[ctt template=”8″ link=”348Mv” via=”yes” ]No state in India celebrates the annual Ganpati Festival with as much festive fervour as Maharashtra does! [/ctt]The days leading up to the actual 11 days of everyone’s favorite God have all households bringing the Lord home busy. Cleaning up the house, decorating it, choosing a special place for the remover of obstacles to be seated on AND making his favorite food, the Modak.
In Maharashtra Modak’s come in many forms. The sweet ones made with Mawa, deep Fried one, even Chocolate Modaks, traditional stuffed Modaks with different fillings and my most favorite, The Ukdiche Modak.
Ukdiche Modak is a steamed version of this sinful sweet that we get to eat once a year. Rice flour is cooked in hot water till it is done and then kneaded into a dough. This dough is used to make little balls which are rolled out into a small roti.
A mix of Jaggery and Coconut, with a hint of Cardamom, is prepared and cooled. This rich brown and ridiculously delicious mix is kept in the middle of the rice flour roti which is then delicately wrapped around it to form a pattern.
Experienced hands form a beautiful pattern while novices like me try their best (pic above) or use a ready mould like I have done in the 1st pic.
This Ukdiche Modak is then steamed till it is done and eaten with warm melted ghee. It is also known as Kadubu in Kannada.
Being Understanding is more of a disadvantage than it is an advantage, is what I have been realising lately. People arrive late, and you understand that there could be traffic and not that they are just being tardy.
People are rude to you, and you understand that that is how they’ve been brought up, and not that they mind their manners when they are with someone who is perhaps not as understanding as you are.
Friends take you for granted, and you understand that everyone has busy lives, and not the fact that they are always around when they need you.
People filch your ideas, and you understand that maybe they were ‘inspired’ and dismiss the fact that they are lazy thieves.
Out of all this understanding the one thing I have finally understood is, believe people when they show you what they are and don’t try to paint a different picture of them from the colours of your Understanding.