Now here is an interesting story on why this is offered to Ganesha and the significance behind it which was shared by a story teller.
Ingredient ( for filling)
Gratings of one big coconut
Grated jaggery – ¾ cup
Cardomam powder – 1 teaspoon
Heat the above ingredients on a kadai over medium flame till the moisture evaporates and the ingredients bind together.
Ingredients for covering:
Processed rice flour: 1 cup
Water : 1 cup
Salt : 1 teaspoon
Gingelly oil : 1 teaspoon
In a deep vessel boil the water with salt and oil. When the water starts boiling add the rice flour slowly to the boiling water without forming lumps. The dough formed should be pliable.
Cover the vessel with a lid and allow the dough to rest.
After smearing your palms with gingelly oil, take a marble sized dough and mould them into small cups with the help of your fingers.
Fill the cups with the coconut filling and close them at the top by tapering like a cone. Mould the remaining modaks and steam them in an idli plate in cooker for 10 minutes.