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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Panchkhadya Modak Recipe


Panchkhadya Modak is a delicious sweet treat made as Naivedhyam (offering) to Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. As the name suggests, "Panch" means five and "khadya" means food in Marathi, this recipe calls for use of just 5 ingredients all of which are considered as Bappa's (Lord Ganesha's) favourite food. All the 5 ingredients used here start with the Marathi Alphabet 'KH' - Khava ( Khoya or milk solids), Khobra ( Coconut), Kharik (Dry Dates), Khus Khus (Poppy Seeds) and Khadi Sakhar ( Rock Sugar).


Panchkhadya can be served as it is or can be shaped into ladoos or modak for easy handling and serving . It can also be used as a stuffing for Talniche Modak / Fried Modak , Ukadiche Modak / Steamed Modak or Karanji / Gujiya. Panchkhadya Modak is very delicious and a bit chewy and crumbly in texture .They make up a filling and nutritious snack and can be stored for 2-3 days at room temperature. The recipe is very simple and easy to follow. Best part is that the recipe does not use refined sugar. If you do not have a modak mould, you make shape the panch khadya as ladoos.


I have used Homemade khoya here to make the modak. It is always safe to make milk based sweets at home from scratch as there are more chances of adulteration during festive season due to increase in demand.Click here for the recipe to make homemade khoya.  Kharik pud or dry dates powder is easily available in Indian Grocery shops in Maharashtra. You may also get it online from shop.mylittlemoppet.com . ( You can check this link for many other organic food products especially the baby products which are preservative free and suggested by a doctor mommy) Note that this is not an affiliate post and i am sharing this as  i found it useful and reliable. For those who wish to prepare the kharik pud at home, you need to de-seed the dry dates, chop them and dry it for 3-4 days in sunlight and then powder it .


Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 7-8 minutes
Serves: 21 modak

Ingredients: Measurements used 1 cup = 200 ml
  • 1 cup khava / khoya ( milk solids), crumbled or grated . Click here for the recipe.
  • 3/4 cup kharik pud / dry dates powder
  • 1/2 cup khobra / desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup khadi sakhar / mishri / rock sugar
  • 1 tablespoon khus khus / poppy seeds

Method:
  1. Powder the rock sugar using a grinder.

2. In a non stick pan, take khoya, powdered rock sugar and dry dates powder. Heat it on a low to medium flame while continuously stirring. The sugar will melt and the khoya will start releasing fat. Keep stirring and cooking for 3-4 minutes.



3. Now add the desiccated coconut and poppy seeds and mix well. Cook the mixture for another 2-3 minutes while stirring continuously. Our Panchkhadya is ready. Remove it on a plate and allow it to cool down a bit .




4. Now take small portion of the panchkhadya and make a gooseberry shape rough ball. Place it in the modak mould. Close the mould and apply slight pressure. Try to push the panchkhadya to all edges by inserting your thumb from the bottom opening of the mould. Add more if there is space. Now apply pressure one last time, so that impressions are formed well. Open the mould and a beautiful panchkhadya modak is ready.




5. Make all the modak similarly. I could make exact 21 modak from the mix. Offer the modak to Lord Ganesha first as Naivedhyam and then distribute it as prasad (blessed food) to family and friends.



Recipe Notes:
  • No ghee is required to make this recipe as the khoya releases enough fat. 
  • Do not cook khoya mix for a long time, as it will become very hard and you won't be able to shape them.
  • In case the panchkhadya mixture is dry and you find difficulty in shaping it, just sprinkle few drops of milk and mix well and use the mix now to shape the modak. If you are adding milk , note that the modak have to be consumed the same day or maximum by next day.
  • As we are not adding refined sugar , the khoya mix will not turn into liquid consistency . So do not wait for that stage. Add desiccated coconut and poppy seeds after about 3 minutes of cooking of khoya with dates powder and powdered rock sugar. 
  • Panchkhadya can be served as it is or can be shaped into ladoos or modak for easy handling and serving . It can also be used as a stuffing for Talniche Modak / Fried Modak , Ukadiche Modak / Steamed Modak or Karanji / Gujiya.

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34 comments :

  1. Nice modak recipe.. Just in time for Ganpati festival.. I will make it.

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  2. Poonam I am in love with your traditional recipes , this variety of Modak sounds yummy, will try this for sure.

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    1. Thank you so much Soma..do give it a try and share your feedback with us

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  3. Such an easy and interesting modak, quite a fabulous Panchkhadya modak to give a try without any hesitation. Ultimate Poonam.

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  4. Super easy modak recipe. Looks super delicious. You have so many varieties. We usually make steamed Modak. I guess this time, I will try Panchkhadya ��

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  5. That's a very calorific loaded modak but the list of ingredients make it sound like worth all the bite... beautiful clicks, love that plate on which the modaks are kept...

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  6. Such a calorie loaded modak must be very delicious!!!Yummy I love your modak mould.

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  7. Such a simple and healthy modak recipe. I would love to make this at home this ganesh chaturthi

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    1. Do give it a try Nandita. I am sure you would love it

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  8. Your selection of modaks is awesome, I don't even have one on the blog, but hopefully that will change after a few days. I love how you write a bit about the Maharashtrian culture, so much to learn about other cultures.

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  9. Modak looking mouthwatering Poonam. I love the way you have documented step by step. First time I saw modak mold. This year I am planning to buy and make once.

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    1. Thank you Bhavna. This mould is 15 year old. My mom's gifted it on my first Ganesh Chaturthi after marriage

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  10. Looks really yummy. Love the shape and texture of the modak. Love the festive season and recipes.

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  11. It will be never enough saying how much I adore your festival recipes. This one is just topped my list.

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    1. Thank you so much Seema for your kind words

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  12. Lovely modak recipe for the upcoming Ganpati Festival. Looks really yummy with beautiful shape and texture.. loved your clicks too😊

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  13. Awesome Modak recipe! Love the ingredients used in this. Will try it for sure.

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    1. Do not forget to share your feedback with us. Happy cooking !

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  14. I bet Ganpatiji will be super happy with these divine looking Modak, such a yummy and easy recipe to follow.

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  15. Not only the little sweet bites look amazing but I think I'm in love with your presentation and beautiful props too. Very festive!

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  16. love these traditional recipes always. This panchakhadya modaks are looking so delicious dear :)

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  17. These panchkhadya modak look so inviting with all those tasteful ingredients. I have not made modak so far. Looking at the list of modaks, you have made, your space can be a guideline for me. Bookmarking your modak recipes :)

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    1. Thank you so much Ritu for your kind words. If you try any of my modak recipes, do share your feedback with ys

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