Sunday, September 4, 2016

Whole-wheat Modak

Whole-wheat Modak

pic:sanjana kodical

Outer Covering
Wholewheat flour - 1 cup
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Warm water - 1/4 cup (more if required)

Fresh coconut (grated) - 1 cup
Jaggery (grated or powder) - 3/4 cup
Elaichi powder - 1 tsp

Outer Covering
Add salt and oil to the flour
Mix well
Add warm water to form a dough
It should be slightly tighter than a chapati dough
Keep it covered for 30 mins

Coconut filling
Mix coconut and jaggery in a non-stick pan
Heat with constant stirring till jaggery melts and blends well with the coconut
Add elaichi powder

Peanut filling
Peanuts (roasted and ground) - 1/2 cup
Jaggery powder - 1/2 cup
Mix the two in a non-stick pan till jaggery melts and blends well with the peanut powder

Make small balls out of the dough
Roll out each ball to make poories
It should not be too thin
Stuff each poori with the jaggery or peanut filling
Shape into modaks

Steam for 25 to 30 mins on medium flame till the modaks look translucent

Preheat oven to 170 degrees C
Brush each modak with little oil or melted ghee
Bake them for about 20 mins
Let it cool in the oven

Health benefits of fibre
Blood sugar control. Slows down absorption of sugar in the body
Treats and prevents constipation
Helps in the digestive process

Health benefits of coconut oil
Contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) which are used as quick source of energy, not stored as fat
Has an appetite reducing effect
Helps in weight loss
Kickstarts thyroid gland functioning
MCTs also have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders

Health benefits of peanuts
Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good cholesterol)
Contains MUFA (mono-unsaturated fatty acids) that prevents heart diseases
Rich in proteins. Good for growth and development
Has antioxidant resveratrol which prevents heart diseases, cancers, nervous diseases and viral or fungal infections
Has vitamin E which protects cells from free radicals
Has Vitamin B complex

Has minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium and zinc which play an important role in different body functions 

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