By Nmami Agarwal
September 13, 2018
When Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner, then Modak(one of the most favourites of Lord Ganesha) can never miss its presence in the Indian taste buds. Ganesh Chaturthi is an annual festival when the religious fervour is at its peak. Keeping up with the religious identity of modaks, we present you with a more nourished variant of it, the Peanut Modak.
Jaggery is an unrefined sugar product known as Gur in India containing more nutrients than refined sugar. It has a good quantity of magnesium, iron, potassium, fructose and glucose that imparts good digestive health, prevents anaemia and improves immunity. Peanuts are high in fat (unsaturated fats) and proteins and low on carbs with many vitamins and nutrients. All this makes it best suited to heart’s health and
also assists in weight loss. The rice flour is stacked with lots of carbs, proteins, Vitamin E and Iron. It holds the prestige of being a natural beauty aid due to its natural anti-ageing and oil absorbing properties, also used in toning skin.
- Rice flour- 20 grams
- Peanuts- 1 teaspoon
- Powdered jaggery- 1 teaspoon
- Water- As needed
- Freshly grated coconut- 1 teaspoon
- Cardamom – 2 nos.
Course: Evening or Mid-meal
Calories (2 in no.): 122 kcal
Protein: 2.1 grams
Fat: 7.2 grams
Carb: 12.6 grams
- Get the peanuts roasted on medium flame with constant stirring, in a pan. On getting brown on the outer coat switch off the flame and let it
cool and dust the skin off and keep it ready.
- Peel the cardamom’s cover and powder it in a pestle and mortar.
- Now in a mixer, add roasted, skin peeled peanuts and powder it roughly.
- Next, on a pan add some water and put the jaggery in it on a medium flame and, add grated coconut and stir for a few minutes.
- When the coconut gets cooked for a minute, add powdered peanuts and stir, now put it off and let it cool.
- Heat rice powder in a wide pan till it gets warm and transfers it in a wide bowl with the further addition of around 3/4 cup of hot water. Mix and knead a soft dough, ensuring no cracks in the dough.
- Divide the dough and peanuts stuffing into equal balls.
- Take a dough ball, pressing it through your finger/thumb to widen it and stuff peanuts in it and then seal it from the top and roll it in a circular motion between your hands to give it a spherical shape.
- Finally, steam cooks the modak for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Over to you
A new taste to Lord Ganesha’s bhog will boost the religious celebration to a greater strength. The delicious taste doesn’t compromise the nutrition
required to keep the spirit high.