PAAN COCONUT MODAK

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No ritual in India is complete without ‘Paan’ or a betel leaf. Pan has been a part of Indian tradition since ancient times. From an auspicious occasions to a regular after meal mouth freshener, paan plays a versatile role in India being a vital part of Indian meal and has evolved to suit different palates and taste buds. In Hindu culture, paan has a very important . As is said paan is offered as a part of hospitality, and this gesture is followed all over India. Paan has been a part of the Indian meal since ancient times and now has evolved to suit different palates and taste buds. 

Today paan is not only confined to a mouth freshener or an ingredient used for any religious ceremony, but it is seen as an important ritual with greatest sophistication too. Paan is combined with many other ingredients to create various unique sweets and dessert recipes.

HAPPY GANESH CHTURTHI to all the readers of my blog. Ganesh Chaturthi, Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a popular festival celebrated in India. I have beautiful memories celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with my friends and relatives over the year. The busy city life of  Mumbai almost become still as this festival is celebrated in a grand scale and people are engrossed in the celebration. No matter how big or small the celebration is but the feast associated with this festival something to which i look forward eagerly

A vegetarian feast consist of various delicacies, amongst which Modak, which is supposed to be Lord Ganesha’s favorite. It is sweet made with rice flour dough, rolled and stuffed with jaggery and coconut filling and finally steaming. Now-a-days people make plenty different types of Modak. Therefore this year, even i tried something different by combining flavor of paan with coconut in making my modak.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups fresh coconut
  • 1 1/2 sugar
  • 1/4 cup ready dry pan mixture
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder

DIRECTION

  1.  Add the sugar and coconut in a pan and cook over medium heat by stirring continuously until the mixture becomes sticky and the oil of the coconut starts separating. 
  2. Now add the paan mix and cardamom powder and keep stirring for a couple of minutes more.
  3.  Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture onto a large plate. Now apply some ghee or water on your palms,then taking a small portion of the mixture and give the shape of modak . This can be done easily with the help of a modak mould. 

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