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Kesari Modak: A Sweet Dumplings Recipe

By Sneha

A modak is a sweet dumpling that is very popular all over India. A modak recipe is also one of the essentials in many Hindu religious ceremonies like Ganesh Chaturthi. A modak can be of various flavours. The most popular among them being the plain one, kesari (saffron flavoured), moong dal etc. But here we will make a kesari modak using a very plain and simple modak recipe.

You can make kesari modak in two ways. In one modak recipe we may use a filling of coconuts and in the other we might not. But a sweet coconut filling will make the kesari modak all the more yummy. And you can easily make a modak at home as you need very little ingredients and time for it. And even children would love this sweet dumpling. Here is a simple recipe for making kesari modak.

Serves: 4-6

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes


  • Saffron- 2-3 pinch
  • Maida (All purpose flour)- 3 cups
  • Rava (Chiroti rava)- 3tsp
  • Sugar Syrup- 6-7tbsp
  • Coconut- 1-1 ½ cups (powder)
  • Cardamom- 1-2 tsp (powder)
  • Ghee- 1tbsp
  • Salt- To taste
  • Vegetable Oil- 2-3 cups


  • Take the saffron in a small bowl and add 3-4tbsp of water to it. Cover this with a small plate and let it stay for 10-15 minutes.
  • Now, take the maida (all purpose flour) in a large bowl and add the rava to it. Add the saffron water to it after the required time and knead well for 5 minutes.
  • Now add some water and some salt to it. Again knead the whole mixture well for 8-10 minutes. Keep it aside.
  • Take a deep frying pan over the gas oven and keep it on a low flame. Add the sugar syrup to it.
  • Stir it well for a minute or so and then add the coconut and cardamom powder. Stir for a minute over a low flame and then add the ghee to it. Stir for a minute and then bring it down. Keep aside and let it cool.
  • Its time you take the dough and make small balls out of it. Roll out the dough balls into small round flat shapes.
  • Take the coconut filling after it has cooled down and stuff 1tbsp of each inside the flat round dough shapes. Bring all the ends together with your hands.
  • Place a deep bottomed frying pan over the gas oven and keep on a medium flame. Deep fry all the modaks in them till golden in colour.

Serve them to your guest and family members and see how many appreciations you earn for it.

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