How to prepare chana dal pooranam
You need 3 basic ingredients to make this delicious poornam. Of course I like to eat this pooranam very much before filling in the modagam. So I always keep some pooranam to eat as it is. After offering to the God, we( me and my son) enjoy this pooranam. This is the same pooranam we prepare for sushiyam dessert for Diwali.
- The First thing you will want to pressure cook the chana dal. If you soak the dal for 30 to 45 minutes, then it will be perfect for mashing. Do not add more water for pressure cooking. Then mash the dals with a wooden spatula or a ladle.
In a separate bowl, dissolve the jaggery with little water and keep it ready. The grated coconuts are roasted in a kadai for a few minutes and then add the jaggery syrup to the coconut. After that add the mashed dal and stir until the mixture resembles like a thick upma. Remove from heat and keep it covered until you prepare the modagam. If you prepare these methods with a little patience you can get perfect results. As I said in many of my recipes, try to use good quality jaggery and fresh grated coconut for our traditional dishes.
How to prepare the modagam dough
Making outer cover for modagam requires just 3 ingredients like rice flour, water and gingely oil. There are many methods to make the dough, but I find this is the easiest way. In this recipe, I have used homemade idiyappam flour, you can also use store bought kozhukattai flour or rice flour. Combine rice flour along with the hot water in a bowl. Mix them with a ladle and when it’s warm enough to handle knead it into a smooth dough. Making modagam requires some time. If your kids or husband like to prepare, you can ask them to prepare the balls for the modagam. The main thing you need to remember while making modagam is that you have to flatten the circles thinly with thick centre. If you practice, it will be easy to prepare. Now let’s see how to prepare Chana dal modagam with step by step instructions. The pictures and videos were taken on different days, so the lightings and the steps may vary a little in the video.
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Chana Dal Modak - Kadalai Paruppu Modagam Recipe Details
Here is the video for Chana Dal Modagam
Chana Dal Modak - Kadalai Paruppu Modagam with step by step photos
Rinse the chana dal in cold water for two times and add it to the pressure cooker along with 1/2 cup of water. Soak it for 45 minutes and pressure cook the dal for 10 to 12 minutes on medium heat. No need to worry about the whistles. Let them to whistle for 10 to 15 whistles.
Reduce the heat and keep a strainer on the top of the kadai and add the jaggery syrup.
Stir it well with the coconut and add the mashed dal to it. Mix it well with the jaggery coconut mixture.
Add the cardamom powder and stir well until there is no water in the chana dal mixture. After a few minutes it will get thick and turn off the heat.
Add 1 tbsp gingely oil over the rice flour and add the hot water gradually. Mix it with a spatula or a spoon.
Allow the dough to slightly cool down and knead the dough when it its warm. Knead it to a soft and smooth dough. Allow the dough to rest for 5 to 7 minutes.
When the chana dal mixture has cooled, prepare small balls as shown in the picture below.
Now make small balls from the rice flour dough. Apply a drop of oil in your palm and shape them into smooth balls.
Next gently press the ball and flatten it with your fingers. If it is difficult to flatten, rub some gingely oil in your fingers and then flatten it. Then place the chana dal pooranam in the centre and bring all the edges together. Prepare all the remaining modagams in this way.
Add 1 to 2 cups of water in an idly pot. Let the water boil for 5 minutes. Place the modagams on a greased idly plates. When the water starts boiling, place the idly plates in the pot. Cover and cook for 7 to 9 minutes on medium heat.
Wish you all a Happy Ganesh Chathurthi. Hope this post will be helpful to you and if you try this recipe leave your feedbacks below.