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Baked Kadubu and Modak

Here's a healthier version of the traditional classic - Karigadubu or Kadubu.

Karigadubu is popularly called as Kadubu/ karanji/ kajrikayi in different parts of India. It is a deep-fried dumpling that is stuffed with desiccated coconut, jaggery and dried fruits.

Modak is a form of Kadubu but shaped differently. This particular delicacy is made especially for Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival celebrated in the glory of the elephant god, Ganesha!

This recipe is a labor of love. It took me multiple tries to get the kadubu look and taste like the deep-fried ones. Special thanks to my mom and my friend for their wonderful tips that helped me get the right texture and flavor.

Follow this video to see how I made the kadubu and modak!



For the dough:

  • Rava/ Cream of wheat - 1/4 cup

  • Almond flour - 1/8th cup

  • Ghee - 2-3 tbsp

  • Water - as needed

  • Milk - 1tbsp for basting

For the stuffing:

  • Desiccated Coconut - 2-3 tbsp

  • Sugar - 3tbsp

  • Cashews & Raisins - 1tbsp each

  • Cardamom powder - 1/8th tsp


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.

  • To make the dough: Combine the first 3 ingredients and slowly add water to form a dough. Knead well. Cover with a wet paper towel and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

  • To make the stuffing: Mix all the ingredients listed under stuffing together.

  • Knead the rested dough again and make small balls with it.

  • Roll the balls into discs and add stuffing in the middle and fold like an empanada or modak (Watch the video for how to)

  • Brush some ghee and milk on the kadubus and modak and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes, flipping it half way through.

  • Remove from oven and cool completely.

  • Store in air tight container and consume it within 3 days.


  • If you want to avoid using sugar for the stuffing, you can use this date and dried fruit mixture instead.

  • Do not skip brushing the kadubu with the milk and ghee. This step is very important.

Wishing all my readers a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

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