Whole Wheat Modak Recipe: How To Make Delicious Modaks

It’s that time of the year when one is tempted to feast on modak recipe, Lord Ganesha’s favourite. But many, including me, look at its ingredients and worry about how it will wreak havoc on our waistlines. I wanted a way out.. have one’s cake and eat it too kind of a situation.

Now, if you look at, modaks are steamed. So we have cut out a lot of calories from oil. But there’s still the outer covering made out of white rice. Plus there’s jaggery. Add to that the naturally occurring sugar in coconut. Then there is oil too in coconut. There’s the peanut stuffing too. Peanuts will again add to the calories, one worries!

Here I will tell you that coconuts and peanuts have healthy fats that can actually help you to lose weight! But that does not mean that one can lose control and feast on them. Like I always say, practice moderation. That’s the key. To give it a healthier touch, I’ve replaced rice flour with whole wheat flour. Now, go ahead and enjoy!     

Whole-wheat Modak Recipe

wheat modak recipe

Image Credits: Sanjana Kodical

Let’s see the ingredients and how to make the modak recipe.


Outer Covering

  • Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Warm water – 1/4 cup (more if required)


  • Fresh coconut (grated) – 1 cup
  • Jaggery (grated or powder) – 3/4 cup
  • Elaichi powder – 1 tsp


Outer Covering

  • Add salt and oil to the flour.
  • Mix well.
  • Add warm water to form a dough.
  • It should be slightly tighter than a chapati dough.
  • Keep it covered for 30 mins.


Coconut filling

  • Mix coconut and jaggery in a non-stick pan.
  • Heat with constant stirring till jaggery melts and blends well with the coconut.
  • Add elaichi powder.
  • Cool.

Peanut filling

  • Peanuts (roasted and ground) – 1/2 cup.
  • Jaggery powder – 1/2 cup.
  • Mix the two in a non-stick pan till jaggery melts and blends well with the peanut powder.


  • Make small balls out of the dough.
  • Roll out each ball to make poories.
  • It should not be too thin.
  • Stuff each poori with the jaggery or peanut filling.
  • Shape into modaks.


  • Steam for 25 to 30 mins on medium flame till the modaks look translucent


  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
  • Brush each modak with a little oil or melted ghee.
  • Bake them for about 20 mins.
  • Let it cool in the oven.

That’s all. Tasty modak was ready. Now taste this delicious Modak recipe with your family.

About the author

Prema Kodical

She is an independent weight management consultant from Mumbai. She is also working as a diet & exercise consultant at Hope & Care Clinic in Navi Mumbai.

She is India's leading Nutrition and a Fitness Freak. The fitness bug bit her when she was in her teens. Touch wood it has stayed! Initially, it was a pastime but soon became a passion and went on to become her profession. Her other passion is food. She scouts for recipes with healthy and unusual ingredients. She also converts the unhealthy recipes to healthy ones and tries them out. Like working out, cooking is a great stress buster for her.

She has a blog http://thank-god-im-fit.blogspot.in

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