Exotic Modaks you didn’t know about – Food & Recipes
Modaks, as we all know, are favourites of not only Lord Ganesha but also his devout devotees. During this auspicious period of Ganesha festival the Elephant God is offered 21 modaks, but it’s not possible to make them everyday at home during these 10 days.
Many Nashikites are opting for various types of modaks that are now available at sweet shops. From jumbo-sized modaks made from dry fruits to mouth-watering chocolate modaks, we give you a list of modaks you can offer Ganpati Bappa and gorge on during this festive season.
Jumbo dry fruits Modak
Made on demand, this modak is full of variety of dry fruits that makes it even more delicious to feast on. The size of this modak is huge and is prepared as one complete piece of modak. Rajendra Yadav, manager of a sweet shop located on College Road, said, “This type of modak is prepared only on the basis of customer’s demand. We combine it with the dry fruits according to the customer’s choice and budget. It is mostly preferred on the first and the last day of the festival by the mandals of the societies.”
Gulab Kaju Modak
When it comes to innovation, a lot of people are opting for the Gulab Kaju modak. It’s a beautiful combination of two hot favourite Indian sweets – gulab jamun and kaju barfi. Nikhil Doshi, manager of a sweet shop on Canada Corner where this is available, said that the Gulab Kaju modak is a treat to sweet lovers. He added further, “Very few people prefer these kinds of modaks because of their ultra-sweet taste. So the production of these modaks is on a smaller scale.”
The current favourite of many, the anjeer modak is preferred by those who are health-conscious. Sumit Shete, a business man, said that he prefers buying these as he loves anjeer. He said, “There are two benefits of consuming these modaks – one they are delicious, and two they are rich in nutrients and great for those who are watching their weight.”
Since these modaks are made from cashew nuts, they are a little pricey. But who cares about prices, when the modak tastes so good? One of the best sellers in the markets currently, these modaks are available at general stores as well. “Apart from a variety of flavours in mawa modaks, kaju modaks have a lot of takers in the market. It comes in proper fixed packaging and stays fresh for a longer period of time,” said Sunil Singh, who runs a sweet shop in the city area.
Kesar modaks are available in a combination of flavours. One of the most favoured combinations is kaaju-kesar modak. Such combinations are delectable in taste and are not very sweet. Avinash Dhonde, from one of the sweet shops which offers this modak, said, “This modak is our hottest selling item, owning to its quality and preparation. We make it in bulk on daily basis during these 10 days of Ganesh festival. Apart from its delicious taste, the presentation of these modaks is appealing to the eye. That is why they are customers’ favourite.”
Mango Mawa Modak
Mango being an all-time favourite fruit of a lot of people, it was quite an obvious choice to combine mango with mawa to make a modak which will be loved by all. This perfect combination will add a little twist to the taste of modak. There are a lot of loyal buyers for these delicious modaks.
Jackfruit is a very healthy fruit, although not liked by many fruit lovers because of its strong aroma. So when Mangal Beri, owner of a sweet shop, who came up with the idea of using jackfruit to prepare modaks, he was a bit sceptical. But he assures that it tastes nothing like your typical mawa-based modaks. “We avoid putting preservatives in our jackfruit modaks; hence the taste is exactly like the fruit. A lot of people are happy with this innovation we have brought in the type of modaks available in the market this festive season,” said Beri.
Chocolate modaks have topped the gifting list options among the corporate community. Preferred over the sugary modaks sold at the sweet shops, these modaks are high in flavour and are available in dark, white and semi-sweet chocolate variety. Sunayna Gaurav, owner of a city-based chocolate store, said, “Corporate companies place big orders of chocolate modaks to distribute among their employees during Ganeshotsav. Since it is to be distributed during the festival, we strictly keep them vegetarian and they don’t melt easily. Buyers prefer decorative and bright festive packaging of boxes full of modaks in advance for gifting and distributing purpose. Also people are conscious about their health so they prefer dark chocolate modaks over the sweet laden ones sold at sweet shops.”