White Chocolate Dipped Panchakhadya Modak


These Panchakhadya Modak dipped in chocolate, will strike the fancy of children of all ages!

5 ingredient prasad with Ayurvedic benefits made for Ganesh Chaturthi,
White Chocolate Dipped Panchakhadya Modak

Panchakhadya is the ubiquitous food offering made for many religious ceremonies. The blessed food is then distributed among all devotees as prasad. It is made mainly with 5 ingredients that are mixed in a loose, trail mix of sorts.

Panch means five and khadya is food. According to Ayurveda, the combination of the 5 main ingredients in the panchakhadya are supposed to be good for the brain functions. So I wanted to make it more appealing to kids and adults alike. I certainly can use some good brain food 🙂

It is fascinating that the 5 main ingredients in this ‘kh’adya (food) all begin with the letter ‘kh’ in Marathi and Sanskrit- Khobra (coconut), khuskhus (poppy seed), khadi saakhar (rock sugar) khareek (dry dates) and khismis (golden raisins).

5 ingredient prasad with Ayurvedic benefits made for Ganesh Chaturthi,
Ingredients getting ready for the Panchkhadya Modak.

I wanted to try molding the panchakhadya in the ‘modak’ shape for Ganesh Chaturthi coming up soon. So I used khajur (dates) instead of the khareek (dry dates).

5 ingredient prasad with Ayurvedic benefits made for Ganesh Chaturthi,
Mixture after pulsing in the food processor

I also dipped them in white chocolate and dusted them with coconut flakes for enticement….and it worked!  Kids …and some adults who shall remain nameless, who had scrunched up their noses at the mention of panchakhadya, came asking for more and more of these White Chocolate Dipped Panchakhadya Modak! So they were a huge success in my home.

Hope you are all set with which modak to make on Monday for Ganesh Chaturthi. I am still debating between the Pedha modak ready in 3,2,1, the Gauva and Coconut Modak with Pistachio centers and these Panchakhadya Modak……all yummy choices!

White chocolate dipped Panchakhadya Modak

  • Servings: 21
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 3 tablespoons rock sugar (khadisakhar)
  • ½ cup (7~8 ) pitted dates, chopped into little pieces
  • ½ cup dry coconut flakes, dry roasted
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, roasted
  • ¼ cup almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins

For the coating-

  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips or wafers
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • Coconut flakes for dusting.

To make the White Chocolate Dipped Panchakhadya Modak

  1. Warm the ghee in a pan over medium heat. Add the rock sugar and as soon as it melts, add the dates and let them warm up for 3o seconds or so, just so that they are easy to mince.
  2. Take it off the heat. In a food processor, mince the date mixture well.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the chocolate coating ingredients) and continue to pulse the mixture until it comes together to form a ball.
  4. Form the modak by hand or in a mold.
  5. Melt the white chocolate with the teaspoon of ghee.
  6. Dip the modak in it and dust with coconut flakes.

Note- The number of dates will vary according to the type of dates you  use.

Hope your family enjoys them as much as mine did! I am sharing these modak at Fiesta Friday co hosted this week by  Jhuls @ thenotsocreativecook and Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen.




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  1. Gorgeous Sandhya. I’ve never heard of these, but just looking through the ingredients, I know I’d love them. Interesting too about the origins of this festival and the meaning of it. I know I could probably devour the entire plate in one sitting, not sure I’d want to share it with anyone else. Love that form you use too, so striking! Have yourself a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

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    1. Happy Labor Day weekend to you too. My husband and I drove to Maine today and the greenery and the flowers were just breath taking! I am sad to see summer coming to an end.
      Monday is the Ganesh Chaturthi festival and I will be making lots of modak to take to friends’ homes. I have been eating way too many of these:)

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes the white chocolate is making the panchakhadya modak attractive to young and old alike! The flavors went very well together so I was very happy!

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  2. nice

    On Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 9:01 AM, Indian and Indian Fusion Cooking in America wrote:

    > Sandhya posted: “These Panchakhadya Modak dipped in chocolate, will strike > the fancy of children of all ages! Panchakhadya is the ubiquitous food > offering made for many religious ceremonies. The blessed food is then > distributed among all devotees as prasad. It is made ” >

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  3. The panchakhadya indeed look more appetizing. I never had anything like this or close, but I could use some, too. Besides, I need a good food brain as well. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us at this week’s FF. I hope you are having fun at the party. x

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      1. Don’t know why that happened lol! It’s opening on other systems! Try again and if it happens again please please let me know so I can look into it!

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  4. It’s amazing what a little chocolate will do ;D What an interesting treat, with so many good ingredients. I love how they all start with the same letters…how fascinating! Have a wonderful Labor Day and weekend Sandhya!

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    1. Thanks so much Antonia! Yes the little white chocolate entices the young and old to eat the traditional food 🙂 I was happy that the flavors went so well together .
      Wishing you a fun labor day weekend too! I am feeling sad that summer is coming to an end.

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  5. Sandhya these looks very yummy. I had not had this panchakhadya, looks healthy and good. Will try these some time for sure. Looks liek these are energy bombs as well. When we need energy can have one and continue. Liek the idea of dipping them in white chocolate. Very innovative.:)

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    1. Thanks so much, Meena. Yes they sure are full of energy. I was happy too that the white chocolate flavor went so well with the panchakhadya flavors 🙂 thanks again. I have never tasted the kalkandu vadai but I know I would love those flavors. Can it be made with jaggery too?

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