Offer Vegan Modaks to Ganpati Bappa!

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Make this Ganesh Chaturthi cruelty-free by offering vegan modaks to Ganpati Bappa. Check out this tasty recipe!


The following recipe is adapted from

Vegan Modaks

2 cups grated jaggery

2 1/2 cups grated fresh coconut

1 tsp cardamom powder

2 1/2 cups water

1 tsp oil

Pinch salt

1 1/2 cups rice flour

  • Heat the jaggery and coconut in a thick-bottomed kadai. Stir until the jaggery melts and the mixture becomes a little dry. Avoid overcooking or the mixture will become very sticky and hard.
  • Add the cardamom powder and mix well. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a separate pan, add the water, oil and salt and bring to a boil.
  • Remove one cup of the boiling water and set aside. (This can be used later if the mixture becomes too dry.)
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the rice flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula, adding flour or water as needed to attain a smooth, lump-free, soft dough.
  • Knead the dough with your fingers, adding a little oil, if needed.
  • Roll a small portion of the dough into a smooth ball between your palms. Flatten the ball and place a small portion of the jaggery-coconut mixture at the centre. Bring together all the edges and close the top. Remove any extra dough from the top and shape and taper with your fingers.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining dough.
  • Steam the modaks in a pressure cooker (without the whistle) for 10 to 15 minutes over a low to medium flame.
  • The modaks are ready to be offered to Lord Ganesha!

Makes 4 servings

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!