Pillayarpatti Modhakam | Mothagam is a steamed sweet rice dumpling prepared as Prasadam in Vinayakar temples, especially in Pillayarpatti. Pillayarpatti is famous for the rock cut temple and Karpaga Vinayakar is the main deity there.
In Karaikudi, we call these sweetened balls as modhakam but most of the people refer Poorana Kolukattai aka Stuffed sweet dumplings as modhakam. Whatever it may be, Pillayar likes all varieties of kolukattais; so we can prepare both plain & stuffed kolukattais for forth coming Vinayaka Chathurthi festival.
I’ve already posted the recipe for Thengai Poorana Kozhukattai, Spicy Pidi Kolukattai & Karupatti pidi kozhukattai & White Channa Sundal as Ganesh Chathurthi Special recipes.You can check out the recipes Here.
Here we go for the Pillayarpatti Modhakam recipe!
Recipe for Pillayarpatti Modhakam | Karaikudi Mothagam| Vinayaka Chathurthi Recipes:
Cuisine : Indian| South Indian
Preparation time : 1 Hour
Cooking time : 25 Minutes
Serves – 4
Raw rice – 1 cup
Moong dhal – ¼ cup
Jaggery (crushed) – ¾ cup
Coconut gratings – ¼ cup
Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Water – 2 ½ + ½ cups
- Wash raw rice in water and spread on a cotton cloth till the moisture in the rice leaves out completely.
- Grind the raw rice into coarse rava & keep aside.
- Dry fry moong dhal in simmer till you get nice aroma & allow to cool.
- Grind moong dhal also into coarse rava & keep aside.
- Melt the powdered jaggery in ½ cup of water and strain the impurities, if any.
- Add 2 ½ cups of water in a heavy bottomed kadai & bring it to boil.
- Bring the flame to simmer and add both rava by stirring continuously without forming any lumps.
- Close the lid and cook for 10 minutes by stirring now & then.
- When the rava is done, add the melted jaggery and mix everything well.
- When the dough rolls into thick mass, add ghee, coconut gratings & cardamom powder. Mix everything well.
- Switch off & allow to cool.
- Grease your hands with ghee, make lemon sized balls and steam for 10 minutes.
Tasty Modhakam is ready for offering to Lord Ganesh!
- Rice should be ground to rava consistency.
- Water quantity may vary depending on the quality of rice.
- Store bought rice rava can also be used.
- Don’t steam modhakam for more time as it will harden the balls.
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