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Ukadiche Modak {Steamed rice dumplings with coconut and jaggery stuffing}
Ukadiche Modak {sweet rice dumplings with coconut filling}
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Steamed dumplings made with rice flour dough, stuffed with sweet coconut, jaggery, nutmeg, cardamom and saffron filling!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Modak
Servings: 13
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 3 tsp ghee
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fine rice flour
  • 3/4 cup jaggery
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut Frozen works well too
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1/4 tsp saffron
  1. To make the stuffing, grate the jaggery or break into small pieces using a pestle. In a heavy bottom pan gently roast the coconut on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add jaggery, saffron, nutmeg powder and cardamom powder and cook on low heat for another 2 minutes. Mix well and keep aside. This stuffing can be made a couple of days in advance and refrigerated until ready to be used.
  2. In a medium pot, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Add 1 tsp ghee and salt. Turn the heat to low and add the rice flour. Mix it well with a spoon. Cook covered for 2-3 mins on low heat.Turn the heat off and pour the dough in a mixing bowl and let it cool.
  3. Knead the rice dough using 1 tsp of ghee and 2-4 tablespoon of warm water for 5 mins until the dough is soft and moist. Make 13 lemon sized balls with the dough and keep aside.
  4. Apply little ghee on the inside of the mold. Close the mold and spread the rice dough inside the mold and start shaping it around gently with your fingers.Some of the dough will also come outside of the mold which will be used to seal the modak. Gently put about 1-2 tsp of stuffing inside the mold. Seal the bottom with the extra dough that is outside of the mold. Gently open the mold and put the modak in a steaming rack. Repeat and make remaining modak.
  5. Heat 1 cup of water in a steamer pot. Once all the modak are ready, put the steaming rack inside the steamer pot (I do 7-8 at a time*) and cook covered for 10 mins on low to medium heat. Turn the heat off, let the modak cool for 5 mins. Gently remove them from the steaming rack onto a platter. Enjoy!

Steaming ukadiche modak in the Instant Pot
  1. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot insert. Place the trivet. Gently place the steamer basket with modak in the Instant Pot. Close Instant Pot lid with pressure valve to sealing.

  2. Cook on Manual / Pressure Cook (Low pressure) for 6 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release. Open the Instant Pot, allow the modak to cool for 5 mins. Take out on a serving platter.

  1. My steamer basket fits 8 modak without sticking to each other. Make sure there is a little room between the modak so they do not stick to each other after cooking.

  2. Apply generous amount of ghee to the mold before making each modak. This will make sure that the modak do not stick to the mold.

  3. Rinse and dry the modak mold half way through to make sure the modak do not stick to the mold.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Ukadiche Modak {sweet rice dumplings with coconut filling}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 12g13%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.