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Gluten-free sweet dumplings stuffed with grated coconut and jaggery ~ An easy, healthy and tasty Indian dessert recipe

Updated on January 11, 2013
Sweet dumplings stuffed with grated coconut and jaggery
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4.9 stars from 8 ratings of sweet dumplings stuffed with grated coconut and jaggery
Notice the round white ball-like sweet dumpling in God Ganesha's hand in my glass painted photograph-frame. It is his favorite sweet!
Notice the round white ball-like sweet dumpling in God Ganesha's hand in my glass painted photograph-frame. It is his favorite sweet! | Source

About this Indian sweet dish

The sweet dumplings filled with grated coconut and jaggery also known as whole cane sugar, is a well-liked sweet delicacy in India, particularly in the western and southern regions. In India, this sweet dumpling is commonly called modak. The sweet dumpling is famously considered as the favorite sweetmeat of God Ganesha, one of the most widely worshipped Hindu gods of India. You can notice the icons of God Ganesha, either carrying a sweet dumpling in his hand or a plate piled with sweet dumplings served in front of him. Every year, God Ganesha's birthday is celebrated on any set date between August and September. The sweet dumplings are prepared especially on this god's birthday as an appeasing offering to God Ganesha. The sweet dumplings are not only delicious but also nutritious, gluten-free and diet-friendly due to the main fact that it is a steamed dessert dish which is advantageous for the health-conscious and weight-watchers alike. This sweet dish is also diabetic-friendly, provided it is eaten in moderation.



My sweet memories

I have a sweet tooth for both Indian sweets and international desserts. When I was a child, my mother used to make a variety of delectable sweets at home. One of my many favorite sweets included sweet dumplings. I recall that about ten years ago, God Ganesha's birthday fell on my birthday. As my birthday special, I ate about fifteen sweet dumplings! What I like about this sweet confection is that when it is bitten, its gooey filling oozes out, tantalizes one's taste-buds and easily satisfies one's craving for sweets without bothering about calories. This sweet dish is also an ideal anytime snack which you can pop in your mouth and enjoy them à la Nigella Lawson.

God Shiva with his wife Goddess Parvati and his two sons, God Ganesha and God Karthik. See God Ganesha holding a plate of sweet dumplings.
God Shiva with his wife Goddess Parvati and his two sons, God Ganesha and God Karthik. See God Ganesha holding a plate of sweet dumplings. | Source

How the sweet dumpling became God Ganesha's favorite sweet

According to Hindu mythology, the demi-gods decided to pay God Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati a visit. They brought with them a special sweet dumpling named modak as a gift for the divine couple. It was said that whoever ate this sweet dumpling, will possess all the worldly knowledge. Goddess Parvati decided to give this sweet dumpling to her sons, God Karthik and God Ganesha. Her sons, then young children, refused to share the sweet dumpling and each wanted it for himself. Goddess Parvati, first perplexed, then came up with an idea and told her sons that whoever has the deepest devotion and respect will win the sweet dumpling. God Karthik mounted his peacock and set off on a pilgrimage to many important holy places in the world. God Ganesha, born with sharp intellect and wit, told his mother that he considered his parents' abode as the most important holy place and there is no need to visit other holy places. Goddess Parvati, pleased with her younger son's words, gave him the sweet dumpling. God Karthik, on knowing this, accepted his defeat. God Ganesha considered the sweet dumpling his utmost favorite sweet as it was given by his beloved mother.

Cook Time

Prep time: 50 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 14 sweet dumplings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of grated coconut
  • 200 grams of jaggery
  • 300 grams of gluten-free and organic rice flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • 2 teaspoons of clarified butter (ghee)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil, or vegetable oil(optional)

Nutritional information of these five ingredients

As per my meticulous research, all these five key ingredients are rich sources of manganese. The presence of sodium content in all five ingredients is extremely low. The major advantage of this recipe is that with all these ingredients (except clarified butter, if consumed in limited quantity, helps in lowering serum cholesterol), the whole sweet dish is low in cholesterol. In spite of coconut and clarified butter being high in saturated fats (and the remaining ingredients low in saturated fats), this sweet dish is nourishing and wholesome.

The importance of these five ingredients in Indian cuisine

  • Rice flour: It is rice powder produced either from white rice or brown rice. It is already processed and ready-to-use. It is available in organic food markets. It is used in making steamed food dishes, pancakes, patties and several other dishes.
  • Jaggery: It is a raw lump of organic whole cane sugar obtained from sugarcane or date palm tree. It is used in making a variety of sweets and curry dishes. It is available in several countries and is called by different names such as panela in Latin America, rapadura in Brazil, raspadura in Cuba and panocha in Spain
  • Coconut: It is a popular fruit grown in many tropical areas of India. It is commonly used in creating many staple dishes and sweet confections.
  • Green cardamoms: They are one of the most costly spices ever produced. They are often used to impart a certain taste and distinctive flavor to the sweets and spicy dishes.
  • Ghee: It is also known as clarified butter and is made from melting butter. It is frequently used in numerous dishes and sweets to ensure the richness and unique taste of Indian food.

For more helpful information, visit the above mentioned ingredients in Wikipedia

Five key ingredients of this sweet recipe

Clarified butter(ghee), jaggery, coconut, rice flour and cardamom pods.
Clarified butter(ghee), jaggery, coconut, rice flour and cardamom pods. | Source

In this Youtube video, the popular chef-host of video cookbook 'Chef Tips' Jason Hill will teach you how to make clarified butter

Other available options

  • In case jaggery (raw whole cane sugar) is not available at your home, you can use pure honey or natural brown sugar as an healthy alternative.
  • To make clarified butter, you can make it from your own homemade butter or butter purchased at the local organic market. You can learn how to make it by either reading this article How to Make Clarified Butter on www.davidlebovitz.com or viewing the video alongside this capsule. Also if it is possible, you can buy authentic Indian ghee at Indian organic grocery stores available in your locality.
  • In case, the coconut is not available at your home or locality, you can buy a packet of shredded coconut at organic food markets.



Special tips

  • Have fun creating various shapes of rice flour dough, using your hand skills or molds. Remember to slightly grease the molds before placing the dough in them
  • For a crunchier and tastier version, you can add cashew-nuts, almonds, raisins, sesame seeds, many other nuts and dry fruits to the grated coconut and jaggery mixture.
  • You can make only grated coconut and jaggery balls and eat them. They are really nutritious and delicious. These sweets are extremely popular in rural India and are known as coconut jaggery laddoos. Your kids will love these sweets!

Step by step photos

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Grate the coconut kernel pieces in the mixer. Add the grated coconut and jaggery in a wok and cook them on medium flame for 10 minutesIn this photo, the jaggery melted and blended well with grated coconut. Make soft and firm rice flour doughFirst make dough balls, apply a little sunflower oil on your hand-palm and flatten these balls to form circular patty-like dough cakes. Take a small portion of the grated coconut and jaggery mixture and place it in the middle of the dough-cake. Fold the edges of the dough cakes and create turnip-like dumplings. I cooked the sweet dumplings in this traditional steamer for 10 minutes. You can cook your sweet dumplings in an electric steamer or microwave oven. Enjoy these sweet dumplings!
Grate the coconut kernel pieces in the mixer.
Grate the coconut kernel pieces in the mixer. | Source
Add the grated coconut and jaggery in a wok and cook them on medium flame for 10 minutes
Add the grated coconut and jaggery in a wok and cook them on medium flame for 10 minutes | Source
In this photo, the jaggery melted and blended well with grated coconut.
In this photo, the jaggery melted and blended well with grated coconut. | Source
Make soft and firm rice flour dough
Make soft and firm rice flour dough | Source
First make dough balls, apply a little sunflower oil on your hand-palm and flatten these balls to form circular patty-like dough cakes.
First make dough balls, apply a little sunflower oil on your hand-palm and flatten these balls to form circular patty-like dough cakes. | Source
Take a small portion of the grated coconut and jaggery mixture and place it in the middle of the dough-cake.
Take a small portion of the grated coconut and jaggery mixture and place it in the middle of the dough-cake. | Source
Fold the edges of the dough cakes and create turnip-like dumplings.
Fold the edges of the dough cakes and create turnip-like dumplings. | Source
I cooked the sweet dumplings in this traditional steamer for 10 minutes. You can cook your sweet dumplings in an electric steamer or microwave oven.
I cooked the sweet dumplings in this traditional steamer for 10 minutes. You can cook your sweet dumplings in an electric steamer or microwave oven. | Source
Enjoy these sweet dumplings!
Enjoy these sweet dumplings! | Source

Instructions

  1. Cut fresh coconut kernel into pieces and grate them in a mixer. Put the grated coconut and powdered jaggery in a wok and cook them on medium flame, stirring continuously for 10 minutes. The jaggery melts and nicely blends with the grated coconut to form a gooey mixture. Then add ghee and cardamom powder. After 5 minutes, set aside this mixture to cool off.
  2. For making soft rice flour dough, add lukewarm water, a pinch of salt and one teaspoon of sunflower oil to the rice flour and mix well.
  3. Make medium-sized dough balls and gently press them to create flat cakes. Dab a little sunflower oil in your hand-palm so that the dough cake come out well without sticking to your hand. For each dough cake, take a small amount of the coconut and jaggery mixture and place it in the middle of the dough cake. Fold the edges of the dough cake to form a turnip-like dumpling.
  4. Place all the sweet dumplings in the steamer and steam them for 10 minutes. You can also cook the sweet dumplings in a microwave oven. Check out the YouTube video about steaming the sweet dumplings in the microwave oven in the end of this instructions capsule (after eBay and Amazon capsules).
  5. Serve these sweet dumplings happily and relish them with all your heart!

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Learn how to make neat dough cakes and cook sweet dumplings in the microwave oven - an economical alternative to the steamer

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Dumpling stuffed with dry fruits and nuts | Source
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Dumpling stuffed with fruit pieces and drizzled with Nutella | Source

Other delicious alternative fillings for sweet dumplings

  • You can stuff sweet dumplings with chocolates (milk or dark), candies, fudge brownies, sweets, mini cakes, tarts, jam and many other sweet confections.
  • You can fill the dumplings with chopped dry fruits and nuts.
  • You can create fruit dumplings by making the fillings with a variety of cut fruits of your choice.
  • You can add condensed milk or chocolate sauce or sugar or cream or honey to the fruits filling or dry fruits and nuts filling.
  • You can drizzle a little chocolate sauce or honey on top of these dumplings to jazz up their taste.

Feel free to experiment with different fillings. You can make a variety of sweet dumplings, each with a different filling. After all, variety is the spice of life. Be adventurous with your sweet dumplings.

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Treat yourself with this delightful sweet dish!

This sweet dish is ideal for The Kids Cook Monday, parties and celebrations. This sweet dish is totally different from its international counterparts that it is completely gluten-free, hardly translucent, firm and nutritive. Enjoy this healthy sweet dish to your heart's content!

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Nutrition Facts for 14 sweet dumplings

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 14 pieces
Calories 2431
Calories from Fat540
% Daily Value *
Fat 60 g92%
Saturated fat 50 g250%
Unsaturated fat 5 g
Carbohydrates 452 g151%
Sugar 170 g
Fiber 22 g88%
Protein 23 g46%
Cholesterol 5 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    kelleyward 4 years ago

    Wow I read this hub and enjoyed it from the top to the bottom and then I saw the link you provided to my gluten-free hubs. Thank you so much! I've got to try these dumplings soon. I appreciate all the tips and detailed instructions you offered here. Also the substitutions will make it easier for me to make with what I can find where I live. Voted up, useful, interesting, and socially shared! Thanks again! Kelley

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    This is a sweet dessert that I have never eaten but it sounds good. I like coconut but my husband does not care for it in desserts. Hopefully I will be able to taste this dessert at an Indian restaurant someday. Your descriptions and photos of how to make these sweet dumplings are excellent. Like all of the alternative ingredients also. Thanks! Up votes and sharing.

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    Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi Ishwaryaa,

    Very good hub. This is one of my favorite dishes that I love to prepare and eat. You have done a meticulous job putting the recipe together along with a nice story.

    Voted up and shared. Cheers, Rema

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    You had me at gluten free! These look really good. I haven't eaten anything like that before. The closest thing I can think of are Pot Stickers. Excellent and it looks so appetizing! Sharing!

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    Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

    I should send this recipe to my sister. She is gluten free and is always looking for new ideas. Nice job.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    This looks delicious! I love how you added mythology with your recipe, and your own memories of it from childhood. Wonderful job of writing.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ kelleyward: Hi, these sweet dumplings are indeed healthy and tasty. Please let me know after you made them. After reading your excellent hub on authentic gluten-free food, the sweet dumplings, which are gluten-free, just popped into my mind and I decided to write about it. Your hub is an inspiration for me. Thank you very much. Again thank you for the visit and for your insightful comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Peggy W: Hi, making this sweet dessert is easy especially in the microwave oven. Hope you get to taste these sweet dumplings soon and please let me know about your opinion of this dessert. I like these sweet dumplings a lot. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi Ishwaryaa,

    Wonder why my comment (the first one here yesterday) has not appeared while the number of comments are shown as 8. I enjoyed your hub and shared it too. Anyway, good luck and take care. Cheers, Rema.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    remaniki: Hi, nice to hear that this is one of your favorite sweets. Even this sweet dish is one of my favorite sweets. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ remaniki: Sorry Madam. I set my comment settings so that I read the comments, approve them and only after that they appear in the newsfeed. I want to reply individually to each and every fellow-hubber-friend of mine. That is why I take time to read the comments and give a reply to each comment. Again sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you. Take care, Madam.

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    Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi Ishwaryaa,

    Absolutely no issues. I appreciate you taking time to respond every comment on your hubs. I was just wondering what happened to my comment and there is nothing else to it. Have a good day! Cheers, Rema.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ tammyswallow: Hi, this dessert is healthy and tasty. I like this sweet dish very much. I have tasted pot stickers in Hong Kong where I vacationed with my family. The pot stickers tasted delicious. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    These dumplings sound wonderful and I'm thrilled to have your authentic recipe! We have all the ingredients here and as you mentioned, jaggery is called panela here in Peru. I like the idea of adding cashews for a different twist. Voted up and shared!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Julie DeNeen: Welcome to HubPages! This gluten-free recipe is not only tasty but also healthy and diet-friendly. Please let me know after your sister tried this recipe. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ billybuc: Hi, yes this sweet dish is indeed delicious and also healthy. Please let me know after you tasted this sweet dish. Thank you for the visit and for your insightful comments. Take care

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    Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

    Great recipe, something that is definitely worth trying. These are. Also made in Thailand and south Korea, although of their own styles. They are great as snacks, desserts and light lunches.

    Shared, up and useful.

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    poojasd7 4 years ago from India

    My favorite sweet dish- Modak! In Marathi, we have different types of it(not aware of other regions)- made up of wheat flour (full of gluten) or khava (what is it called in English?). This one made up of rice flour is called as Ukadiche Modak.

    Loved the presentation and clarity of your recipe. Voted up and Awesomed it! :-)

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    Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

    This sounds like a really fun dessert to make and eat, and I love that it’s made without refined sugar. I haven’t seen jaggery by any of its names, but that could just be because I haven’t been looking. I will be on the lookout in the local Asian stores now, and if I can’t find it you have provided some good alternative suggestions.

    Thanks very much for sharing this recipe.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ remaniki: Thank you for understanding, Madam. Have a good day & life ahead.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ vespawoolf: Hi, good to know that you have all the ingredients, including panela available in your locality. Cashews will add an extra crunchiness and deliciousness to this sweet dish. Thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Melovy: Hi, please note that the other names of jaggery is panela (Latin America), raspadura (Cuba), rapadura (Brazil) and panocha (Spain). I am sure that these names are more available in your locality. Please check out for South American types in local South American stores if any in your locality. This sweet dish is easy, especially cooked in a microwave oven. Thank you for the visit and for your engaging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Brett.Tesol: Hi, good to see you. This recipe is tasty & healthy. Hope you try this sweet dish. I have eaten Chinese dumplings at some Chinese restaurants in my home-city and they are indeed tasty. When I vacationed in Singapore & Hong Kong with my parents, I tried their steamed dumplings filled with vegetables - so delicious! Yes, you are right about dumplings as a great any-time snack as well as desserts & light lunches. Thank you for the visit & for your engaging comments. Take care

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    KDuBarry03 4 years ago

    This is such a great recipe that I gotta try! Awesome job :)

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Hi, sweet dumplings sound absolutely delicious! I love coconut and this is definitely something I will try, voted up and thanks for sharing! nell

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    jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

    Great recipe- I would definitely like to try this. Voted up!

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    snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

    wow absolutely one of the best recipes!

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    IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    5 stars Ish.. This one looks very good!

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    BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

    I like the fact that this dish is gluten free.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ poojasd7: Welcome to HubPages! Nice to know from you being a fellow-Indian that this is your favorite sweet. This is one of my favorite sweets. The other name for Khava is khoya - delicious milk sweet. Yes, you are absolutely right - this one is called Ukadiche modak. You are very smart! Thank you for the read & for your insightful comments. Take care.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ KDuBarry03: Welcome to HubPages! This is a tasty & healthy recipe. Please let me know after you tried it. Hope you enjoy this dessert as much as I did! Thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Nell Rose: Hi, these sweet dumplings are indeed delicious! Like you, I also love coconut & coconut-based desserts & sweets including chocolates (Bounty). Please let me know after you tried this recipe. Take care

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    This surely will taste great. By the way, here in Nepal we use meat and vegetable stuffing in dumplings.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ jennzie: Hi, nice to hear that you like to try this recipe. Please let me know after you tried it. Thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ snowdrops: Hi, thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Please let me know after you tried it. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ unknown spy: Hi, thank you for the visit, for your encouraging comments & for the rating. Please let me know after you tried this dish. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ BlissfulWriter: Thank you for the visit and the read. Yes, this sweet dish is gluten-free & healthy. Hope you give this dish a try & let me know. Take care

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    shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

    this seems like a really healthy dessert

    thank you for sharing it

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    Alicia Blagrove 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! I'm making the tranistion to cooking with gluten-free products and this recipe looks delicious :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Vinaya Ghimire: Hi, I knew the name of your dumplings in Nepal - momos - am I right? These dumplings with meat & vegetable stuffing sound delicious. I would like to try this Nepali dish in the near future. Thank you for the visit, for your encouraging comments & sharing your food culture. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ shalini sharan: Hi, yes this is a healthy & tasty sweet dish. Please let me know after you tried this recipe. Thank you for the visit & for your engaging comments. Take care

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    Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    Great hub... these look mighty tasty. I am a big fan of coconut and have a real dangerous sweet tooth. These look like a tasty recipe that everyone would enjoy. Thanks for sharing a little bit more of your culture.

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    Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

    love these dumplings, ishwaryaa :)

    many votes indeed and sharing it across

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Alicia Blagrove: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. This is a gluten-free recipe & hope you try this recipe. Take care

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Hi Ishwaryaa. Very comprehensive hub. Its good that you included the story of hoe modak becam Lord Ganesha's favorite sweet. Thanks for sharing this sweet dumpling recipe with our foreign readers who will certainly like to try this out. You pictures make it so easy to follow too.

    Voted up, useful and beautiful. Sharing it forward.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ barbergirl28: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your engaging comments.Like you, I am fond of coconut and have a sweet tooth. Please let me know after you tried this sweet dish. Take care

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    spicenlove 4 years ago

    Use to buy at shop.. love this "Mothagam", Thank you for sharing dear, Will do at home :)

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    Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

    Vinayaka Chathurthi is nearing and you've prepared Lord Ganesha's favorite sweetmeat in advance!! hmmm.......your 'modak' or 'kozhakkattai' (Tamil) is calling me to taste it!

    You've nicely presented its making and the pictures look too good.

    Thanks for SHARING. Voted up useful and beautiful. Rated 5 stars.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Ruchira: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Nice to hear that you love this sweet dish. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ rajan jolly: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your insightful views. I enjoyed sharing my culture with many of our fellow-hubber-friends as well as I enjoyed learning different cultures from them! Take care

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Wow this looks so good. I sure hope I can find all the ingredients because I do intend to make this. Do you prefer white or brown rice flour?

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ spicenlove: Hi, thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Nice to hear that you love this sweet dish. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ radhikasree: Hi, yes Vinayaka Chathurthi is nearing and we celebrate this festival with much fervour! You are a very good cook by the way of your nice recipe hubs and undoubtedly you make tasty modak. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

    All in one!!!

    Everything about "modak" in one article......

    Nicely written.....

    Thanks for sharing

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    thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

    Ish, you did it again! This is like the best food hub I've ever read. What makes this hub very special is the fact that it's filled not only with mouth-watering videos and pictures, but also, with enchanting history and Indian mythology. I was really fascinated with how modak has been significant in your culture and the story of God Ganesha.

    Reading this hub is true bliss. I hope to try this recipe one of these days. Great job sis! Voting this up and sharing. :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Jackie Lynnley: Hi, for this recipe I used white rice flour - it is commonly used in this sweet dish. You can use brown rice flour. Please let me know after you tried it. Thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ thumbi7: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    molometer 4 years ago

    I have actually had some of these sweet dumplings and they are very tasty. Thanks for letting us have the recipe.

    Voted up and SHARING everywhere.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ thesingernurse: Hi Tina, this sweet is the favorite sweet of God Ganesha, the important Hindu god of India. This is one of my favorite sweets. Please let me know after you tried this sweet dish- it is healthy and tasty. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I love your recipe and I can't wait to make it soon. I'll share with my mom. Thanks for writing this hub. Voted up!

    Prasetio

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ molometer: Hi, nice to know that you already had tasted this sweet dish. I am very sure that your wife will make delicious sweet dumplings at home. Thank you for the visit & for your engaging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ prasetio30: Hi, thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Please let me know after you tasted this healthy sweet dish. Take care

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    greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

    Sound delicious I have bookmarked this page, and definitely will try this recipe at home... Voted Up for interesting!

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    My husband is a fan of dumplings. I never had them, but your recipe looks delicious. Well done and shared! :)

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    Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Kozhukatta happens to be one of my favorites too! Voted up...

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ greeneryday: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Hope you enjoy this sweet dish as much as I did! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Sunshine625: Hi, nice to know that your husband is a fan of dumplings and I am sure that he will be happy with this healthy and sweet recipe. Please let me know after you tried this dessert dish. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Anamika S: Hi, nice to know that this sweet dish is one of your favorites. Even it is one of my favorite sweets. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I love dumpling but have never had this stuffing. I don't know though if jaggery is available here in Southern California. Voting this Up and Interesting. SHARED.

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    Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

    This treat certainly sounds delicious and the way you describe it makes a person want to try it for sure! Very thorough and well-written piece, interesting to learn about the cultural significance of these dumplings and also their nutritional value.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ alocsin: Hi, other names for jaggery are panela (Latin America), panocha (Spain), raspadura (Cuba) and rapadura (Brazil). If possible, you may find these names in local South American/Latin stores near your home. Otherwise, you can use pure honey or natural brown sugar as alternatives to jaggery. Hope this is helpful for you. Thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ NateB11: Thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Hope you give this sweet recipe a try to enjoy it as much as I did. Take care

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Hooray to you and to Kelley for gluten free recipes! You don't realize it but you're helping out a lot of people who can't have gluten. To top it off this is a great recipe that sounds delicious.

    Your hub was a pleasure to read with the history you included.

    Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. Shared with my followers.

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    Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    These look absolutely beautiful, and your instructions, photos, and videos give me all the information I need to make a dish I've never heard of or seen before. Extra-special for me is that they are gluten-free. Up, useful, interesting, and shared. :)

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    Emma 4 years ago from UK

    Delicious. I thought the way they looked would put me off because we are so use to seeing everything golden brown in the UK. Yet when you described them and the ingredients make me want to make them like NOW!

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    Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

    Ish,

    Thanks for publishing this recipe. It looks like something I'll have to try.

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

    Beautiful Hub! I love anything gluten free as I have many friends who can only eat gluten free foods. I am always looking for recipes to share with them. Thank you for sharing this recipe as well as your culture with us. Lisa

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    Monty Hamilton 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

    Sounds tasty! Very informative and well written hub! I'm not much of a cook, but I may give this a shot. Thanks!

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    Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

    Voted up and useful!

    An article with variety. A bit of mythology, childhood memory, a recipe along with a short note on all the ingredients make the article a quality work. Loved it. Sharing and pinning too.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ tillsontitan: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your very encouraging comments. I am fond of this sweet dish and hope you like it. Please let me know after you tried it. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Sally's Trove: Hi, this is one of my favorite sweets and I wanted to share this sweet recipe with my fellow-hubbers and friends on HubPages, including you! Please let me know after you tried it. Thank you for the visit and for your very encouraging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Ddraigcoch: Thank you for the read and for your engaging comments. This is one of my favorite sweets. Please let me know after you tried them. Hope you like them. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Daisy Mariposa: Hi, thank you for the visit and sharing your enthusiasm of trying this recipe. Please let me know after you tried it. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Rusticliving: Thank you for the read and for your very encouraging comments. Hope this is helpful for you and your friends who are into gluten-free foods. Please let me know after you tried it. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Life as a Blog: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. This is quite an easy-to-make recipe and it is suitable for those who are into easy recipes. Please let me know after you tried it. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ shampa sadhya: Hi, thank you for the visit. Your comments always encourage me. I am very sure that you already knew this recipe and made tasty sweet dumplings at home. Take care

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    Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

    now I am hungry and I want those... :D

    Great hub ... excellently written... nice of you to include the history and mythology behind the dumplings.. we also call it laddoos here... hehe

    And I like any other fellow indian.. love them

    Great hub

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ rahul0324: Hi, good to see you. Thank you for the visit, for your encouraging comments and sharing your love of Indian sweets. Even I like Indian sweets a lot! Take care

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    wow this dish looks great Iw ill share it on cooking time on facebook

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Deborah Brooks: Hi, so good to see you. Please let me know after you tried this sweet dish. I am fond of this sweet dish & hope you enjoy this dessert as much as I did! Thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    These look so easy, and the fact is that they are gluten free!! I love desserts of any kind. Pinning to my recipes and sharing!!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ midget38: Hi, please let me know after you made this sweet dish. Like you, I am very fond of desserts of any kind. Thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm for this dessert. Take care

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    Sasha Kim 4 years ago

    These sound delicious! The preparation is similar to a Chinese dessert I like to make. The only difference is the rice flour used is glutinous and it's usually filled with red bean paste. ^_^ I love those... so I just know I have to make these! They sound sweeter and you can't go wrong with coconut! mmmm ^_^ Voted a bunch and sharing!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Mama Kim 8: Hi, the Chinese preparation is really delicious. This dish is sweet and you can adjust according to your tolerance. Please let me know after you tried this dessert dish. Thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

    Ish,

    I spent three weeks in India several years ago. One of my favorite parts of my trip was the food. Your dumplings look delicious!

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    Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

    I love the Indian recipes especially those with coconut! bookmarked and hope to try it soon :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Daisy Mariposa: Hi, it is an honor to get the second visit from you. Thank you a lot. Happy hubbing. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ betty30: Hi, thank you for the read & sharing your enthusiasm in making this sweet dish. Hope you enjoy this dessert as much as I did! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Mike Robbers: Thank you for the read and sharing your enthusiasm in trying this dessert. Hope you enjoy this sweet dish! Take care

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    Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

    Sounds delicious! to this coconut addict.... *smiles*

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ CriticalMesaage: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comment. Please let me know after you made them. I am fond of any dish that included coconut in them. Take care

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    This is a very interesting recipe and looks good too. :-)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ ignugent17: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your engaging comment. Hope you give this sweet recipe a try and please let me know after you tried it. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Perfect for sweet tooth like me. I love how you incorporated a bit of your childhood memory and mythology under one roof, which makes it even more interesting to read.

    This is a great well-detailed recipe (gluten-free is great); will bookmark and will share. Thank you for the taste of India!

    Happy New Year to you!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ CrisSp: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. Please let me know after you tried it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Happy New Year 2013 to you & yours!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Awesome reading this again and pinning this for sure. Voted up.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ rajan jolly: Hi, thank you for the second visit & read. I linked your jaggery hub to this hub. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    This sounds like such a wonderful dessert! I love the way you incorporated not only your childhood memories but the history of this dessert into your hub. Very well done! I may have a hard time finding some of the ingredients here in southern Oklahoma, but if I can, I would like to give it a try. I would like to include a link to this recipe in my "Around the World with Recipes" blog, if I may. Great job here! Voting up, useful and sharing! :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ sgbrown: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to try this sweet dessert. You are most welcome to include a link to this hub in your blog. I am indeed honored. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Sweet and Interesting recipe. Thank you for sharing this. Definitely worth a try. Voting up and sharing!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ livingsta: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Hope you enjoy this sweet dish. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Sasha Kim 4 years ago

    It's been a long time since I commented that I was going to make this... but I'm back to say I have. It took a while to find Jaggery ( I know you said I could sub honey or brown sugar... but I wanted to stay true to the recipe) but I did and am soooo happy ^_^ These were fantastic and I can't wait to make them again! Voting up again, pinning and sharing!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Mama Kim 8: Hi, thank you for the second visit and letting me know that you tried this sweet dish. Happy to know that you enjoyed it. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

    I love coconut. This sweet dumplings sound delicious to eat. I have eaten dumplings before but inside the soup. I have to try this one day.

    This is a great hub with easy to follow instructions. Voted up, shared and pinned. Thanks for sharing.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Thelma Alberts: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to try this sweet delicacy. Please let me know after you tried them and hope you enjoy them very much! Happy Hubbing! Take care.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Glad to be reading this again Ishwaryaa. Will be trying it today. Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared and pinned.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ rajan jolly: Hi, thank you for the second read. Please let me know after you & your family ate them. Hope all of you enjoy a lot. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    Well-presented with great pictures. I can only imagine eating these with tea. Ahh...the enjoyment. Thanks for sharing and rated up.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @anglnwu: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to try this sweet dish. Yes, they go well with tea. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

    Your hub profile was a great find. I saw so many articles that I want to read, but this one was my first choice. I'm always interested learning how to make oriental dishes, and for me yours do fall under that genre. I also loved the way you have presented it with mouth-watering videos and pictures.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 3 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Nadine May: Thank you for the read & encouraging comments. Hope you gave this recipe a try. Happy Hubbing!

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    Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

    Delicious! We always make this at home for Vinayaka Chathurthi. Great pics and instructions.

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    Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    I do like coconut but most sweet things are off of my plate for a while. This sounds interesting and I will have to add this to my "need to try it Indian cuisine list."

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 2 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi Vellur! Thank you for the read & encouraging comment. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 2 years ago from Chennai, India

    Thank you for the read & sharing your enthusiasm to try this dish. All the best!

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