From Modak to Magic: India's delectable regional remixes

Join us on a delectable journey across India as we unravel the delightful regional variations of modak on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi

18 Sep 2023

Modak, the Ganesh Chaturthi superstar, has a hidden secret – its ingredients can be transformed into an array of lip-smacking regional delights. These tantalising treats are not your average modak – they're modak's cool cousins!

Join us on a culinary rollercoaster as we explore the regional varieties of modak: Kozhukattai, Kudumu, Manda Pitha, Kadubu, Therali Appam, and Karjikai.


From the land of Tamil Nadu comes Kozhukattai, where modak ingredients take a savoury spin. Picture rice flour dough blended with grated coconut, tempered with mustard seeds, lentils, and spices, then steamed to perfection. Satisfy all your cravings with just one bite!


Down South in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, modak's ingredients get a spicy makeover in the form of Kudumu. These steamy rice dumplings are filled with a fiery mixture of grated coconut, red chilli powder, and a whirlwind of spices. It's modak with a kick!

Manda Pitha

Odisha's Manda Pitha dances to its own sweet tune. Rice flour dough teams up with jaggery and grated coconut to create a sweet, nutty filling. It's like a sugar-coated hug for your taste buds, especially during Raja Sankranti.


Karnataka knows how to crank up the flavour with Kadubu. Instead of dumplings, they craft crispy, basket-like structures from the dough. These edible baskets are then loaded with a mix of lentils, spices, and coconut. This crunchy treat is a must-try during Ganesha's visit!

Therali Appam

Kerala flaunts its culinary prowess with Therali Appam. The modak ingredients transform into sweet, fragrant parcels wrapped in fragrant screwpine leaves. Rice flour, jaggery, grated coconut, and cardamom join forces to create a fragrant and unforgettable experience for your taste buds.


Karnataka dishes out yet another delight – Karjikai. These half-moon-shaped sweets add an intriguing twist to the modak. The dough is fused with roasted chana dal, coconut, and jaggery, and then deep-fried to perfection.

The next time you savour a modak or any of its regional counterparts, remember the incredible versatility of these ingredients. This Ganesh Chaturthi, go ahead and try your hand at these delectable treats to experience India's culinary creativity for yourself. Bon appétit!

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