Fried Modakams for Homam | Gayathiri's Cookbook

Fried Modakam for Homam:

Fried Modakam is an important neivedhyam or offering prepared for Ganapathy Homam. These are also prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
These fried modakams can be prepared(in Madi) the day before Homam and kept aside as it stays fresh for 2-3 days at room temperature.

(Madi is to be in pristine state possible. Even while it actually refers to the pristine state of mind or conscious, a pristine body is as important. The intention is to stay clean both in mind and body when performing a deed. When you get into madi, people tell you not to touch anything or anyone. It actually means to try and deviate your mind and body from the materialistic presence. By being pristine, one could achieve peace & calm, and concentrate on the deed performed, in a better way.)

Ghee- 1 teaspoon
Shredded Coconut- 1.5 cups
Jaggery-1 cup
Cardamom powder-1 teaspoon
All purpose flour- 1 cup
Wheat flour- 1/2 cup
Salt- A pinch

1. For the filling- take shredded coconut, jaggery and, cardamom powder in a pan. Sauté these in ghee over medium heat.
2. Cook until everything is well combined and doesn’t stick to the pan. Keep it aside.
3. For the outer layer- take all purpose flour, wheat flour, and salt in a bowl.
4. Add water little at a time to prepare a smooth and soft dough. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.
5. Make small round balls out of coconut mixture.
6. Take a portion of the dough, and dust it with the flour. Roll it into a big circle.
7. Cut into small circles using a cup or lid.
8. Take one small circle. Keep the coconut mixture inside and seal it.
9. Prepare all modakams this way.
10. Heat oil over medium flame. Fry modakams until golden and crispy.

Modakams are ready!!
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