Sankashti Chaturthi or Sankashti is observed on the Chaturthi or the fourth day of Krishna Paksha during every month. The Sankashti, which falls on Tuesday, is known as ‘Angarki Chaturthi’.On this day, we (specially the Maharashtrians) observe fast. And have our meal in the night after having Chandra darshan. This Angarki Chaturthi is very auspicious than any other Chaturthi. We make Lord Ganesha's favorite sweet MODAK as a prasad in the evening. My friend's daughter used to call this as Sweet samosa :)
Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Barik rava (Chiroti rava) - 3 tablespoon
Hot oil - 2 tablespoon
Salt just a pinch
Grated fresh coconut - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
Cardamom Powder - 1 teaspoon
Khaskhas (poppy seeds) - 1 tablespoon
Pure ghee - 1 teaspoon
Oil for deep fry
Mix all ingredients and knead a stiff dough with water or milk (it's crispiness increases with milk). Cover it and keep aside for half an hour.
On a slow flame add pure ghee grated coconut and sugar in kadai and cook it till the mixture becomes dry (stir in between). Then add khaskhas (poppy seeds), Cardamom powder , mix it and remove it from flame. Allow it cool for some time.
While making modak, Make a lemon sized ball of the dough. Roll a small puri of it. Keeping the puri in left palm, hold in the shape of a katori and fill it with stuffing. Now pinch the edges and then close tightly it in the shape of modak . Make all modaks with same procedure. Deep fry it on low flame till it becomes golden brown. Cool it and offer 21 modaks as prasad to Ganapati Bappa.