Guava and Coconut Modak with Pistachio centers

Tropical guava and coconut flavored modak with a pistachio center….an exotic twist to the traditional pedha and modak!

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Tropical Guava and Coconut Modak with Pistachio centers !
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The cut cross-section showing the pistachio center and chewy coconut texture! Yum!

Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the God of wisdom and intellect and as the remover of obstacles. In India, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in homes and in communities for 10 days! The sweet modak being Lord Ganesha’s favorite, are made in various forms. Pedha Modak is one of those forms. Pedha is a fudge like sweet that is also shaped in the traditional modak form and offered to Lord Ganesha and then distributed among family and friends. Recently new flavors such as mango and chocolate modak have emerged.

Here in America, we are invited to our friends’ homes for the festivities for which I usually make the Pedha Modak. I wanted to try a new tropical twist on the traditional flavors, so I decided to make the guava and coconut flavored modak and pedhas with pistachio nut centers. Also, I experimented using heavy cream instead of the condensed milk, so I could control the sweetness of the modak. I made it on the stove top instead of the microwave and used the same brand of guava paste as in the Sweet and Tangy Guava Sheera.

Luckily for me, the experiment worked and the guava modak turned out to be fragrant and alluring! Since this was a new concept, I made a small batch to start. So, for a bigger batch, your cooking time on the stove may increase, but this is a quick recipe. You know me, I have no patience for recipes that say,’ stir for 30 minutes’:)

So this is my quick and easy recipe-Combine all the ingredients, except the pistachios in a sauce pan.

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Combine all ingredients , except the pistachios and the optional ghee in a sauce pan

Once the mixture comes to a simmer, keep stirring it continuously on low to medium heat. After about 4 minutes, the mixture will start to come together in the center, leaving the sides of the pan. Also you will notice that the mixture moves with your spoon. That is when it is ready.

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About 4 minutes later, the mixture pulled away from the sides of the pan.

Remove from heat and let it cool. I left mine aside for about 10 minutes, uncovered.Knead the ‘dough’ to smoothen it. I used a little ghee to grease my palms but it is optional. I like the flavor of the ghee:)  Using the mold, add the mixture on each side and add a pistachio nut in the center. I used the lightly salted pistachios.

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The mixture in  the mold. It makes  5 modak at a time.

After closing the mold, I just scraped off the excess and the modak are ready. You may also roll them into pedhas and place the pistachio nut on top, as I did with some.

The modak and pedhas are offered to Lord Ganesha. This is a Ganesha idol I had made a few years ago for our local community celebration.

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The modaks and pedhas are offered to Lord Ganesha . This is a clay idol I had made a few years ago for our communal Ganesh Chaturthi function in the Boston area

Guava Coconut Modak with Pistachio centers

  • Servings: 14
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients-

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup milk powder
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut, pulsed in a food processor
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon guava paste
  • 3 green cardamoms, shelled and seeds powdered
  • 14 pistachio nuts plus few for (optional) decoration
  • Ghee to grease palms when molding (optional)

Steps to make the Modak-

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the pistachios in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Over low to medium heat, stir the mixture well making sure that the guava paste is well incorporated. The guava paste will soften and melt as it is heated and stirred in the mixture.
  2. Once the mixture comes to a simmer, stir the mixture continuously so it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. After about 4 minutes, the mixture will leave the sides of the pan and the lumped up mixture starts to move with your stirring spoon or ladle. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Knead the mixture with greased hands, if using ghee, and add to either side of the mold. Place a pistachio nut in the center and close the mold. Scrape off the excess mixture. The excess mixture can be reused.
  4. Unmold the modak and repeat with the rest of the mixture. You can also roll the mixture between your palms and make pedhas with a pistachio nut on top.
  5. Guava Coconut Modak with Pisatchio centers are now ready!

Now that this experiment was a success, I will be making a bigger batch to share in the community celebrations this year! I am sure the uniquely flavored, scrumptious Guava Coconut Modak will be a hit at the festivities!

Love,

Sandhya

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Medha Ganmukhi says:

    Bhuk laglii!!!

    Ganapati Bappa Morya!!!

    Medha

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    1. Sandhya says:

      ha ha Medha! Thanks for your comment. The guava modak do taste awesome! I am hooked. Ganapatiche nimitta:)

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  2. pamela says:

    It is interesting you use little molds! Here in Japan, people make stuffed rice balls for lunch and picnics called onigiri. They are stuffed with foods that go well will rice, like salted plum pickles or salted soy simmered seaweed. Usually they are formed by hand, but these days many people use molds too!! Molds are so convenient. Those Modak look so cute and bite-sized. Yummy, yummy!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Pamela! I am drooling reading about the rice balls! yes the modak were traditionally made by hand but now the molds have made it very convenient.

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  3. I love those little molds, and the Modak are just beautiful. Really a special treat!!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Suzanne!

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  4. Pretty and I am willing to bet delicious. Cheers!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much!

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  5. Very nice! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you too.

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  6. Lina says:

    Never heard of this form of modak….will surely try this as it sounds very interesting…😊

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Lina, I had not heard of them either:) I made them up because the guava lends such a delectable flavor to the mix!

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      1. Lina says:

        That’s great😊😊😊

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much!

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  7. Loretta says:

    How wonderful Sandhya, love all those tropical flavors you have going on in your modaks. I have never heard of it till now. I could happily eat a couple of those as I know my palate will be well pleased just from reading your ingredients. Happy holiday to you and your family.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Loretta! It has been a weekend of feasting and visiting friends:)
      Hope you had a great weekend too!

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  8. Antonia says:

    How interesting Sandhya! I like the tropical twist and the molds are awesome 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Antonia!

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  9. reocochran says:

    I like knowing about the history and traditions you mentioned, Sandhya. The “Pedha Modak” sounds like a delicious variation of your other recipe. I like the way it looks like fall pumpkins even if not meant to be. The Lord Ganesh would be wonderfully pleased by the pretty representation you had made. I hope your 10 days go well, filled with joyful celebration.♡♡

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Robin. Yes I thought of fall pumpkins too looking at that picture. The guava paste I used gave the pedha modak such a nice fall color.
      Hope you had a great weekend!

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  10. You are so creative! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Indah! What a huge compliment coming from a super creative and talented person like you. I am thrilled. I hope you had a great weekend too.

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  11. seenakoshy says:

    Sandhya, your guava and coconut modak seems something creative. Loved it color of these yummy modaks.. 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Seema! I love the taste of guava so it was a nice change. And yes the color that the guava paste lends is really pretty too.
      I always appreciate your sweet words, Seem. Thanks again!

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