Mothagam in Tamil – How to make rice rava modak recipe

Written by: Kannathal chinniah

Mothagam  – Sweet modak – Rice rawa modak

Modhagam kolukattai specially made for Ganesh Chaturthi, which is prepared from jaggery, rice rawa and moong dhal. In this mothagam kozhukattai recipe, I have used suji rice rawa. You could replace it with broken raw rice. Tamil video of this recipe is embedded below. Enjoy this sweet modak.


Sooji rava ( kesari rava ) / semolina – 1 cup

Jaggery – 3/4 cup

Moong dhal ( paasi paruppu ) – 1/4 cup

Grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Rice flour – 2 tbsp

Cardamom pdr – 1/2 tsp

Cashews – 12 to 15 ( optional )

Butter or ghee – 1 tbsp


1. Pressure cook the moong dal with required water . Do not let it become either mushy or grainy. It should be cooked like freshly bloomed flower. Set aside. If the cooked moong dal holds excess water, reserve it for later use.

2. Dry fry the rice rawa for 2 minutes on low flame. Stir continuously.

3. Heat 1/2 tsp of ghee, fry cashews and grated coconut. Set aside.

4. Boil jaggery with very little water ( 3 to 4 tbsp ), Once it dissolves in water allow it boil for 2 or 3 minutes on high flame. Turn off the flame before it reaches string consistency.

5. In a pan heat 2  1/2  cups of water ( for 1 cup rice rawa ).  If the cooked moong dal holds excess water you can use it to cook this rice rawa.  Once it starts boiling, add rawa little by little and stir continuously to avoid forming lumps. Now add cooked moong dal and rice flour. Mix them well. Now the flame should be on low mode.

6. If the mothagam mixture reaches chapathi dough consistency, turn off the flame. Add fried cashews, coconut and jaggery syrup. Mix well. Because of jaggery syrup, the rice rawa will loosen up in its texture, but after cooling it down to room temperature it will turn as before ( like chapathi dough )

7. Grease your palm with ghee, make small balls from the modhagam mixture.

8. Steam this mothagam balls for 10 minutes on high flame. Chaturthi sweet modak is ready to enjoy.

Written by: Kannathal chinniah

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