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I believe that salt is to food, what food is to life. In right proportions, it can heighten the taste of what you eat..and in the wrong - destroy! Even the most delicious sweets come added with some salt...to taste!

As for me, I've never enjoyed cooking. And as contrary to my owning a food-blog as it may sound, I always think about daily, routine cooking as a chore. But my tryst with the pots and pans began when I got a kitchen all to myself...I began experimenting and exploring new worlds in my own home. Some outcomes were excellent and some plain disasters. Then sprouted the need to keep track of all those good ones...and hence this blog!

Here, I share those experiments that pleased more than one palate!

September 15, 2011

Baked Coconut Bites - Modak Makeover (Egg-less)

To say Lord Ganeshji is the most adaptable would be an understatement. He's been disguised into so many avatars by us humans every year when Ganesh Chaturti comes along. Ambedkar Ganapati, Cycle Ganapati, Computer Ganapati... I mean seriously?! God really has patience with us humans for all the antics we show him.

With all that said, every year, we all serve him with the one thing that's considered his favourite food - Modak. I personally love modaks, too. I made them for Ganesh Chaturti (and forgot to click pics to post it here, but will make it for you all again soon!) and they were over in the blink of an eye even with a minor glitch in them.

But here's what happened. I ended up having extra Modak filling. Plus, like I mentioned earlier about the slight mistake I'd done - I had used shredded dry coconut instead of grated dry coconut and my filling turned out to be very dry. Still, I'd say the modaks tasted good because the jaggery/gud melted when the modaks were steamed.

So, what do you do when you have left-over Modak filling? Of course, eating it up as is can be one idea. But, how about transforming it into something else? Like these crunchy baked coconut bites?

Now, we're talking. And, you agree don't ya? These coconut-y bites are so easy to make you could even use your gooey modak filling for the same as well. Just add more flour to aid in binding. I know Ganesh Chaturti was over two weeks ago. But hey, won't you just make that filling again to eat these crunchy munchies??

- 2 1/2 heaping cups of modak filing (OR 1 3/4 Cup shredded coconut  and 1 1/4 Cup Powdered jaggery mixed together along with 1/4 Cup powdered split chana dalia/putane)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 Cups flour (Use more in case the dough is not binding)
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1/2 Cup Cooking oil

- Preheat oven to 350F and line cookie/baking sheet with parchment/wax paper
- Simply mix all ingredients in a large bowl until homogeneous
- Drop spoonfuls of dough on to prepared baking sheet with a one inch space in between any two bites
- Bake for about 15 minutes or slightly spring-y to touch. Do not over-bake as they burn quickly
- Cool on wire-rack completely before serving

Makes 24 coconut bites


  1. You have ably transformed them into coconut macaroons :) One of my most fav sweets. I am bookmarking this for the next occasion - but with 2 teenage kids, and a hubby with a penchant for sweet stuff, any leftover stuffing vanishes before I have had a chance to say Jack Robinson :)
    Enjoyable post! cheers, priya

  2. wow very nice recipe,love this totally...

  3. Looks so perfect ....nice recipe

  4. Wow looks incredible and too brilliant..

  5. nice recipe...looks truly delicious

    Aarthi @munchmunchcrunchcrunch
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  6. Just mouthwatering....looks so easy to prepare and delicious!