Sweet and Spicy Modak are made to celebrate the elephant God Ganesha, in Hindu mythology as food made with rice, jaggery and coconut is considered to his favorite food.Hence these modaks are included among the festive food of India, during the festive season.
What is a Modak/Kozhukattai?
It is a dumpling made from rice or wheat flour with a filling of grated coconut and jaggery
The modak in Marathi, is also known as modakam or kudumu in Telugu, kadubu in Kannada, kozhakatta in Malayalam and kozhukattai in Tamil.
What is Ganesh Chaturthi/Festival?
Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is one of the major traditional festivals celebrated in India. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period), which falls around the end of the monsoon season.
Who is Ganesh?
Ganesh, the most beloved cheerful deity is worshipped with great pomp and show, on this day.He is worshipped first before starting new venture in life, since he is considered the remover of all obstacles.
He is known to have a sweet tooth and is an ardent foodie, so the devotees celebrate his birth by making his favorite dishes, among which the Kozhukattai or Modak tops the list.
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Being an Elephant headed God, makes him a lover of rice balls, coconut and jaggery (cane sugar), so most of the dishes prepared on this day have these ingredients in one form or another.
Why is Modak made for Ganesh Festival?
As per Hindu mythology, Ganpati Bappa as he fondly called by his devotees, was fond of eating sweets. Modaks were one of his favourite sweets. This is how He came to be known as Modakpriya, which means the one who loves modak. Lord Ganesha is offered 21 modaks as bhog and served as prasad.
How to prepare the Modaks/Kozhukattai?
The rice flour is sieved gently and mixed with a little oil, hot water and salt, to make a dough.
These rice dough balls /marbles are then steamed using a steamer or in an Idli stand and pan.
Then they are made into the sweet dish,
and the spicy dish respectively.
The detailed recipe to make both the sweet and spicy version follows…
The Sweet and Spicy Modak Recipe
- Amount Per ServingCalories1695
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 62g 96%
- Saturated Fat 44g 221%
- Cholesterol 63mg 21%
- Sodium 426mg 18%
- Potassium 1203mg 35%
- Total Carbohydrate 257g 86%
- Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
- Sugars 116g
- Protein 33g 66%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Our Ganesha at home is sweetly fed with his favorite Modak/Kozhukattai, both the sweet and spicy kind during the Ganesh Festival time, celebrating and thanking him for all his grace and mercy.
The Bottom Line
May his grace fill our homes and hearts each day to keep us safe, healthy, peaceful , happy and prosperous today and in the days and years to come !
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