Yesterday was Ganesha Chaturthi and I thought of making Modhagam as offerings to lord Ganesha. When I think of modhagam my mind takes me to Pillayarpatti, a small village near Karaikudi. The Karpaga Vinayagar temple in Pillayarpatti is very famous and a must see attraction when you visit Chettinad .
In Pillayarpatti modhagam is the prime offering to lord Ganesha. Modhagam is a sweet dish made with rice and dal mixture.
Preparation time:10 min
Cooking time:15 min
- 1.25 cup of Palm Jaggery. I add a little extra for color and sweetness.
- 1 cup Raw Rice
- 1/4 cup Split Green Gram Dal
- Wash Rice and Dal .
- Spread it in a dry cloth to remove excess moisture.
- Grind Rice and dal in the mixer to a very coarse consistency without water.
- Roast this until the raw rice and dal smell dissipates. Usually this takes 2 mins.
- Boil 2 1/2 cups of water in sauce pan and add the Roasted mixture.
- Cook till the water gets absorbed and the mixture is almost half cooked.
- In a saute pan melt the plam jaggery to a paste like consistency in low heat.
- Filter the jaggery paste.
- Add filtered Palm jaggery to the half cooked rice mixture and mix well .
- Make modhagam from the rice and jaggery mixture by shaping it into medium sized balls.
- Steam the Modhagam for 5 min until the mixture is cooked through.
- Modhagam is ready to be offered.
- We celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi with Modhagam and Sundal.
- Make sure remove the impurties in jaggery .