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Ragi Modak Recipe | Ragi Kozhukattai or Modakam

By Swasthi on August 4, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Ragi Modak Recipe – Healthy, delicious sweet Ragi Modak or Kozhukattai recipe. If you are on a health spree, this is a must try recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi. This is one of the delicious Ragi Recipes I have tried in the recent days. This makes a very good evening snack for toddlers, kids and everyone.

ragi modak recipe

In this ragi modak recipe, for the outer covering I have used ragi flour, milk and very little jaggery. However you can just cook the flour in water and make a dough like we make for any kozhukattai, but the method I followed below yielded me very tasty ragi modak.

I followed the ragi halwa recipe for the covering. For the stuffing I used coconut, jaggery and sesame seeds, but can also be made with chana dal purnam. This is not a low fat or low calorie recipe due to a generous amount of ghee, but tastes for sure very delicious.

I made this sometime ago for the Sankashti Chaturthi puja offering. We all loved it very much so thought of sharing it here.

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ragi modak recipe

Ragi Modak Recipe | Ragi Kozhukattai or Modakam Recipe

Ragi Modak or Ragi Kozhukattai is a sweet stuffed dumpling made using coconut and jaggery.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

For the covering

  • 1 cup ragi flour / nachni
  • 2 to 4 tbsp jaggery grated
  • 2 to 4 tbsp water for jaggery
  • 1 cup milk (can replace with water)
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • ¼ tsp green cardamom powder / elaichi
  • 3 tbsps ghee

For the stuffing

  • 1 cup coconut (desicatted or fresh)
  • 1 to 2 tbsps sesame seeds roasted
  • ½ cup jaggery tightly packed
  • cardamom powder / elaichi, little


  • Heat jaggery with 2 to 4 tbsp water in a pan and set aside. Stir well until it dissolves. Keep this aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a pan.
  • Add ragi flour to the pan. Mix well and roast on a low heat for about 3 to 4 minutes stirring continuously.
  • There should be no lumps in the flour. It must be coated well with ghee.
  • Switch off the stove, Pour milk & water to the flour. Stir continuously to prevent lumps. This takes some time. Add elaichi powder. On a low flame begin to cook until the water is almost absorbed.
  • The flour turns sticky, add 1 tbsp of ghee. Stir well.
  • Cook until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. It should become a mass.
  • Keep the flame low and filter the jaggery syrup. Stir well until the jaggery blends well. Cook until it leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Cover and switch off the stove. Allow it to cook further in the pan for atleast 10 minutes for complete cooking. Cool this completely. Knead the mixture to a smooth dough when it is still warm.


  • Melt jaggery in water and filter it to a pan. Add coconut to it along with cardamom powder. Begin to cook until the mixture turns thick and forms a solid. Add sesame seeds. I used crushed sesame seeds. This adds aroma to the mixture. Do not over cook. Cool this and make 9 balls of this mixture.

Making ragi modak

  • Grease the mould generously with ghee. Stuff a small portion of the ragi dough and spread it well.
  • Make a hole in the center. Stuff the coconut inside and seal it. Finish making all the modak.
  • Steam them in a idli steamer just for 5 mins. You can also skip steaming since the ragi flour is completely cooked and is light.
  • Serve hot or cold ragi modak or kozhukattai.

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
Ragi Modak Recipe | Ragi Kozhukattai or Modakam Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 228mg7%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Very nice information thanks 🙏🏻❤️

Can you share the photos of ragi modak step by step cooking