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Modak is a specialty of the western indian state of Maharashtra. It is part of the konkan maharashtrian cuisine. Modak is a round shaped sweet with the outer crust made of rice flour and the filling inside is made of coconut.

Modak is closely linked to the Maharashtrian Brahmin culture. It is known to be one of the favorite dishes of Lord Ganesha, probably the most popular deity in Maharashtra. Modak is usually prepared as an offering during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. The Modak filling, called the Saran is traditionally made of coconut though gur or sugar may also be used. The Modak is usually steamed but can also be fried.

Preparation of modak requires making the outer cover and then stuffing the filling in it. Ingredients needed for making the filling are 1 cup jaggery or sugar, 2 cups of grated coconut, half cup milk, a pinch of cardamom powder, and a few pistachios.

For the outer covering, the ingredients needed are 1 cup of water, 1 cup rice flour, half tsp salt and one tsp of ghee or clarified butter.

On a medium flame, add the coconut, jaggery and milk and mix it well. Cook for some time till a uniform density is achieved and then add the nuts and cardamom powder. Stir well and keep aside. The filling is ready. Next we need to cook the outer covering.

Put the water to boil and when it starts boiling, mix the ghee and salt. Next add the rice flour and stir well. Cook for some time and make it into a smooth mixture. Remove from and knead it into a dough.

To make the modaks, take a lump of the dough and make a cup like shape. Fill it with the filling and close the head. Give it the shape of garlic. Smear some ghee over it and let the modaks steam cook for fifteen minutes. Modaks are ready to be served.

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