Saturday, August 27, 2011

Modakam / Sukhiyan

Modakam / Sukhiyan

Isn't it interesting to observe how the same dish is called by different names in different parts? ...... Today's is one such sweet snack from Kerala which is called Modakam towards  my home town and Sukhiyan towards the northern parts... 

Whatever be the name is , we love to have this healthy n tasty snack quite often for our evening tea... 

This is one recipe which became a flop many times in my kitchen simply because of my carelessness in cooking green gram to the right consistency required for the recipe...I get absent minded with the amount of water or the number of whistles while it is getting cooked in the pressure cooker...So never got to get some decent snaps to share at Panchamrutham.

Today I was patient enough with the work , managed to take some snaps and finally it is ready to be posted....

Just one change that I made from the normal or the so called standard method is that I used wheat flour for the outer coating instead of maida / plain flour.....

Here is the recipe....

  1. Whole green gram                       - 1 cup
  2. Water to cook gram                    - 2 cups [important]
  3. Powdered  Jaggery                     - 1/2 cup 
  4. Cardamom Pods                          - 10 nos
  5. Whole wheat flour                       - 3/4 cup 
  6. Salt                                                - 1/2 tsp
  7. Turmeric Powder                       - 1/4 tsp
  8. Water to make batter                - 3/4 cup
  9. Oil                                                 -  enough for frying
Modakam / Sukhiyan Preparation

  1. Wash and cook the green gram with water in a pressure cooker. It took about 5-6 whistles for me. [ If you soak the gram for 2-3 hrs before , you can reduce the cooking time. Take cake not to over cook it. So the amount of water and time is important here.]
  2. Allow the cooked gram to cool and then take it in a bowl. It should be dry without any moisture as in the pic. 
  3. Add grated jaggery and cardamom powder to this and mix well.
  4. Take a handful of it and make small balls and keep aside.
  5. Take wheat flour in a small bowl and add salt and turmeric powder to it.
  6. Add water little by little and make a smooth lump free batter. It should be thick enough to form a nice coating over the gram balls.
  7. To start with the frying, heat a wide mouth pan and add oil.
  8. Dip each of the balls in the batter , get them coated uniformly without any patch and start frying in the oil. Keep the oil on a medium high.
  9. Turn over to get both sides done.
  10. Once they become light brownish in color , take out from oil and drain on a paper towel.

Note : I could make 12 mokadams from the recipe

Modakam / Sukhiyan

Enjoy this healthy snack with a cup of hot tea.


  1. One of my fav tea time snack!! Soo craving for it now!! Urs looks perfect!!

  2. woww... such a delicious and tempting recipe.. looks awesome dear :)
    Indian Cuisine

  3. Looks awesome and so yummy!

  4. Love this sukhiyan anytime,feel like having some..

  5. Thisis new for me. :) looks yum

  6. This is one of my favorite...very nicely made

  7. My all time fav...reminds me of my mom's. :)

  8. Wow,delicious and tempting snack..beautiful clicks

  9. Great n new recipe ~ it sounds so addictive!
    US Masala


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