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Steamed modaks with coconut jaggery stuffing is very commonly made during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. This Chocolate modak is one the modak varieties made with mawa/khoya, sugar and cocoa. Rich tasting, delicious with deep flavors of chocolate make these an excellent treat for festive season. Due to use of mawa & cocoa, these chocolate modak taste fabulous.

A modak is a sweet dumpling popular in Maharashtra, India. It is called modak in Marathi and Konkani as well as Gujarati language, Kozhakkattain Malayalam, modhaka or kadubu in Kannada, modhakam or kozhakkattai in Tamil and kudumu in Telugu. Modaks have a special importance in the worship of the Hindu god Ganesha. Modak is believed to be his favorite food, which begets him the moniker modakapriya (the one who likes modak) in Sanskrit. During the Ganesha worship ceremony, known in Maharashtra as Ganesha Chaturthi the puja always concludes with an offering of twenty-one modaks to the deity and as prasadam. Modaks made with rice flour shell are preferred for this purpose, however, wheat shell version is also used. Innovative recipes for modaks have also been created. These include banana nachni modak, motichoor modak and chocolate modak. The sweet filling inside a modak is made up of fresh grated coconut and jaggery, while the soft shell is made from rice flour, or wheat flour mixed with maida flour. The dumpling can be fried or steamed. The steamed version, called ukdiche modak, is eaten hot with ghee.

Chocolate being the most famous and favorite delicacies of every age group needs no introduction but let’s not just skip over it. Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and a vast number of foodstuffs involving chocolate have been created, particularly desserts including cakes, pudding, mousse, chocolate-brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain Western holidays, such as Easter and Valentine's Day. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages such as chocolate milk and hot chocolate.

Khoa or khoya is a dairy product widely used in South Asian cuisine of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. It is made of either dried whole milk or milk thickened by heating in an open iron pan. It is lower in moisture than typical fresh cheeses such as ricotta. A concentration of milk to one-fifth volume is normal in the production of khoa. Khoa is used as the base for a wide variety of Indian sweets. About 600,000 metric tons are produced annually in India. Khoa is made from both cow and water buffalo milk. Khoa is normally white or pale yellow. If prepared in the winter, it may be saved for use in the summer. It is used to make lots og savory dishes such as Gulab jamun, Khoya matar paneerKhoya chicken, Gujiya and may more..

Preparation Tips:

  • Greasing the modak mould will ease our process of unmoulding modaks.

Health Tips: 

  • There is considerable evidence that cocoa can provide powerful health benefits, being especially protective against cardiovascular disease. But of course, this doesn’t mean people should go all out and consume lots of chocolate every day. It is still loaded with calories and easy to overeat on. Maybe have a square or two after dinner and try to really savor them.
  • The food value of khoya is quite high as it contains fairy large quantities of proteins, fat, lactose, minerals especially like calcium.
  • khoya is also a good source of vitamins D and K which together with calcium is good for bone health.
  • khoya also contains riboflavin, vitamin B12 both of which are necessary for cardiovascular health and energy. It is also a good source of vitamin A. Research has shown that increased consumption of dairy products both by children and adults results in increased bone density later in life and a reduced risk of osteoporosis.

Modak, is nutritionally balanced, rich in several nutrients & minerals & gives you a boost of energy & vitality. Food that is pure, full of prana & prepared with so much love, meditation & good healing vibrations gives you much more than just the feeling of satisfaction to your taste buds. It nourishes your body, mind, senses & soul while increasing positive thinking, creativity, longevity. Modaks are naturally gluten, lactose free, cost effective, healthy, unprocessed and a local preparation. Hence muffins, cookies, biscuits should be substituted for with the “goodness of modaks”

Make your festive day chocolaty. These chocolate modaks will be the most fabulous festive gift for the kid in you and your loved ones.

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