Aug 30, 2009

Modaks,Sesame Ladoos-ICC Festive Special

Hello Friends , after a long blog hiatus I am back.It has been really tough to get
the kids adjusted to the hot and humid conditions and more specially the schools.
Though it is almost 4 months Nandhu is still missing her school back there. Life is more hectic as Harish is in the board exam .
I missed out the first two months ICC challenge.I made Modak and sesame ladoos. We use to have sugar and coconut pooran for the modak.So want to try this out. The sesame ladoos I never make at home.Both of them came out delicious. Hubby liked the sesame ladoos.
Modak\ Stuffing - 2 cups freshly grated coconut (can use frozen unsweetened coconut) 1 cup jaggery (grated) 1 tbsp poppy seeds 1 tsp cardamom powder one pinch nutmeg (optional) 2 tbsp water (mom uses milk) Cover - 1 cup rice flour 1.25 cup water pinch of salt 1 tbsp oil Preparation for Stuffing - Roast poppy seeds in a small skillet and let it cool down. Grind it coarsely and keep it aside. In a heavy bottom kadhai mix all the ingredients for stuffing except poppy seed powder and let it sit for 15 min. Now start heating the mixture over medium heat. In about 10-12 minutes, the mixture starts boiling and stuffing will turn yellowish brown and will be sticky. Take the kadhai off the heat, add poppy seeds powder and mix well. Set it aside to cool down. Preparation for cover - Take vessel that has tight fitting cover. Start boiling water in that vessel, add salt and oil. When water starts boiling, lower the heat and slowely add rice flour. Please do now dump everything at once. Start mixing vigourously with a heavy spoon. Now close the lid and take the pot off the heat. Let the covered pot cool down for 15 minutes or so. Then with wet hands, mix the dough properly. It will warm so be careful and use cold water to keep your hands from burning but do not use too much water. if you think the dough is little sticky, I will suggest add 1-2 tbsp maida to it and make the dough. Making Modak (Final Product) - Start boiling water in a large vessel that can fit a steamer. I use a stainless steel steamer that fits on a pressure cooker and water doesnt touch the steamer and use stainless steel plate to cover it. Oil the steamer and set it aside.
Make about 20 balls of the dough and 20 parts of the stuffing. Start making small puri with the dough ball on a oiled paper/aluminum foil. Keep one part of stuffing in the middle of the puri and gather the puri gently to make shape like modak. You will have to handle the dough very gently. Follow the step to make remaining modaks. Now dip each modak in cold water and put it in the steamer. Put the steamer on boiling water and cover it. Let the modaks steam for 20 minutes on medium to high heat. Take the steamer off the vessel and let it sit for 5 minutes before removing moodak from steamer.
Nugul-untallu (Sesame Laddo0)
Dry roast them in a tawa and let them cool. Once they are cool, take about 2 - 3tbsp of grated or powdered jaggary and run in a mixie. The amount of jaggary normally depends on the formation of laddoo. When you make a laddoo, it should stay in shape. Then you know the amount is enough. Also it depends on the fineness of the sesame powder. When you run in mixie, it becomes little oily which will help in holding the laddo shape.

7 comments:

Parita said...

Modak looks perfect and sesame laddoos look delicious too

Sireesha said...

Modak and sesame ladoos looks delectable...

Nirmala said...

Welcome to ICC Kamala! These look great! I love the shape of the little modaks! Great to see back blogging.

Sireesha said...

An award is waiting for u at my blog :)

Srivalli said...

Welcome back Kamala...missed you for sure!..modaks and ladus look lovely!

Anupama Ravinder said...

Modaks are looking yummy

Nirmala said...

Kamala can you please mail me your contact nos ? I missed my phone and hence lost many of the nos. Hope all is well with you :)