Mouthwatering Malai Modak With A Twist
With Ganesh Chaturthi just around the corner, let's welcome Bappa with some mouthwatering varieties of His and our favorite sweet, modak! One of the most celebrated festivals in India, Ganeshotsav is celebrated by one and all, the mandals always outdo themselves with the decorations and getting the best idols of Lord Ganesha.
This time of the year, everybody forgets their differences and worships together. So, just to make this festival a little better than it already is, we're helping you make malai modaks… wait for it… with cheese! Yes, that's right! We're going to be using Ricotta cheese and will give your taste buds a full-fledged dance partayy!
Yeah, I know, this isn't the ideal way to make modaks, but not if you use organic cheese! Okay, you can also use khoya instead of cheese if it's a blasphemy according to you. How do you make khoya? Oh, that's easy. Let me tell you. Take approximately 3-4 liters of milk in a thick bottomed vessel. Keep stirring the milk continuously on low flame and in about 3-4 hours, the residue that you have is khoya.
Now, for those of you who are making it with cheese:
Here's what you will need
Ricotta Cheese – 1 Kg
Heavy Cream – 2 Cups
Sugar – 1 Cup
Saffron – 7-8 Strands
Cardamom Powder – 1 Teaspoon
Ghee – 4 Tablespoons
Start by heating the Ricotta in a wide-mouthed pan on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Make sure to keep stirring it frequently. The cheese would melt before regaining its texture. You can now add the heavy cream, cardamom powder, and saffron. Before you add saffron, make sure to crush it with your fingers to ensure better color. Stir till the liquid is all dried up and cook it till Ricotta has gained its original texture, which should be done in about 10-12 minutes. Now add sugar and cook it on high flame till the mixture starts resembling a ball. Once you have the desired texture, take it off the flame and add ghee. Now, give your triceps a cardio and mix really well.
Allow the mixture to cool before you start shaping it up. To shape them, take some part of the mixture in your palm and elongate the ball of heaven in a shape similar to that of a dew drop.
There you go! Try this recipe and let us know how you impressed Bappa and your family! ;)