Thursday, 20 September 2012

Ukdiche Modak

'Ukdiche Modak' translated to english means steamed modaks. It is the 'prasad' done on Ganesha Chaturthi. It is Lord Ganesha's most favourite food. I'm using the plastic mould to make the modaks. Traditianally it is made with hands and giving it a shape like garlic pod.


For the stuffing
2 cups grated coconut
2 cups jaggery powder (If the jaggery is too sweet use little less than 2 cups)
2 tbs khus-khus (poppy seeds, roasted and powdered)

For the modaks cover
2 cups rice flour
3 cups water
1 tbs oil
pinch of salt 


1. For making the stuffing, mix grated coconut and jaggery and keep for 2-3 hours. Cook this mixture on low fire. The jaggery will start melting. Keep stirring from time to time. After sometime the jaggery and coconut will be cooked well and you will start getting amazing aroma!! The stuffing is done! Keep this aside to cool down.   
2. For the modak cover, boil 3 cups of water. Add little salt to the water. Once the water starts boiling add oil. Now add the rice flour and stir continuously. The dough will become thick. Mix well and cover the pot for 3-4 minutes. Let it steam for a while on low heat. Remove the dough and when it is half cooled, take very little water on your hands and knead the dough properly on a flat surface (preferably kitchen platform) to avoid the cover from breaking. (This is very important step. Else the cover will break while steaming.)

  3. Take little rice flour dough in your hands and make a small ball. Start flattening the ball as shown in the pic below.

    4. Use your right hand to put the stuffing in this cover. 
     5. Pinch the cover as shown in the picture to give it a shape like modak!
6. Close the modak and put it in the mould (Grease the mould with some oil to avoid the cover from sticking to the mould) If you are using your hands keep on closing the corners one by one till you get a garlic pod like shape!

7. Close the mould and open it slowly and voila! Modaks are ready!!

8. When you are ready with all the modaks, grease a steel plate with little cooking oil. Steam the modaks in a idli steamer, cooker for 5-7 minutes. Enjoy this delicious sweet with desi ghee

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw

2 medium size carrots - skin removed and finely grated
1 small cabbage (green, red)- finely shredded
1/2 medium size onion finely chopped into julienne
4-5 garlic finely chopped
thick curd 1 cup
Mayonnaise 1/2 cup
Mustard sauce 1/4 cup
cheese spread 1/2 cup
tomato sauce/ketchup 2 tbs
salt as per taste
pepper as per taste
1 tbs sugar

  1.  In a large bowl whisk together thick curd, mayonnaise, mustard sauce, cheese spread, tomato sauce/ketchup, salt, pepper and sugar.  
  2. Add cabbage, carrots, garlic, onions and toss gently and combine all the ingredients well. Chill for 4-5 hrs before serving.

    **Serve with white sandwich bread- Spread the coleslaw between the bread slices and enjoy coleslaw sandwiches!!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Grilled Paneer sandwich

A very healthy option when you want to skip lunch /dinner.The Sandwich can be served with a green chutney or a ketchup. Perfect option to give your kiddo in the tiffin too!

150 gms paneer (cottage cheese) grated/mashed
1 onion - finely chopped
1 small capsicum
boiled corn kernels (optional) 1/2 cup
1 small green chilli or red chilli powder (use any one of the option)
Salt as per taste
1 tsp oil to saute the vegetables 
bread slices (use brown bread for healthier option)
Amul butter- to put on bread slice

  1.  Heat oil in a non stick pan and add onions and green chillies. Saute for sometime till onions turn transparent. In case you are using red chilli powder, do not add it just now.
  2. Add capsicum, saute for a minute. Add paneer (cottage cheese), corn kernels and red chilli powder and salt.  This is your stuffing for the sandwich.
  3. Put off the gas. See to it that there is no water in this stuffing. If there is excess water remove the water from the stuffing.
  4. Butter the bread slices on one side. Add the stuffing and toast the bread in the sandwich toaster.
  5. Serve with ketchup or green chutney