Pune: The normal steamed ukdicha modak, which is a favorite of Lord Ganesh, has taken many avatars this festive season, as well being aware folks search for alternate options to provide it a twist with some revolutionary fillings.
Some have modified the recipe by getting rid of sugar and introducing flaxseeds and poppy seeds to ramp up the dietary worth and attempting out savoury fillings as a festive snack as properly.
Megha Agarwal, a baker from Wakad, stated that her baked ragi modak and puran poli handpies had been in demand amongst those that wished to reward wholesome gadgets to their family members. “No one presents puran polis, however within the type of handpies it turns into a singular merchandise to reward whereas visiting properties of family and friends throughout the pageant.”
Karishma Poonekar, the proprietor and head chef at a unit promoting delicacies in Koregaon Park that gives diabetic-friendly meals, has come out with modaks with a low glycemic index. “In our preparations, we substitute refined flour with almond flour and use a pomegranate-based sweetener. We additionally make low-carb darkish chocolate modaks.”
Abhinay Dal experimented with a savoury twist, making a modak-samosa assemblage. “We had leftover rice flour dough after getting ready the standard ukidiche modak. We stuffed it with a potato and peas filling to mix to idea of a samosa and modak. My household liked this as a snack,” he stated.
Those that don’t thoughts indulging in decadent sorts of sweets search for new and revolutionary flavours. “This 12 months, we launched paan-flavoured modaks. Made with tutti-frutti coconut and gulkand, sans the supari, it has contributed to 40% of our gross sales. The rasmalai modak can also be one other fashionable flavour,” stated Rutuja Gaikwad, a house chef from Balajinagar.
Anurima Athalye, a caterer from Bavdhan, stated, “We had many friends over throughout the first 5 days of the pageant they usually liked the crunchy varieties I made with butterscotch and toasted oats. Although we made conventional ukadiche modak, we additionally wished to do one thing enjoyable for the children, so I ready a ‘Bounty’ themed model primarily based on my son’s favorite chocolate bar.”