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Ukadiche Modak

Sep 01, 2019         3 comments.
South-Indian Poorana Kozhukattai or Maharashtrian Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi!
Ukadiche Modak Recipe by Foodomania | Sweet Kozhukattai Recipe - Poorana Kolukkat with step by step recipe video

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi (or Vinayagar Chaturthi) to those of you who are celebrating! 🙂

Ukadiche Modak is a traditional Maharashtrian recipe commonly prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi as offering to the Lord. Not surprisingly, the south-Indian version of the Modak, also known as the Poorana Kozhukattai, also follows the same steps!

The recipe is known as Ukadiche Modak because the cover is made with Ukad aka rice flour. Since the rice flour dough is a little tricky to handle, many also make this with wheat flour.

Ukadiche Modak Recipe by Foodomania | Sweet Kozhukattai Recipe

In Tamil cuisine, we use this rice dough to make many different forms of kozhukattai (also spelled as kozhakkattai, kolukattai, kolukkattai etc.!) The dough itself is made with homemade superfine rice flour – and I highly recommend using this homemade rice flour for this recipe.

Here’s the recipe video for Ukadiche Modak –


Ukadiche Modak – Steamed Sweet Kozhukattai

  • Author: Kavitha Ramaswamy
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 812 modaks 1x


Simple, homemade steamed ukadiche modak or sweet kozhukattai recipe



For the Sweet Filling

  • 1/2 cup Jaggery
  • 1 cup Freshly Grated Coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (elaichi)
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee (Clarified Butter)

For the Rice Cover / Dough

  • 1 cup Fresh Rice Flour (preferably homemade)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  • Ghee, to grease the pan


For the Sweet Filling

  • Add jaggery to the pan. Heat on low heat. Jaggery starts to melt. Look for string consistency.
  • Add the coconut, elaichi and mix well. Fry for 2-3 minutes
  • Add ghee, mix well and let it cool

For the Rice Cover Dough

  • Bring 1 cup water to a boil
  • Add the ghee, salt and mix well
  • Turn off flame. Add rice flour and keep stirring. Mix till it comes together as a sticky dough
  • Cover and let the dough rest for 4-5 minutes
  • Transfer dough to a clean plate
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of Ghee and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. Knead to a soft and smooth dough.
  • Use as required to make the modak

Making of the Ukadiche Modak / Sweet Kozhkattai

  • Divide the sweet filling into equal, 1 Tablespoon measures and form neat balls. Set aside
  • Take lemon-sized balls of rice flour dough and roll well
  • Flatten the dough. Using your fingers and the thumb, form an even cup shaped form
  • Add the sweet filling in the groove / middle
  • Bring the edges together to the center by forming simple pleats. Seal on top tightly. If this is difficult, simply bring the edges to the top and seal it. Make sure the top is pointy – which is typical of any modak
  • You can also use a modak-mold to create even, neat-shaped modaks
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough
  • Grease the steamer with some ghee
  • Place all the prepared modak on the steamer
  • Close with lid and steam for 8-10 minutes or till the rice dough cover starts to look shiny
  • Remove and let it cool completely before serving

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Steaming
  • Cuisine: Indian

And that’s how you make the kozhukkattai or ukadiche modak! It isn’t really as intimating as it seems! Trust me! It took me years to even attempt this recipe at home. Of course, forming beautiful pleats and making a perfectly shaped modak manually requires some practice and skill. I call this the Beginner’s Modak! 😉 You don’t have to worry too much about the shape, for when it is steamed, the taste is what matters!

Ukadiche Modak Recipe by Foodomania | Sweet Kozhukattai Recipe

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