Festivals are typically a time for indulgences, both sweet and spicy! On Ganesh Chaturthi, which falls this year on September 10, people traditionally offer modak – a sweet dumpling – to Lord Ganesha as it is considered one of his favourite desserts. But who says sweets cannot be healthy?
A typical modak has a sweet filling made of freshly grated coconut and jaggery, with an outer soft shell made of rice flour or wheat flour mixed with maida. A modak may be steamed or fried, but these days, sweet shops are also full with a mava variety, which is made out of khoya. They are simply shaped like dumplings and are available in a variety of options.
Chef Amit Jham, Co-Founder of ACTIVeat, has shared this interesting recipe of a healthy version of modak that you can easily prepare at home and gorge on without worrying about weight woes. The diabetic-friendly recipe includes the sweetness of dates, and the crunchiness of khus-khus.
What are we waiting for then? Let’s jump to the recipe!
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With no added sugar, and naturally sweetened, this modak is sweet enough for diabetics, and packed with healthy fats.