For the occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi I wanted to try out different varieties of Modaks. This is the first recipe in the series: Dates & Paneer Modak. A yummy and healthy Modak, made with dates and cream for the outer cover and paneer mixture for the filling. This is adapted from my nom’s recipe for dates Ladoo.
1/4 cup milk
200 gm dates ( around 20 dates )
2 tablespoons dry coconut, finely grated or desiccated
3/4 cups paneer
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
Boil milk in a thick vessel. Add dates, stir till the dates become pulpy. Add and mix half of the grated coconut. Remove from stove, mash really well and cool the mixture for sometime.
Take paneer, sugar and cardamom in a shallow dish and mash to a fine paste. Keep aside
Make equal number of portions using the dates mixture and paneer mixture. ( I got 10 each for the dates and paneer mixture)
Take one portion of date and flatten it on your palm. Put one ball of paneer in the centre and cover it, shaping it like a Modak. The dates mixture must be mashed really well to get a nice Modak shape.
Roll each one in grated coconut and keep refrigerated till serving time.