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moong dal modak
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Moong dal modak recipe

Moong dal modak Pasi paruppu pooranam kozhukattai is a flavourful pooranam snack, with yellow moong dal sweet stuffing inside a rice flour layer.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 15 modak


For pooranam

  • ¼ cup Moong dal
  • ½ cup Coconut
  • ½ cup Jaggery powdered
  • 1 Cardamom

For dough

  • ½ cup Raw rice flour/ Idiyappam flour
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame oil
  • Water as needed


  • Roast moong dal until golden in colour in medium flame.
  • Pressure cook with 1 cup water, upto 4 whistles in medium flame. Mash it once done.
  • Heat jaggery, with water just to immerse it.
  • Once dissolved, filter through a metal strainer and continue heating in a heavy bottomed pan.
  • Once the syrup is frothy, add mashed dal and mix well.
  • Add coconut, cardamom and keep cooking until the mixture thickens and becomes a mass.
  • For outer layer dough, boil water well until it bubbles.
  • Add it to the idiyappam flour in a mixing bowl, with sesame oil and salt (my flour had salt in it, so did not add).
  • Add hot boiling water little by little and mix with a ladle. Keep aside closed with lid.
  • Once warm enough to handle, add little more sesame oil and knead the dough smoothly.
  • Divide into equal sized balls. (12-14 ). Keep covered all the times.
  • By now the pooranam would have cooled down. Knead smoothly and roll into equal sized balls.
  • Make bowl shape with the dough.
  • Stuff with pooranam and cover the pooranam from all sides. Gather on top. Seal properly and hape to modaks.
  • Arrange in a greased steamer plate/ Idli plate (I used my idliyappam steamer).
  • Steam for 5-8 minutes or until the outer cover gets shiny.



  • Keep the dough covered all the time to avoid cracking.
  • Make sure to select really fine rice flour (my idiyappam flour is really a fine one- Baba’s) so that it gets cooked almost when you add hot water while kneading.
  • To get the outer layer soft, its important to boil water well for making the dough.
  • If the dough is not cooked well, you may not be able to make the cups properly and will break while making.
  • To check if the kozhukattais are done, it will be shiny and changed in color.