Modhakam on Ganesha Chathurthi

Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Joyful Ganesha Chathurthi!

Modhakam/ Laddukam – Sanskrit terminology for this sweet meat. We chant Laddukapriya ya Namaha!

Kollukattai – Tamil

Mooshika Vahana Modhaha Hastha – This manthra is chanted to Lord Ganesha, it defines Lord Ganesha.

Mooshika Vahana – The rat (Lord Ganesha’s vehicle)

Mothaha Hastha – Holds the Modhakam in one hand (as seen in the above photo)


One of Ganesha’s favourite sweet dish is the Mothakam, thus on this day of Ganesha Chathurthi we offer this dish to Lord Ganesha. Another mantra is chanted when offering this prasaadham ” Modhaha priya ya namaha! ” This  dish contains all kinds of nutrients that the body needs.

Source of Photo:

The Modhakam is made up of two layers:

1) Flour dough moulded into a bowl

2) Pooranam put inside the bowl and close the bowl and we steam it

Nutrients included: 

Rice flour paste – carbohydrate
coconut – fat
Dhal – protein
Jaggery – sucrose/glucose

This dish is a perfectly balanced food and is one of Lord Ganesha’s philosophies.

I was watching my amma and appa make the mothakam and I took a short video of my appa making the bowl part of the dish.


  • Roasted red rice flour 2 cups
  • Green gram dhal 1 cup skinned and cleaned
  • Jaggery 200 g
  • Cardamom powder ½ teaspoons
  • Coconut scrapped 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Water


  •  Dry roast the green gram and boil this in water, until it becomes soft.
  • Drain well and let it cool.  Powder or scrape the jaggery.
  • Mix the cooked green gram, jaggery, coconut, cardamom powder and salt together to form a homogeneous mixture.
  • To the rice flour, add salt and mix with boiling water into dough using just enough water.
  • The dough should be soft and pliable but not watery.
  • With lime sized dough in the hands, flatten to a round disc and make it into a cup shape.
  • Take care not to make it thin anywhere. It should be the same thickness everywhere.
  • In the middle, place a spoonful of the dhal mixture, cover and press the edges of the dough disc together to seal firmly to form a semi lunar shape.
  • Steam these few at a time carefully.
  • These might tend to break up if the dough cups are not thick enough.
  • To make Mothakam, the edges of the flattened dough should be gathered together to form a small cone at the top to take the form of a small ball. Thus the bowl becomes ball.
  • Steam them well.

Have a blessed day!




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