Mothagam Recipe - Pillayarpatti Modakam | Vinayagar Chaturthi Recipes

Mothagam Recipe
Mothagam / Modak, Ulundu Kozhukattai and Chana Sundal is traditionally made for Ganesh Chaturthi.This mothagam is specially made in Pillayarpati temple and they give it as prasadam... I have had it few times and always love it so always longed for this mothagam kohzhukattai whenever we visit pillayarpatti. Amma asked me to post it last year itself but somehow I missed it so this year here I am with this easy mothagam recipe

I first thought of shaping it like modaks but amma said this is the way they make in pillayarpatti and insisted me to make it the traditional way :)
Pillayarpatti Modakam

Pillayarpatti Mothagam RecipePillayarpatti Modakam

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Raw Rice - 1 cup
Moong Dal - 1/4 cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp + for greasing
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Water - 2 and 3/4 cups


  1. Dry roast raw rice for 3mins,set aside. Then dry roast moong dal till it turns golden brown and nice aroma rises. Cool down and then transfer it to a mixer.
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  2. Grind it to a coarse powder more like rava consistency.Roast the mixture in a tsp of ghee for 3mins,Set aside.Dissolve jaggery in a cup of water, strain to remove impurities. Add this jaggery water + remaining 1 and 3/4 cups of water in a nonstick pan and allow it to boil.
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  3. Once it starts to boil vigorously add the ice mixture and keep stirring.Close and cook for 3mins.After 5-7mins you can notice that the rice has cooked soft.At this stage add ghee and keep stirring.
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  4. After few mins it starts to collect as a mass leaving the sides of the pan. You can take a small quantity and roll it and see it forms a ball easily then thats the correct stage.Add coconut,cardamom powder and switch off.
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  5. Cool down the mixture, then grease your hands with ghee and roll them into lemon sized balls.Steam the modaks in for atleast 10mins.
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Serve hot / warm!
Mothagam Recipe

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Pillayarpatti Modakam
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