Friday, August 29, 2014

Mothagam | Vinayaka Chathurthi Recipe

Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi
Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the god Ganesha,the god of beginnings and wisdom.The festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi.

The main sweet dish during the festival is the modak, a dumpling made from rice flour with a stuffing of fresh grated coconut, jaggery, dry fruits and some other condiments. It is either steam-cooked or fried.I am making this for the first as for Ganesh chathurthi...Here goes the recipe.
  1. Rice flour (Ready made idiyappam flour/ pathiri podi )-1 Cup [I used double horse brand]
  2. Sesame oil / Ellannai  - 2 Tsp
  3. Boiling Water   -  As needed
  4. Salt   -  As needed

For Coconut Pooranam
  1. Coconut  -  2 Cups
  2. Jaggery   -  1 cup 
  3. Elachi/Cardamom - 4

  • For the dough, add sesame oil to the dough. Add salt to boiling water and mix well using a wooden spatula. Make a smooth and soft dough. Keep covered.
  • You can make equal sized balls and keep covered. 
  • For the thenga pooranam, place grated coconut jaggery and elachi powder in a pan, with little of water. Cook on medium flame until, it starts leaving the sides of pan, switch off the flame. Keep it to cool and make poornam balls.

  • Meanwhile, boil water in a steamer.
  • Make small cups out of the dough,  place the poornam inside the dough and shape it as shown in the figure.

  • Repeat and finish the kozhukattais and keep covered until steaming.  
  • Arrange the mothagams on the steaming plate and cook for 20 - 25 minutes. Or until they are cooked. When cooked you will see that the mothagams are a little shiny on the outside.


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