Anything with chocolate in it is sure to please us all. So, how about making our favorite dessert ‘modak’ with chocolate? Yes, chocolate modak it is! And it is going to be our new favorite which will also be loved by all the children and the Lord himself too!
Ganesh Chathurthi is a festival that brings so much energy and enthusiasm among everyone. This year has turned everything upside down for all of us. But, that doesn’t mean that we should not enjoy these festivals.
Festivals and celebrations always implies sweets. So, sweets have been an integral part of all our lives especially during festive season. And any dessert with chocolate is sure to impress the whole lot. I don’t think there will be anyone who doesn’t love chocolate, right?!
So, think about our favorite and traditional sweet, modak or kozhukattai as called in tamil made with our most favorite ingredient chocolate! I know you are all drooling now. But, this chocolate modak is worth drooling over. It is so delicious and out of the world. Yeah, i made it even more chocolate-y and fudgy!
Ooo.. I don’t know if the word chocolatey even exists. But, what else can I term this extra deliciousness of chocolate as. Yeah, you read that right. I added some melted chocolate in the recipe that gave the extra smoothness. Oh my good lord! This chocolate modak is fudgy! I mean not just normal fudgy, but like out of the universe fudgy and mouth-watering.
So, I had no clue on how to make this chocolate modak. All I knew was how I wanted the end result to be. I had condensed milk at home and so I was very sure that, condensed milk will be a part of all the ingredients. I mean I seriously did not even know the ingredients I was going to use until I used them. It was a full trial and error experiment but the only thing is that I did not want it to be an error.
I wanted definitive results. That I was very sure of because well duh! Today is Ganesha Chathurthi and I had to post this chocolate modak recipe today. So, after some point of time along my experimentation, I did get a very beautiful, silky and chocolate-y mixture. It was so very beautiful to see that but to make modaks it should be solid right.
So, I thought may be some crushed nuts of biscuits might do the trick. And thank god! I had these oreo biscuits at home. Thank god, we did not finish them this time! Oh so, I crushed them and added to this gorgeous looking chocolate mixture and yet that was not enough and I did not have any more oreo biscuits also to do the trick.
So, then I switched on to adding powdered nuts. Well not fully powdered. There were some chucks of nuts here and there and this made the final result amazing too! Anyways, after adding these powdered nuts, voila! The mixture came together forming a chocolate mass. And, this is the success story behind this chocolate modak recipe.
This is an amazing alternative to our traditional modak. Nothing van beat that though! Anyways, kids love it. That is important to note right?! So, try these at home for this festival. Ganesh Chathurthi is not a one day festival it is a long celebration for most of us. Enjoy them with your family along with this chocolate modak. Stay safe; stay healthy! Happy cooking and eating!
And to all those celebrating the festival, a very happy Ganesha Chathurthi people! May the lord bless you with abundance of happiness and an amazing health! While you are here, also checkout my other Indian sweet recipes to enjoy during these festival times.
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- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup milk powder
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 100 grams dark compound chocolate
- 3/4 cup crushed oreo cookies (or any other biscuit)
- 3/4 cup powdered almonds (or any other nuts of your choice)
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Mix it well to break any lumps.
- Remove the cream filling from the oreo cookies and powder the biscuits.
- Powder raw almonds and keep it aside until further use.
- In a wide kadai, add milk and cocoa powder. Mix well without any lumps.
- Add milk powder to the chocolate milk and mix well avoiding lumps. Keep the kadai on heat and bring it to a boil.
- Now add the melted chocolate and mix it thoroughly.
- Add the condensed milk and mix it well with the other contents. Let it cook on very low heat.
- Add the powdered cookies to the mixture in the kadai and mix well.
- Add the powdered nuts and mix it thoroughly.
- The mixture will now start to come together as a solid mass.
- Transfer it to a plat greased with ghee and let it cool down.
- When the mixture is cool enough to handle, grease the modak mould with some ghee.
- Stuff the mould with the chocolate modak mixture and press the mould together to form the modak shape. Let it set for sometime.
- Serve it warm or cold.
- Make sure the milk is pre-boiled and cold.
- While mixing the cocoa powder and milk powder, make sure that there are no lumps formed and also make sure that the kadai is not on flame.
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and mix it to make sure that the chocolate has melted evenly.
- Add condensed milk according to the sweetness of your choice.
- Instead of oreo cookies, you can even use marie biscuits of any digestive biscuits.
- Instead of almond, use any other nut of your choice or even a combination of nuts can be used.
- You can also add some dessicated or fresh coconut. If adding then reduce the amount of powdered cookies or nuts and substitute for the same.
- After adding the powdered cookies and nuts, do not cook the mixture for long as it results in a dense modak when cooked for a long time.
- The solid chocolate mixture tends to cook even after transferring to the plate because of the heat. So, do not cook for long. Ideal time to transfer it into a plate would be a few seconds after the mixture comes together.
- If you do not have a mould to make the modaks, then shape it by hand.