Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Modaks for Ganesha!!!
I am giving these modaks to Ganesh Ji in advance!!
1 cup Chana dal (Bengal gram dal)
1/2 cup Dates (deseeded)
2-4 tbsp ghee
raisins roasted in ghee
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp crushed cardamom
Cashew Nuts for garnish
Pressure cook chana dal along with dates, with water just required to cook the dal. Blend the dal and dates in a mixer to make a thick paste. Do not add much water while blending.
In a pan roast raisins in ghee and set aside. In the same pan add 2-3 tbsp ghee, add cardamom powder and then the chana dal-dates paste. To this add sugar and stir continously, cook until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. If you feel the mixture is not leaving the sides of the pan, add some more ghee :) Lord Ganesha will be Happy!! Fold in the raisins.
Remove from heat and let it cool. Use mold to make modak shapes. If you do not find a mold you can use the traditional hand juicer. (hope you got me!!) Top it with cashew nuts. Neivedyam ready for Ganesh chaviti (Chaturthi)!