Ganeshotsav food special: Modak marzipans, anyone?
From a Modak Waffle to PBJ modaks, Ganpati’s favourite sweet has undergone a makeover, and how! In our second part of the Mumbai Modak Trail, sample these innovative versions that city eateries and patisseries are stocking up
Now, here’s a heady twist to the traditional set of modak ingredients like coconut, jaggery and saffron. Out Of The Blue has created this fancy dish comprising light and crispy waffles. The waffles are made of semolina-leavened batter and fumed with dessicated coconut, jaggery and saffron flavours. They are served with saffron, chocolate and pistachio modaks.
At: Out Of The Blue, Le Sutra Hotel, 14 Union Park, Khar (W).
Cost: 300 + taxes
Giving the good ol’ PBJ (Peanut Butter Jelly) a twist is Silverspoon Gourmet catering company that has created a PBJ modak. This bite-sized delight is made using peanut butter with an apricot jelly centre. You can also place an order for their innovations like the Hazelnut Praline, Cashew Peanut Butter Rose and the Nutella variety that also contains cream cheese!
At: Silverspoon Gourmet, Lower Parel.
To order, call: 8286044424
Cost: 1,200 per kilo, 24 per piece
Red Velvet Modak
Homebaker Neeru Mehra, of the popular homerun brand, Neeru’s Cakes and Desserts, has been conjuring new varieties of modaks since the last three festive seasons. Her latest creation is the Red Velvet modak that comes with white chocolate coating and a centre-filling of the red velvet sponge. The other flavours include paan, praline, orange chocolate and dark chocolate.
At: Neeru’s Cakes & Desserts, Kemps Corner.
Cost: 50 per piece (for small), 125 per piece (for big)
Nordic Kandie has added a global twist to this traditional sweet by creating all-vegetarian modak marzipans, made with Mamra almonds from Iran and coated with Belgian chocolate. These come in flavours like almond, lychee, strawberry, nutmeg, etc. Also opt for these varieties with gold (in pic) or silver coating, imported from Italy.
At: Nordic Kandie, #1Vasant Villa, 3 Peddar Road, Kemps Corner.
Cost: 1,850 (box of 9); 3,690 (box of 18), 350 per piece (gold covered), 299 per piece (silver covered)
Irish Cream Modak
Apart from serving the traditional modak varieties, Ghasitaram’s has also created innovative varieties with the help of their in-house confectionery and bakery. One of them is the Irish Cream Modak. Sans alcohol, this modak gets its flavour from the irish cream paste that is mixed into the mawa. Some other options are Vanilla Magic modaks and Golden Glaze modaks (inset pic).
At: Punjabi Ghasitaram World of Sweets, 126, JP Road, opposite Navrang Cinema, Andheri (W).
Cost: 800 per kilo (they also offer quarter kilo of laddoos free if you buy a kilo of modaks)
Now, a DIY modak kit
Learn how to make modaks by ordering a hassle-free DIY Modak kit offered by Burgundy Box. You can choose from three different varieties — Coconut and Jaggery Filling Modak, Blueberry Filling Modak (in pic) and Saffron Filling Modak. Each box comes with an instruction sheet, pre-measured ingredients to make 21 modaks, along with moulds that help shape the modaks perfectly.
Till: September 30
Log on to: www.burgundybox.in (place orders before 6 pm) Delivery Area Bandra to Borivali
Cost: 281 (coconut and jaggery), 301 (blueberry), 351 (saffron)
Well, this is not just any other chocolate modak which is a common sight at our local mithaiwalas too. The black-and-white wonder at Theobroma is filled with rose-flavoured dark chocolate, truffles, white chocolate and fresh coconut truffles.
At: All Theobroma outlets in the city (September 17 onwards)