Looking for an easy modak recipe to make for Ganesh Chaturthi tomorrow? Try out these Fruit & Nut Chocolate Modak!
A bit more about these modaks
These Chocolate Fruit & Nut Modak are no-cook, except for a little roasting. They are super easy to make, if you have all the ingredients at hand, and can be put together in a matter of minutes…. And they are very, very delicious!
I have used cashewnuts and almonds to make these, along with some raisins and dry coconut powder. The Indian Natives’ Absolute Dark cocoa powder that I had written about here is what gives these modaks a gorgeous taste and that deep brown colour.
How to make Fruit & Nut Chocolate Modak
Here is the detailed recipe.
Ingredients (makes about 20 small pieces):
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dry coconut powder
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup cashewnuts
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar or to taste
- 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk or as needed
1. Roast the cashewnuts and almonds on medium flame till they get crisp. Ensure that they do not burn. Transfer the roasted nuts to a plate and allow them to cool down fully.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add in the raisins, dry coconut powder, cocoa powder and the powdered sugar.
3. When the roasted nuts have completely cooled down, grind them a little coarsely, in a small mixer jar. Add this to the mixing bowl too.
4. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl well. Adding condensed milk little by little, make a dough that has a malleable consistency. I needed about 2 tablespoons of condensed milk.
5. Shape modaks out of the dough, as big or small as you need. I made about 20 small modaks. They can be served immediately.
Can these Fruit & Nut Chocolate Modaks be made vegan?
The above recipe is completely vegetarian and gluten-free. However, it is not vegan because of the use of condensed milk. To make these modaks vegan, swap the condensed milk with plant-based milk. You might have to increase the quantity of sugar you use, in that case.
Tips & Tricks
1. Adjust the quantity of sugar as per personal taste preferences.
2. Use as much condensed milk as needed to get the mixture to a malleable consistency.
3. I have used dark cocoa powder which has a strong chocolate-ey aroma and flavour. You can use any cocoa powder of your preference.
4. Increase or decrease the amount of cocoa powder you use, as per personal taste preferences.
5. Ghee or warm milk can be used in place of the condensed milk (not vegan).
Did you like this recipe? Do tell me, in your comments!