Chocolate Modak Recipe
Ganpati Bappa Moriya
Ganesha is the most loved God
On account of a cooking competition, Ganesha has come visiting a month early to my home. Actually, He couldn’t resist the Chocolate Modak Recipe I made today. And I am blessed to be offering Him this innovative Chocolate Modak. Ganesha is one of the most popular of Gods, in India and the innovative sculptures every year are amazing. Our Gods are not only Earthly they are also contemporary; you can see Ganesh idols holding a mobile phone or riding a bike. I decided to make a modern Modak for this modern and much loved Ganesha. Therefore, I made these No-Cook Chocolate Modak.
Legend of the Modak
We all know the legend of the Modak but let me relate it again; The legend goes that, in the first place, Goddess Parvati presented a divine Modak to Lord Shiva Ganesha. He is also called ‘Modapriya’ or the lover of Modaks. The dumplings stuffed with jaggery and sweet coconut are a delicacy. A visitor at Mount Kailash gifted a Modak to Parvati who in turn gave it to her sons and asked them to divide it amongst themselves. Both did not want to do that. Parvati then gave them a test. The test to circle the world thrice and the fastest would claim the delicious sweet. Kartik set off to circle the world, but clever Ganesha circled his parents thrice. This showed that they meant the world to him. Overwhelmed by his gesture, Parvati gave him the Modak. Since then the Modak has been associated with Ganesha.
Variety of Modaks
A variety of modaks, steamed and fried are offered to Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi and I decided to offer chocolaty ones. Ganesha is a real foodie and loves His food. “Chocolate Modak” is delicious. It is instant and looks marvellous. Chocolate Modak is a very interesting, easy and no cook recipe which kids and adults will relish.
We all love chocolate and if you want to try other chocolate recipes of mine, try these Double Chocolate Muffins, Whole Wheat Pudding, or this yummy Oreo-Rosogulls pudding. Finally, let me share that this recipe of mine was adjudged the winner @cookpad.in. Do try these Modaks for Ganesh Chathurthi and spread the joy of this lovable Elephant God.
Ingredients to make 10 Modaks
½ packet Marie biscuits.
1 packet Oreo chocolate biscuits.
4 tbsp Condensed Milk
1/4 cup butter melted
1/4 cup milk
1 cup fresh cream
1/4th cup chocolate
4 tbsp of Nutella
6 almond peeled and slivered.
Crush the Marie biscuits into powder in the blender. Keep aside
Take the Oreo biscuits and with a knife gently lift the cream layer from the centre. Crumble the biscuits with hand or in a blender. I blended both.
With a spoon pour 2 tbsps. butter, milk and condensed milk on the Marie and Oreo powders. Mix nicely until crumbly. Now slowly add a little milk to bind each into a smooth dough.
Meanwhile on a double boiler, heat the cream and blend in the chocolate and Nutella to form a satiny smooth Ganache.
How to Mould
Take the Modak mould and press a ball of the dough, neatly into the sides of the mould. Make a depression in the centre. Fill a piping bag with the chocolate Ganache and pipe it into the mould. Add 2 slivers of almonds and seal it with more dough.
Gently open the mould to reveal the perfect Chocolava Modak with the lava oozing out. The Modaks when opened reveal a chocolaty interior which oozes out and is creamy to taste. Chocolate to many tastes heavenly and I always say I have a chocolate tooth.
If you want to make avant-garde and exotic modaks, try with blueberries, mascarpone cheese, peanut butter, other fruits, caramel or any ingredients that can be moulded.
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