Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dry Fruit Modak Recipe | Kharjur Modak | Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

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dry fruit modak
As Ganapati festival is nearing, I am sure many of you might have started preparations for the festival. Steamed Modak called Ukadiche Modak and Fried Modak are mostly prepared for Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Maharasthra. You would see various flavored Pedas like simple doodh peda modak, dry fruits modak, chcolate modak, mango modal, kesar modak etc shaped in the form of Modaks in most of the sweet shops during Ganesh Chaturthi.
dry fruit modak
I have posted a Paneer Modak Peda recipe last year and this year I thought of posting something simple and hence chose Dry fruit Modak recipe. I have posted a version of Dry fruits- Oats Ladoo recipe earlier and I have prepared this dry fruit modak in a similar way with few modifications. The modak mold gives a nice shape to it which makes it look even more appetizing. This recipe is definitely a boon to those calorie watchers and also for those who are looking for quick sweet recipes for Ganesh chaturthi. More over you can prepare this much ahead so that you need not worry on the festival day.
dry fruit modak
If you want to make it on normal days, prepare it in the form of ladoos instead of modak and can be packed in your kids snack box. It is a really healthy recipe with no sugar and almost no fat. As my mixture was a little chunky you cannot see the design exactly like how the regular modak would be, but modak mold works very nicely for simple plain peda with a lovely pattern on them. Try this simple Dry fruit modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi and enjoy!!
 kharjur modak
I had a tough time capturing these photos as the brown food is very difficult to capture, I am not very happy with the photos. But it did not stop me to share this easy and delicious Modak recipe.Try this simple Dry fruit modak recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi and enjoy!!
dates mdoak
Check out other important recipes for Vinayaka Chavithi:
For a complete list of Various options for Ganesh Chaturthi menu, check out here.

dry fruit modak

Easy Dry fruit Modak Recipe:

Yields 15 modaks roughly
Prep time: 40 mins | Cooking time: 15 mins | Total time: 45 mins
Cuisine: Indian | Category: Sweets/Festival Sweets
1.5 cups of Seedless Dates
1/4 cup Almonds
1/4 cup Cashew nuts
1/4 cup Walnuts
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Dry coconut pieces
2 tbsp Poppy Seeds (Khus Khus)
1 tsp Ghee

  • Chop all the nuts - cashew nuts, almonds and walnuts finely. Also chop the seedless dates and dry coconut pieces to fine pieces.
  • Dry roast the chopped nuts one by one separately for 1-2 mins taking care that they would not get burnt, remove them and keep aside in a plate.
  • Dry roast coconut pieces until they turn slight brown in color and remove them aside too. In the same pan add poppy seeds and roast them slightly until they start popping, remove and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in the same pan and add chopped dates and raisins and fry continuously until it comes together and becomes like a thick mass.This takes 4-5 mins roughly. Do not leave it unattended as the raisins might get burnt. Switch off and let it cool slightly.
  • Grind the roasted nuts with dry coconut pieces and poppy seeds to a coarse powder in pulse mode. I like the bite of dry fruits, so I do not powder them completely and hence keep them very course. It is your wish to grind them how you want.Remove the mixture aside into a plate.
  • Now add the date-raisin mixture and pulse it in the mixer to get a coarse mixture. Again it is you wish here to grind it smoothly or keep it coarse like I did.
  • Take out the mixture into the same pan and add coarsely ground nuts and mix nicely and bring it back on the flame and stir continuously for 2-3 mins until the mixture becomes slightly sticky and hold the dry fruit mixture nicely.
  • Remove the mixture into a plate and let it cool slightly until you can handle with bare hands.
  • Press the mixture slightly hard to form a sticky mass.
  • Make gooseberry sized balls out of it and place them in a modak press(as shown in pic) and press it tightly by levelling the down and pressing it firmly to get modak shaped ladoos. If you do not have modak press you can make into ladoos.
  • Prepare all the modaks(ladoos) and store them in an air tight container.
Serve it as it is as a snack/dessert.
mixed dry fruit modak


  • You can add nuts like pistachios or any other nuts of your choice.
  • Anjeer(figs) can also be added along with dates, in that case reduce the dates to 1 cup and add 1/2 cup of figs and follow the same process.
  • If you like cardamom flavor add 1/4 tsp of Cardamom powder to the mixture when you are mixing it.
  • There are no hard rules for this recipe, you can make it a per your wish. You can grind the mixture smooth to get smooth modak(ladoo) or keep it coarse to enjoy the dry fruit bites.
  • You can even alter the nuts and dry fruit quantities according to your wish, the mixture should hold its shape when we try to make ladoos.
  • You can store them up to a couple of weeks.
dry fruit modak
dry fruit modak


Hasna said...

fantastic and nutty one!! my kids wud luv it... u r right.. healthy and perfect for kids' snack box

Akila said...

So yummy n attractive modagams...

Aps Kitchen said...

I have made this many a times but in shape of laddoo... a little bit of variation...will post it soon! These look cute and yum!

great-secret-of-life said...

super healthy and tasty modak

Divya Shivaraman said...

super rich prathy...love this modak...one a day for all gud

Unknown said...

Hi Prathy... love the presentation of this post. The Modaks look so tempting. Ganpati Bappa will surely have fun this year at yur abode :)

Aruna Manikandan said...

healthy and delicious modak :)

Myvegfare said...

Lovely Modak , new to me.., i would love to gorge on these, I love dry fruits, should give this a try

Indian Khana said...

It's one of my fav too I do sightly different way ..looks so yum and lovely pics

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Very recently i learnt this recipe from a friend after tasting at her place. Will be posting soon
Lovely idea of making modaks, they look cute

Janani said...

Wow love that modak and that prop looks so good lovely plate

Priya Suresh said...

Healthy modaks..incredibly delicious.

Unknown said...

Nice, I add some honey to give the binding. Curious to know where I can buy the modak press ?

chef and her kitchen said...

@Nikhila...You get it in any steel shops..I bought mine in Mumbai

Unknown said...

Thank you for yet another excellent recipe! I made this a couple days back for Deepavali and it was a super hit. BTW, very good pics! Sushma

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