Ganesh Chaturthi is the perfect time to indulge in some tempting modaks. Synonymous with Lord Ganesh, it is said that he couldn’t resist the sweet dumpling, which is traditionally stuffed with jaggery and coconut. However, for those who like to experiment with their delicacies, you can now try interesting and non-traditional variations of the sweet this festive season.
One of the most popular variations are the chocolatey version. “Brownie modaks are an all-time favourite with the kids and elders too. They’re eggless, have chocolate coating and are stuffed with brownie filling,” says Bandra resident Prakash Shah who also makes Salli Supari modaks. “Salli supari is considered to be auspicious. We thought it was perfect to bring out modaks in these flavours as it is used as shagun during such festivals,” informs Prakash.
Chef Gautam Mehrishi, from a Juhu-based hotel, is busy whipping up Mehak modaks for his guests. The mehak modak is made up of gulkand and paan. But that is not the only hatke modak recipe that Gautam has been creating. “I’m doing away with the dumpling’s exterior in some modaks. For instance, I’m making Khajur modaks, a fruit and dry fruit modak. With these, I have avoided using the white base and moulded the modak directly,” says Gautam. He, too, has chocolate modaks on his list. “I’m preparing modaks in dark, white and all kinds of chocolate,” he concurs.