 to 10.
Coconut : 1/2 cup
Toor dal :1/2 cup
Raw rice : 2 cups
Red chilly 6 to 8
Coriander seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera : 1 Teaspoon
Methi seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 Tablespoon
Tamarind : a small lemon size
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons
Salt : to taste

Method :

Wash all the leaves and remove the stem behind the leaves and keep it aside. Soak rice , urid dal, toor dal. methi seeds for 2 hours and grind them with coconut, daniya seeds, jeera, red chilly and tamarind.
Add jeggary, salt and grind at the end and remove from the mixi jar. Add salt and mix it well.
Just spread one leaf and spread the dough on it nicely. Add one more leaf on the top of the first one and spread the dough. Repeat the same on one more leaf.  (not more than 4 leaves ).
Fold the sided to the center and roll them like chapati roll.
Arrange them on a plate and steam cook in Idly cooker or pressure cooker for 25 to 30 minutes.
Prick it a knife edge to know that is cooked well. Patrode is done if the dough does not stick to the knife edge.
Patrode is ready to serve.

3. Shavige Kheer

Things needed : 

Shavige/thin noodles : 1/2 Cup
Milk : 2 Cups
Sugar : 2 To 3 Tablespoons
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Dry Fruits : 2 Tablespoons : (Cashew Nuts and Raisins).

Method :

Fry Shavige/thin noodles on a low flame with a teaspoon of ghee.
Add boiled milk and let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add sugar and stir well.
Powder cardamom and keep it aside.
Fry cashew nuts and raisins in a teaspoon of ghee and add it to the kheer.
Shift the kheer to a serving bowl and add powdered cardamom.

Note : Use of more or less sugar is optional. You can use more dry fruits and add almonds to the kheer. Frying should be done on low flame.

Ganesh Festival : Special dishes

1.Kadale Pancha Kajjaya 

Pancha Kajjaya is a sweet dish , pancha means five and kajjaya is some thing sweet. Kadale/Channa dal Pancha kajjaya is prepared using Channa dal or whole channa.

Things Needed :

Channa/Bengal / Kadale bele : 1 Cup
Sugar or Jaggery : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Ghee : 1 Teaspoon
Coconut : 2 Tablespoons
Cardamom : 3 to 4 pods.

Methid :

Dry roast channa/ kadale bele and leave it for cooling.
Powder cardamom and sugar/jaggery in a mixi jar.(dry grinder).
Dry roast coconut on low flame and dry grind it.
Dry grind roasted channa dal coarsely and remove from the jar.
Put powdered channa, dry ground coconut, jaggery/sugar in  a big bowl.
Add a spoon of ghee and mix all the ingredients nicely and put it in a serving dish.

Kai Kadubu (Sweet coconut jaggery stuff).

Things needed : 

Rice flour : 2 Cups
Water : 4 Cups
Jaggery : 1/2 Cup
Coconut : 1 Cup (fresh and grated)
Cardamom : 4 to 5 pods.
Salt : a little

Method : 

Powder cardamom and grate coconut. Dry grind coconut with cardamom seeds and keep it aside.
Now keep a pan on the fire and add jaggery and dry ground coconut.
Mix it nicely on a low flame and to a slightly thick consistency.
They should be mixed together and the water content should disappear. Remove from the pan and keep it aside.
Now keep water for boiling on the fire.Once the water boils add rice powder and mix it thoroughly..
Mix it nicely and stir continuously till it gets thick.
It starts leaving the pan. Mix it well again and remove from the pan.
Now mix it well once again and take a small size of cooked dough and prepare Kai kadabu.
Spread the dough in circle shape. Place a spoon full of jaggery coconut mixture in the middle and  fold both sides like a boat shape or half moon shape. Prepare kaikadabu and arrange in the plate.
To give a modaka shape : touch little ghee and take a small lemon size of rice flour dough. Spread it on the palm like a circle shape. Keep a teaspoon of coconut jaggery mixture and bring up all the sides on the top and turn it like a top.
Steam these kai kadubu and modakas in a pressure cooker or idli cooker for 10 to 15 minutes.
Arranging them in pressure cooker: arrange the modak/kaikadabu in a small plate. Put some water to the bottom of the pressure cooker. Place a big bowl upside down. Place a plate above the bowl. Keep the  Kai kadabu or Modaka arranged tray or plate on the top of the plate. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. (Do not use weight while steaming).
Modakas/Kai Kadabu  are ready for Naivedyam.
Note : You can prepare kova modakas, just mixing sweet kova and little chiroti rava together, add a teaspoon of ghee and prepare a ball size and give a shape of modaka. You can also prepare dough with rava and maida and keep some sugar and nuts mixture and give a shape to modaka and fry them till they turn brown. Crsipy modakas are ready to serve.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Veggy Modak..

Veggy Modak is a snack ..and you can have them as break-fast or  as evening snack.

Things Needed:
Rice powder: 2 cups
Carrot : 1 cup
Beans : 1 cup
Capsicum:1 cup
Green chilly : 2
Coriander Leaves : 2 Table spoons.
Salt : to taste.
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urd Daal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8 leaves.
Oil: 1 Tea spoon
Wash and cut all the vegetables, Green chillies and coriander leaves  in to small pieces and keep it aside.
Take a pan and keep it on fire and heat. Put 1 tea spoon of oil . Put mustard seeds and urd daal. let the mustard seed spurt.  Add curry leaves and cut vegetables . Mix well and  cook on low flame adding little water. Add little salt to it. Cook it for 4 to 5 minutes until the water disappear. Put cut coriander leaves and remove from the pan.
Now take an another pan and put  4 cups of water and add little salt to it. .  Bring to boil and  add rice powder little by little while the water boiling. Mix it well and stir the dough for at least 5 minutes. The dough gets thickens .Stir well and remove from the pan and keep it aside. Make balls when the dough when it becomes cool and flatten them with your palm place a spoon full of  vegetable dry curry prepared and close them with your finger giving it Modaka shape. Prepare this kind of modakas placing vegetables in it.  Arrange in a  steam cooker  or pressure cooker and steam them  for 10 minutes and serve hot Modaks with Coconut chutney and a spoonful of pure ghee on hot Modakas.

Mote : Wet your hands while making balls . So that it will be easy to make Modakas. Can add Green peas to the vegetables also.

You can use Maida flour instead of rice powder. ( Roast Maida flour and leaving for cooling . Add plain water and mix as chapati dough and  kneed well and make small balls and then flatten them one by one add the filling and prepare Modakas).
Note on  steaming Modakas in a steamer or Pressure cooker:  Add 2 glasses of water put a small bowl ( any pressure cooker container will do or similar vessel). upside down.  Place a plate on it and arrange the Modakas on the plate and cover the pressure cooker and cook for  10 minutes.

10 to 15  Modakas can be prepared. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Modaka ( With Rice Flour )

Modaka is a special dish prepared on God Ganesha Festival.......This Modaka is  a healthy sweet dish and can have it even as Break fast.

Things Needed:
Rice  Flour : 2 cups
Water : 2 cups
Jaggery : 1 cup
Coconut : 2 cups .( Fresh and grated)
Cardamom : 5 to 6 seeds.
Grate coconut . Powder the cardamom and keep it aside. Keep a pan on the fire and heat . Put grated coconut and jaggery . Mix thoroughly and stir until the moisture disappear from the coconut mixture. Add cardamom and leave it for cooling.
Now boil water in a  bigger pan.  Pour  rice flour in a bowl and add boiled hot water slowly and mix the flour like chapati dough. Mix it well and Knead the dough thoroughly.  Now apply little oil or ghee to your palm take a ball size of rice flour dough and pat it and spread little and place a spoonful of coconut jaggery mixture and cover from all side and bring it to ball shape. ( You can bring up the top of Modaka little longer too).  Repeat and prepare modakas from remaining dough.  Arrange all the modakas in a tray or plate.
Keep a pressure cooker on the fire . Put some water (1 to 2 cups )  in the pressure cooker and place a small vessel down and  keep the arranged modakas on the top of that vessel and steam it for 10 to 15 minutes.  Modakas are ready to serve.
Note: Mix rice flour with required water.  So that the dough will be easy to prepare Modakas. You can also use idli stand to steam the Modaka. ( Same as idli prepared) . Do not use weight while steaming . Can cover the hole of pressure cooker with a glass.
15 to 16  Modaks can be prepared .

Friday, August 26, 2011

Modaka ( Fried ) .....

Ganesha Festival is nearing .....Some tasty Prasadam should be prepared ....for Ganesh Pooja...
Our Ganesha is Modaka Preeya..Means He loves Modaka......Modaka is a sweet dish made of coconut and Jagery and love to have them any time of the day...

Things Needed :
Maida (  Refined wheat flour) : 1 cup
Jaggery : 1/2 cup
Coconut: 1/2 cup
Oil : 1 cup ( For frying )
Ghee: 1 table spoon
Cardamom : 3 to 4
Salt : a pinch
Mixed Nuts :  2 Tea spoons.
Method :
Dry Roast Maida flour for 2 minutes and leave it for cooling .  Add ghee ( 1 table spoon ) and mix well . Add required water and prepare dough ( poori consistency ) and keep it aside.
Now mix coconut and jaggery and mix it well . Keep a pan on the fire and fry this mixture until water disappear from the mixture . Now add mixed nuts and cardamom powder to it and mix well again.

Take a dough and roll like small pooris.  Place 1 spoon of sweeet mixture in the middle and fold the edges togethere ..and press  that mixture does not come out while you fry these  modakas.
Prepare all the modakas together  in the same way and arrange in a plate.
Now keep a pan , put oil and heat . Fry  modakas on  medium heat until brown and remove from the pan.  Arrange modakas in a tray or plate ...

Note : You can add thin rava ( one table spoon ) to Maida flour while preparing the dough. Can add lots of nuts like cashew, sesame seeds ( one tea spoon ) and puppy seeds( one tea spoon),  Almond ,  dry grapes to coconut mixture..  Frying on low flame  help you to get crispy Modakas.
You can also steam  Modakas instead of frying.  But fried Modakas taste better.
1o to 12 Modakas can be prepared.   



Thursday, September 4, 2008

Modaka & Kai Kadabu

Modaka is a sweet dish and it is mostly done during Ganesh Chaturthi. Fried or steamed Modakas are prepared with different ingredients. Traditionally it used to be prepare with rice or wheat flour and used jaggery or sugar. But now a days people have tried with chocolate and prepared chocllate modakas, kova modakas, paneer (cottage cheese) modakas etc.
Here is a traditional way of preparing modaks and kaikadubu which is also done during this Ganesha festival. 

Things Needed : 

Outer layer : 
Rice flour : 1 Cup 
Water : 2 Cups 
Salt : a pinch
Hoorana (to stuff it inside)
Coconut : 1 Cup 
Jaggery : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Cardamom:  2 to 3 pods. 

Method :  

1. Keep water for boiling in a pan or bowl.
2. Add rice flour when the water starts to boil and stir well. Let the flour mix well with water and turns thick
3. Stir continuously til it starts to leave the pan. 
4. Put off the fire and mix the thick dough nicely by just touching the water. ( The mixture will be very hot). 
5. Keep another pan and put jaggery and 1 tablespoon of water. 
6. Let the jaggery melt nicely. Sieve the content with tea strainer. 
7. Grate coconut and dry grind it with cardamom seeds. (remove the seeds from pods and add it to coconut).
8. Keep the cleaned jaggery content and add dry ground coconut. Stir well and let the coconut mixture turn thick.
9. Now take a small size of rice dough and  shape as ball. Flattened the rice dough on your palm. 
10. Keep a teaspoon of coconut jaggery mixture in side and bring up all the sides of the modaka upside. Let it be like a stick shape.
11. Prepare all the dough the same way and then arrange them in a tray or idli cooker. 

13. Keep the modaka plate/ tray on the top of the bowl. Cover the pressure cooker with its lid and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
14. Check the modakas that done with a knife edge. (just prick the knife and if the dough does not stick to the edge, modakas are done).
15. Keep the modakas for naivedya (samarpan) and serve as prasadam.   

 Note : The consistency of the dough should not be water or too hard. You can also use modaka mould to prepare modakas. Just place a small size of spread dough and then place the sweet content. close it. The mould helps to fold and gives a good shape. Add jaggery according to your wish. (more /less). Do not add any maida or rava to the dough.
Time :40 minutes
20  Modakas can be prepared.