I am sure everyone is happy and excited to Welcome Ganapati Bappa tomorrow! Needless to say...I am too. This years crazy busy 'Ganapati Week'(With hosting Cooking Competition in Columbus, The Food stall, E's dance at the Ganapati festival, deck being built in the backyard.)....demands a Quick and Easy Modak Recipe!!!
The recipe is probably already known to you all......the 3 minute Microwave Pedha.
The Mango Pedha Version was also already published on thesizzlingpan.com
I used the same recipe.....and molded the dough into Mango Pedha Modak!!!
And NO...I did not use any molds to mold the modak.....for the tip on molding the Modak..read the recipe below....
Ingredients: Makes 35 or more small Modaks
Note: Since the brand of milk powder, microwave oven, the glassware you use differs--- the cooking time and the amount of milk powder might have to be increased!!
1 stick Unsalted butter (at room temperature)
4-4.5 cups Milk powder ( I used non fat dry milk) --You might need more*
1 can of 14 oz Sweetened condensed milk
8tbsp of Mango pulp/ Puree
1/2tsp nutmeg powder
1/2tsp cardamom powder
Some granulated sugar to roll the Modaks
1) Mix together milk powder, butter,condensed milk,nutmeg,cardamom,mango etc in microwave safe big deep bowl
2) Microwave for 6-8 minutes total. After every minute stir the mixture. *If the mixture doesn't thicken in 6 minutes, add a little more milk powder and microwave another minute.Keep doing this till it is thick.
The mixture will fluff up in the microwave as it is cooking. It will thicken as it is cooked. Remember to stir every minute! Remember..it will thicken up more..once cooled too!
3) After it thickens enough to roll in to Modak-Pedhas, let it cool. Make into small Balls.Then pinch the top to look like Modak. Make the balls as uniform as possible so that all Modak-Pedhas look similar and like they have been molded with a mold.
Modak Molding tip:
After you have made small modak shapes, use a small fork to press line marks on the sides of the modak from all sides.
4) Place on a platter dusted lightly with granulated sugar, so that they don't stick to the platter. Store in the refrigerator.