Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Modhakam - Spicy

#Modhakam Spicy : Generally  I used to prepare sweet modhakam only on Vinayakar chathurthi day. After a long time tried spicy modhakam with black gram pooranam as stuffing.
We need to plan well in advance to prepare modhakam as black gram lentil has to be soaked in water at least for an hour. After one hour drain the water completely and then grind into a coarse paste along with green chilly, ginger and salt. The lentil paste is steam cooked for ten minutes. The steam cooked black gram lentil paste is crumbled and stir fried with condiments to prepare the stuffing.
In the mean time the dough for outer covering has to be prepared from rice flour.
The stuffing has to be kept inside the rice flour dough and then steam cooked for 3 to 5 minutes.

Approximately 10 to 12 modakams can be prepared

Modhakam - spicy

Ingredients :
For stuffing :
1/2 cupBlack gram lentil
1Green chilly [ adjust ]
1/2 inch longGinger
1/2 TspSalt [ adjust ]
2 TspGingelly oil
1/2 TspMustard seed
1/4 TspAsafoetida
10 - 12Curry leaves
For outer layer :
1/2 cupRice flour
1/2 cupWater
1 TspGingelly oil
1/4 TspSalt

Oil to grease hands for making modhakam shapes.

Method : 
Wash black gram lentil and soak in water for one hour.
After one hour drain the water completely and put into a blender.
Add green chilly, ginger piece and salt.
Grind coarsely and transfer into a bowl.

Heat idli maker or pressure cooker with two cups of water on a stove over high flame.
Grease the pits of the idli plates with oil and place lentil paste in the pits.
Close and steam cook for 10 minutes or until the lentil paste gets cooked.
If the lentil paste is steam cooked in a pressure cooker do not put weight over nozzle of the lid.

Transfer the steam cooked lentil into a bowl and crumble with hand.
Heat a kadai with 2 Tsp of oil on a stove over medium flame.
Crackle mustard seeds and then add asafoetida powder & torn curry leaves.
Now transfer crumbled lentil into the kadai.
Adjust salt and stir well.
Keep stirring for five minutes and turn off the stove.
Transfer into a bowl and allow to cool down.

Heat water on a medium flame.
Take rice flour in a wide mouthed vessel and add salt & oil.
Mix well.
When small small bubbles appear on the bottom of the vessel add little by little hot water to the flour and mix well with a spatula.
Wait till the dough can be handled with hand. Knead into a tight dough.

Grease the idli plate and set aside.
Make cups out of the rice flour dough or flatten the dough.
Keep stuffing inside and close & make shapes creatively.

Make modhakam like this and arrange over the greased idli plate.

Heat idli maker with water over high flame.
Keep the idli plate with modhakams once the water starts boiling.
Steam cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer into a serving plate or serving bowl.
Tasty spicy modhakam is ready!! enjoy with Lord Vinayakas' blessings.
Modhakam - spicy Modhakam - spicy

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