Mothagam or Modhak is a traditional recipe which is often prepared in Ganesha Temples for Vinayagar Chathurthi or some special occasion. It is also prepared in Tamil Homes and offered to Lord Ganesha. In Karpaga Vinayagar Temple Pillayarpati Giant size Mothagam is specially made in temple for Vinayagar Chathurthi and distributed as Prasadam to devotees.
Mothagam is normally prepared in two methods, the first method being sweet inner covered with batter and steam cooked and the second method is a mixture of sweet and flour together made into shapes and steam cooked. My mother used to make in the first method whereas my mother-in-law used to make it the second method.
Here I give a simple method which you can make in a few miutes with a few ingredients.
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- Rice flour – 1cup
- Water – 1 1/4 cup
- Salt – pinch
- Gingelly oil – 2 tablespoon
- For Pooranam:
- Coconut – 1 cup
- Jaggery – 1/2 cup
- Ghee – 2 tsp
- Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
Rice flour: Soak the raw rice half an hour and dry in the shade. After drying grind it in a mixie and sieve it. Dry the flour in the shade. After drying dry roast the flour in a pan. Allow it to cool. Rice flour for mothagam is ready.
Boil the water till it bubbles vigorously. Then add this water to the rice flour and turn it well. Allow it to cool. Then add pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon oil and knead well to make a smooth dough.
Grate the coconut finely. Add coconut,jaggery, ghee and cardamom powder in a pan. Stir well till it becomes thick. Allow it to cool and make small balls out of it.
Grease the kozhukattai maker with little oil and put the rice flour balls inside and press it well. Inside the rice flour keep the coconut ball.
Cover with rice flour. Make all the flour like this.
Then steam cook these kozhukattais in the steamer for 10 minutes.
Your sweet kozhukattai is ready .
Boil the water continuously then only the dough will be soft.
I have Inserted the video of “How to make Mothagam” at the end.