The official modak season is here, with Ganesh Utsav celebrations starting September 17. Every year, this traditional mithai — originally made of rice flour, and coconut and jaggery — undergoes a makeover. This time too, Mumbai restaurants and delivery services are offering some out-of-the-box versions of the much-loved item. These varieties are made with oreos, dry fruits and chocolates, or come laden with maple syrup. Go on, take your pick.
Palate Culinary Studio, Santacruz (W) is serving a large variety of sweets — Modak Chocolate Tea Cups, Chocolate Peda Dome, Dry Fruit Coins, Fudgy Peda Cups, Mithai Cake Jar with Chocolate Spoon and even Modak Pops — for the event. The sweets, made by Chef Rakhee Vaswani, can be made on order. While Fudgy Peda Cups and Dry Fruit Coins are for Rs50, Mithai Cake Jars start at Rs275.
Dry fruit Modak
The savoury Modak Chat Pat comes with a spinach and cheese filling. Steamed and deep-fried options of the dish are also available. Head to Masalazone’s outlets in Bandra (W) or Dadar (W). Prices start at Rs200.
While you can always order the traditional Ukadiche Modaks, Vedge, Andheri (W), is also offering Mawa Modaks, which replace the original filling with mawa and a hint of saffron. Also available is the Chocolate And Walnut Modak, along with Date Modak, which have been made especially for diabetics.
Get a hold of an all-chocolate Modak box, which is only available till September 27 at all city outlets of Cakebred. Each box is priced at Rs160, and contains five pieces. These are available in flavours like almond, cashew and hazelnut.
Chocolate Modak served at Cakebred
Love your waffles? Then dig into the special dessert that Out Of The Blue, Khar (W), is serving. The Waffle Modak (Rs300) is a spin on the original dish. It comes with a waffle, which is decked with traditional coconut and jaggery modaks. The dish will be topped off with warm maple syrup and whipped cream.
Rice kheer is another traditional dish that is prepared during Ganeshotsav. This time around, The Resort in Madh-Marve, is offering the same, but with a twist. Made specially for the festival, the hotel’s new take on the kheer is called the Madhur Milan, which comprises three separate desserts — boondi, rabdi and gulab jamun. It is available for Rs250.
Modak with fruit
City outlets of 38 Bangkok Street are serving Chocolate Modak with Fruit Couille, a dish that comes with fresh fruit, and is made using white and dark chocolate.
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Modak made with Fruit Couille
Modaks at your doorstep
Tiny Owl: Over a period of 11 days, this mobile food-ordering app is offering a new modak every day. These original varieties have been made by home chefs. Order two modaks for Rs60, and you can try a different variation every day, including Butterscotch Modaks, Motichoor Modaks, Anjeer And Khus Khus Modaks, Oreo Modaks and Nutella Modaks.
Made with pindo khoya and dry fruits, dipped in saffron-flavoured syrup, and topped with almond flakes, the Shahi Mava Samosa at Made In Punjab, Malad (W), is being served especially during Ganpati. Guests can also try the Almond Banana Kheer, which is made using elaichi bananas.