Chocolate Modak is a 4 ingredient easy dessert recipe made specially for Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The modaks are shaped using the molds. A fun treat for all ages!
Ganesh Chaturthi is one of my favorite festivals! Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honor of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. It’s his birthday! This is a very auspicious day celebrated to pray to the god so that every new activity that is started is successfully completed without any obstacles. It is one festival which spans across 10 days. Lord Ganesh is the symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. This festival in India is very grandiose and is celebrated with lots of galore. There are mandals/tents nearly in every street of the city with a Ganesh idol in it. Visitors/worshipers from all walks of life throng to get a glimpse of this idol. The serpentine queues outside every tent speak volumes about the belief people have in this god.
I personally have some vivid memories of celebrating this festival as a child. Our parents would take us idol hopping at night. That is the best time to view all the mandals because the lighting and decorations can be enjoyed to the fullest at night-time. We would go as a big group (neighbors and friends), stand in long queues, enjoy the prasad and be awestruck looking at the beautiful decorations and wonderfully crafted idols. For many years, we also placed a ganpati in our building and that too right outside our house. Our days would begin and end with it. We used to love taking care of the mandap, distributing prasad, light the lamps, sing the aartis along with friends and family..ohh so many wonderful and dear memories this festival holds!!
Every year for Ganpati, my mom would prepare steamed modak using rice flour with coconut and jaggery filling. Modak is considered to be Ganpati’s favorite dish and as a ritual, everyone prepares it this day. While my mom made rice flour modak, my neighbors prepared wheat flour ones which were deep-fried. I would love both the versions and gobble them up greedily. As neighbors, we would exchange sweets on every festive occasion. This way we would get to enjoy different food from different homes. I have never prepared modaks myself until now. This year for Ganpati, KR asked me what sweet I was preparing and I didn’t have an answer yet. The traditional rice flour modak needs good practice, but my MIL suggested that I make Chocolate Modak instead. She had seen it in some cookery show on TV.
I am just so glad that I listened to her and prepared this chocolate modak. All one needs is just 4 ingredients and this dessert is ready. Chocolate being everyone’s favorite, makes this dessert even more appetizing for all. Add ghee, crumbled khoya and sugar in a pan. Saute it on a medium flame till the mixture binds to together to form a thick mass. Take the pan off the flame. Add vanilla essence and milk masala. Add cocoa powder through a sieve to avoid lumps. Give it a good mix.
Let the mixture cool down completely. To make modaks, you would need a mold. Grease the mold with ghee every time. Place a small lump on each side of the mold and press it tight. Open the mold and carefully remove the modak out of it.
Serve. These chocolate modaks are a delight to eat. They are soft and chewy. The chocolate blends in well with khoya making this modak irresistible! The other best part about this dessert is that it can be stored for a week in airtight containers. So you can even prepare them in advance and serve when needed.
We had been to a friend’s place to bring in this festival together. Our whole gang was going to be there with kids and all. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take these chocolate modak for all. As expected, the children couldn’t even wait for the aarti to get over, they wanted to grab one modak in each hand and run away. Finally they were allowed to eat and then I had kids coming over to me asking for more. They even complimented me for the recipe. I was thrilled. It’s nothing better than receiving candid feedback from young minds!
- 2 cups crumbled khoya
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp milk masala
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence/extract
- Modak molds
- Ghee for greasing the molds
- Add ghee, crumbled khoya and sugar in a pan. Saute it on a medium flame till the mixture binds to together to form a thick mass. Take the pan off the flame. Add vanilla essence and milk masala. Add cocoa powder through a sieve to avoid lumps. Give it a good mix.
- "Let the mixture cool down completely. To make modaks, you would need a mold. Grease the mold with ghee every time. Place a small lump on each side of the mold and press it tight. Open the mold and carefully remove the modak out of it.
- You can make these without the molds and give it any desired shape.
- In place of milk masala, you can add any dry fruit powder.
- You can also skip adding the vanilla essence if you wish to.
Making and serving this Chocolate Modak was truly a very gratifying experience for me. I also shared this recipe with my school friend who had messaged me for an easy modak recipe. I heard back from her telling me how much her 2 daughters enjoyed preparing this dessert for their Ganpati Bappa. They both loved the fact that it was made of chocolate and she loved the fact that it was so easy that even her 2 kids could make it! I love my job!! Happy that I could help someone create wonderful memories in their home. If you looking for more quick dessert ideas this festive season, then do check out Jhajhariya/Sweetcorn Pudding – A Microwave Recipe, Mango Semolina Cupcakes and Blueberry Vermicelli Kheer/Pudding. I am sure you will love them too.
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