Dry Fruits Modak is a Modak variety made with various dry fruits like dates, figs, apricots, cashews, almonds and pistachios. These instant dry fruit modaks are quick and easier to make as there is no cooking involved. All you do is just dry roast the nuts and fruits, grind them to make the mixture ready. You grease the modak moulds and then stuff them with the prepared mixture. Tada! Under 20 minutes these healthy modaks are ready.
Making traditional Steamed Modaks take some time as you need to prepare the outer covering and the filling both separately. Shape them and steam. These dry fruit modaks are an easy alternate to the traditional modaks especially if you do not have time.
During Ganesh Chaturthi we all make many kinds of modaks. These dry fruit modaks can be made the same way as I have shown or can also be made as stuffed modaks. You always have the option to stuff this in the same rice flour dough we make for the traditional Modak.
But a mixture made with mawa or Semolina will also be great if you want to try out something different. If you want to make these with a rava covering, check out this Rava Modak.
To make these dry fruit modaks, you can use any nuts and dried fruits of choice. I have used the basic stuff like figs, dates, apricots, cashews and almonds. You can also use pistachios, roasted and skinned peanuts, roasted sesame seeds, dried coconut (copra). Feel free to use what you have in hand.
How to Make Dry Fruits Modak (Stepwise photos)
1. Chop the nuts and dry roast them until they turn lightly golden. You can skip chopping, if you have a powerful blender. I used walnuts, almonds and cashews. You can use what ever you have including peanuts or pistachios.
2. Cool them and powder in a blender.
3. Fine or coarse powder is your choice.
4. Add all the chopped dry fruits. I used raisins, dates, apricots, figs. You can also use only dates.
5. Blend until nuts and fruits blend well.
6. Grease the mould and take a generous portion of this mixture and stuff inside it. Press from beneath on all the sides to give a good shape. Open the mould and remove the modak gently. To shape them without a mould, divide the dough to 8 to 10 balls and roll them smooth. Shape them gently.
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- ¾ cup nuts chopped (almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, pista)
1 ½ cups chopped dry fruits (refer notes)
- 8 dates large
- 5 apricots
- 10 raisins large
- 4 to 6 figs
How to Make Dry Fruits Modak
- Dry roast the nuts until slightly golden on a medium heat.
- Cool them and blend to a fine or coarse powder.
- Add dry fruits to the same jar and blend until both combined.
- Grease the mould and stuff a generous amount of mixture inside, Press it evenly on all the sides. Remove from the mold.
- Offer dry fruits modak to Lord ganesha for chaturthi pooja.
You can use only dates if you do not have all the dry fruits.
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)
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