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Simple Modak Recipe

Its time to please the pot-bellied lord and what best to serve than Modaks. Here are my 2.00 am recepies for Besan and Chocolate Modaks.

 

Besan Modak – For about 25 – 30 modaks

Ingredients

1. Besan – 1/2 kg

2. Ghee – 350 gms

3. Coarsly ground sugar – 1/4 kg

4. Ground Cardamom – 1 tbsp

5. Ground Pistachio – 1 tbsp

6. Ground Almonds – 1 tbsp

7. Modak molds

 

Method

1. Heat ghee in a wok

2. Add besan and saute it on low flame till it turns light brown

3. Remove from heat, transfer it to a cool utensil and let it cool a little

4. Add cardamom, pistachio, almonds and sugar. Mix well

5. Grease the molds

6. Fill the molds with batter and put it in the fridge for 1/2 – 1 hour

7. Remove gently and serve 🙂

Tips:-

1. Saute the besan in low flame ONLY. It will take a lot of time but do not increase the flame as it will becoe brown but not roast properly.

2. While doing this if your mixture looks liquidy, do not worry. It will cool down and become good for you to mold.

3. Use coarse besan rather than the fine besan we get in super markets

4. If the mixture is dry while roasting, you can add more ghee

 

Chocolate Modaks – 30 – 35 Modaks

Ingredients

1. Khoya – 750 gms

2. Coco Powder – 4 tbsp

3. Icing Sugar – 1 cup

4. Milk Powder – 1.5 cup

5. Ground Almonds – 3 tbsp

6. Molds

Method

1. Add khoya, milk powder and coco powder and almonds in a wok

2. Cook the mixture while stirring continuously

3. Once the khoya is cooked remove from heat

4. Add icing sugar and mix well

5. Let it cool a little but not too much

6. Grease molds and fill them with batter

7. Place your molds in the fridge for 1/2 to 1 hours

8. Remove from molds very lightly and serve

Tips:-

1. Do not let the better cool too much before you start making your modaks

2. If you feel the batter has cooled, then heat it before starting the process of molding

3. If the batter after cooling is a little dry, you can cook some khoya separately and add to it. But ensure that it is properly cooked

 

So here are the two recipes that I used to make the modaks for my Ganapati Carnival. If I can do it, anyone can…trust me! Happy Ganesh Chturthi to you all!

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Festivals, Recipes

 

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Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Its festival season and the air will soon get filled with echos of ‘GANAPATI BAPPA…MORYA!!! What better way to usher in this pot-bellied Lord than to fill it with fun and creativity.

In this age of cartoons and video games, its difficult to ensure kids understand the relevance of our festivals. We organized a Ganapati Carnival that introduced children to the feats and stories of Ganesha and the relevance of the festival. Along with this, the kids made festive delicacy with a chocolaty twist – yummy chocolate modaks and beautiful festive souvenirs to brighten their festival.

Our day started with a bubbling bunch of kids listening to cute stories of Lord Ganesha and the race with brother, Karthikeya, around the world for a mango. The kids loved hearing the antics of Ganesha and his smartness in taking 3 rounds of his parents and declaring them their world! Some of them shared anecdotes about their races. Some even got charged up and ready to race then and there…ah! The energy of the young ones!

Having learnt how naughty and smart our little Ganesha was, they proceeded to make tasty treats for him – Chocolate and besan modaks. It was difficult for the young cooks to decide whether to mould the modaks first or to eat the yummy batter. With great show of will power they completed their moulds and once the moulds were sent off for setting they licked the batter off their fingers to their hearts content…lick lick! For Recipe please click here

After this they all set out to create their festive souvenirs, making baskets to carry their yummy modaks in. The young artists were soon engrossed in choosing bright coloured stones for their baskets and listened as they shared their ideas on how to make their basket pretty. We watched in wonder as each and every child created unique and beautiful patterns using the colourful stones, sparkles and lace trimmings. 

While one young boy covered his basket handle with colorful stones, another wanted to make flower patterns with stones.

A little 2-yr old wanted to add sparkles on her basket…all by herself! And we were happy to oblige!

It was heart-warming to see their enthusiasm! If you have kids around you who could use some cheer…please gather them up this festive season and have your own Ganpati Carnival! It will be a day well spent.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Adventures of Susheela and Ambili

We had the awesome-est time with kids from The Thakur International School. The enthusiasm and exuberance of the kids was infectious and kept energizing us as we went from one class to another spreading joy and making new friends. Both Susheela and Ambili connected with our young audience immediately. While Susheela’s Kolam brought colourful delights, the story of Ambili and her encounter with Maakdi, the frog, got the children ticklish and giggling all over!

 

Nursery, KG and Prep – Susheela’s Kolam

The children’s imagination knew no bounds as they contributed enthusiastically in Shusheela’s quest for new canvases to draw her Kolams. Their mothers will have a hard time restraining their creative hands now for sure!

After the story the children created their own beautiful Kolams with lovely colours.

Standard 1st & 2nd

We introduced the kids to Ambili and saw the wonderous curiosity in their eyes as they waited to hear about her adventures. They giggled at her silliness and joked about how Maakadi the frog was fooling her. They jumped and hopped just like Ambili did with the frogs in the rain! The kids shared their own experiences about how they dance and play in the rains and love to get all wet and muddy…what a splashy-splashy day we had! After we shared our experiences we all coloured our own Ambili in interesting patterns just like little Ambili from the story.

 

The school gave us a sweet token. As we watched the kids enjoying the stories we were reminded of a simple fact…there is no age for innocence!

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Education

 

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A single book…a thousand smiles!

My friends and I had a most inspiring day today! It all started with my ramblings on twitter when I came across a tweet on my timeline about Pratham Books and the book reading drive they want to conduct on 8th September 2012, World Literacy Day. There was no looking back after that. The team at Pratham Books was quick to respond to my query and helped me put together this beautiful experience. A special thanks to my husband Ankit, son Siddharth and friends Shilpa Neha & Anoop for lending their support.

 

I approached Maharashtra Vidyalaya in Goregaon west, Mumbai, for conducting the session and the teachers were more than happy to have us among the reading out a story to their children. Then it was a mad rush to create cut-outs of characters from the book, create Kolam designs for children to colour and arrange for a Marathi version of the book as the children are more comfortable with the language. We chose standards 1st and 2nd for the readings.

 

The teachers started by explaining the kids how it is important to believe in their passion and taking it to unseen heights. Then the story began and the children sat mesmerized as they heard about Susheela’s adventures with her lovely Kolams. All this while I could see sparkle in their tiny eyes about their own dreams and untold passions. As the teacher interacted with them we found the kids sharing their own ideas of where Susheela will draw her next Kolam.

 

After the reading the children spent a wonderful time decorating their own Kolams with beautiful colours. Suddenly the group came alive with excited chatter of which colours to use and how to make the Kolams as beautiful as that of Susheela.

 

After the colouring, the kids proudly showed-off their creations! It was magical how brightly coulored Kolams transformed a class into a kaleidoscope of infinite imagination!

 

The teachers were so thrilled with the response from the children that they now want us to select more stories and include more classes (3rd and 4th) next time. We are so inspired by this that we now plan to take this up as a regular activity and approach many more children and spread the joy of reading stories to as many children as possible.

 

Thank you Pratham Books! 🙂

 

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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Education

 

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