Modak is a sweet delicacy popular in Western India, especially Maharashtra. it is also the favourite sweet of Lord Ganesha which is made during the 10-day Ganesha festival and offered to Ganesha. They are either fried or steamed popularly known as Ukdiche Modak in Marathi. While the traditional modaks are stuffed with coconut and jaggery mix, the modak, in keeping with the times, has gone through numerous hybrids. So during the season, there are enough variations to whet even the sternest appetite. From modaks stuffed with dry fruits to those infused with strawberry or chocolate mixes, there is a modak for every palate. I have seen modaks steamed with fragrant turmeric leaves, others stuffed with mawa/khoya sugar and cardamom powder and still others stuffed with dried sweet mango. The word 'modak' is synonymous with 'happiness'. It is called modakam or kudumu in Telugu, modaka or kadubu in Kannada, and modak in Marathi and Konkani. This doesn't end here there are some health benefits also. Like Modaks may help to fight against constipation. Another benefit of coconut is the presence of healthy fat, fibres, and antioxidants. Ghee is rich in important nutrients like vitamin A, and omega-3 fatty acids. It may also help reduce gut inflammation and support heart health. Drop down your favourite flavour of modak.
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