chocolate modak

Chocolate Modak

By Swasthi on September 1, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Chocolate Modak made with just 4 ingredients – mawa, sugar, cocoa and very little ghee for greasing. These chocolate modak are a super delicious treat for kids and grownups alike. They taste like the real milk chocolate because they are made with milk solids, known as mawa. Steamed modak with coconut jaggery stuffing, are the traditional dumplings made during the Hindu festival, Ganesh Chaturthi. These chocolate modak are a variation of the traditional version but made in a completely different way.

chocolate modak

Chocolate Modak

Rich tasting, delicious with deep flavors of chocolate make these chocolate modak an excellent treat for the festive season. They can be made in numerous ways. The idea is to make the dumplings chocolate flavored by either using cocoa, cacao or chocolate.

Over the years I have tried making these chocolate modak in different ways with biscuit crumbs, milk powder, flour, chocolate etc. But my kids love this one with mawa and cocoa powder for the rich and intense deep chocolate flavor.

Mawa also known as khoya, koa is milk solids which is got after cooking down the milk until all of the liquid is reduced to solids. This is used in various kinds of sweet preparations like Gulab jamun, ladoos and burfi.

It can be made at home but is labor intensive so most of us use the store bought mawa which is available in Indian stores. I have used the store bought mawa for this recipe.

Making these chocolate modak is very easy and can be made even by beginners. You just need to melt the mawa and cook it with sugar. Then mix in the cocoa powder and cool it. Then shape small portions of the mixture to modaks using a mold.

If you do not have a mould then simply roll to chocolate balls or you may shape it to modak with your hands. Use a small to medium sized mould to make these. I used a very big mould, so got very big ones.

I haven’t stuffed anything in the modak, but you may stuff chopped nuts if you prefer.

More recipes for the festive season – Vinayaka Chavithi Recipes and Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

You may like to check these modak recipes
Steamed modak
Rava modak
Sesame modak
Fried modak
Dry fruits modak

How to Make Chocolate Modak (Stepwise Photos)


1. I have used about 3 ½ cups grated mawa and this weighs about 320 grams. If you want to make a small batch you may halve the recipe. Grate or crumble mawa. Use mawa that has come to room temperature. Do not heat up mawa that is very cold from the freezer, this sometimes may impart a bitter taste.

grate khoya for chocolate modak recipe

2. Add 1 cup sugar. If you have brown sugar, use it. It enhances the flavor of chocolate / cocoa. I used 2 tbsps more as we love these on the sweeter side. If you use white sugar the color of your modak may not be the same as mine. So add more cocoa powder later.

add sugar to make chocolate modak

3. Mix together and begin to melt on a low heat.


4. Keep stirring consistently. If you have used white sugar the color of your mixture will be white.

Keep stirring consistently

5. When the mawa and sugar begins to melt, the entire mixture turns gooey. Add 1 tsp ghee at this moment. This is to prevent the mixture from sticking up to the pan.

add ghee

6. Continue stirring and cooking.


7. The mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan. At this stage you can also check by taking little mixture and roiling to a ball. It will be very hot be careful. Then add 2 ½ tablespoons cocoa in 2 batches. Stir well to prevent lumps. If you have used white sugar you may need to add more cocoa to get the deep color as mine.

add cocoa to make chocolate modak recipe

8. Switch off the stove.

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Shape Chocolate Modak

9. Cool it a bit. This takes some time to cool down.

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10. When the mixture is warm to slightly hot, grease your palm and knead it well for about 2 minutes. This helps to make the mixture smooth and glossy.

knead mawa to make chocolate modak recipe

11. Grease the mould and stuff in small portions of this mixture. You can also stuff some nuts or chocolate chips in the center.

stuff mixture for chocolate modak recipe

12. Remove from mould.

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Arrange chocolate modak in a serving tray. These keep good at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.

chocolate modak recipe

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chocolate modak

Chocolate Modak

Chocolate modak made with mawa, sugar and cocoa. These are easy to make and taste super delicious like a real milk chocolate.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 3 ½ cups mawa grated, about 320 grams
  • 1 cup sugar (+ 2tbsp sugar optional)(brown sugar tastes best)
  • tablespoons cocoa powder (use good quality, more if using white sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or any fats for greasing


  • Grate mawa. Grease your pan and begin to heat mawa and sugar on a low to medium flame. Both begin to melt and the mixture turns gooey.
  • Keep stirring and continue to cook until the mixture thickens. This may take about 5 to 8 mins depending on the thickness of your pan and the intensity of the flame.
  • Add 1 tsp ghee and stir well. You will begin to see the mixture leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Add cocoa powder and stir very well until both are combined.
  • Switch off the heat and transfer to a plate. Cool this completely before we mould to chocolate modak.

How to Make Chocolate Modak

  • When the mixture is warm begin to knead it until it turns glossy and uniform. This take just about 2 mins or even lesser. The mixture at this stage should not be sticky and must hold shape well.
  • Grease the mold with ghee and stuff a generous amount of the mixture to the mould. Press it very well and open the mould.
  • Remove the chocolate modak and place it on a plate.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Modak
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 190mg8%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 319IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 480mg48%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Chocolate modak recipe first published in September 2016. Updated and republished in September 2021.

Chocolate Modak

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5 stars
Wonderful recipe, thank you! Could you please advise me how I might make modak that is white on the outside with a tender chocolate filling inside?
Thank you again so much for sharing your knowledge!!

5 stars
Nice recipe… Can you stuff it with peanut butter? And what else can you use to mold? Would a silicone mat work?

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Awesome thanks senju parthean supera vandhadu explanation super thank you mam

Hi can you pls tell me sugar in grams?.

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4 stars looks really yummy. For ow many days we can store it in normal room temperature? I am going to try this..plz reply asap