Nutritional Facts of Modak, Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi, Calories in Modak, Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

by Tarla Dalal
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How many calories does one Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak have?

One  Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak gives 126 calories. Out of which carbohydrates comprise 80 calories, proteins account for 5 calories and remaining calories come from fat which is 40 calories.  One  Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak provides about 6 percent of the total daily calorie requirement of a standard adult diet of 2,000 calories.

See Modak recipe. This famous Maharashtrian sweet is mainly made during Ganesh Chaturthi. Time to make umpteen varieties of modak, Ganesha’s favourite. Here is the Modak recipe, of rice flour shells filled with a succulent mixture of jaggery and coconut. 

While this mouth-watering delicacy is an inseparable part of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, you can try and make it more often as it is a tasty treat for the whole family, especially the young ones.

Is Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak healthy?

Modak is made of rice flour shells stuffed with jaggery and coconut. It's a sweet dish made everywhere during Ganpati celebrations.

Let's understand the ingredients of Modak.

What's good in Modak?

Coconut : The fresh coconut has saturated fats but most of it is MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which promote weight loss. The high fibre content 13.6 gm (45.3% of RDA) along with high lauric acid content of coconut improves cholesterol levels in the body. Improving the action of insulin secretion and lowering the raised blood sugar levels is yet another benefit of coconut for Diabetics. See here for 10 amazing benefits of coconut.  

Steaming : The modak's are steamed in a steamer over a banana leaf. This is far healthier than having a deep fried dessert. 

What's bad in Modak?

Rice flour (chawal ka atta) : 2 cups of rice flour are used to make 21 modak's. Rice flour is high in carbohydrates, not a good source of protein. Consumption of rice flour can cause inflammtion in your body and not goos for heart patients. See full details on is rice flour bad for you

Jaggery (Gur) : When compared to sugar, which provides only empty calories, jaggery is considered to be a superior natural sweetener. Sugar is definitely one of the causes of many chronic diseases, but jaggery too needs to be consumed in moderate amounts. What you would consume is just about a tbsp (18 g) or a tsp (6 g). While those with heart diseases and weight loss can have a dessert made with this quantity of jaggery occasionally as an option to refined sugar, but diabetics need to avoid this sweetener too as it can spike blood sugar levels instantly. Read is jaggery healthy for complete details.

Can diabetics, heart patients and over weight individuals have modak ?

Modak is not a healthy food. It's clear that the problem is rice flour and jaggery as explained above. If you are a healthy individual, then have it as a cheat meal. For diabetics and heart patients, you should find a healthier option.

What is a healthier Indian dessert option ?

We suggest you try low fat gajjar halwa recipe which uses dates as a sweetener and low fat milk which works well for diabetics. Make oats and mixed nuts ladoo recipe which is sweetened by jaggery or oats and dates kheer

Low Fat Carrot Halwa, Healthy Gajar Halwa

Low Fat Carrot Halwa, Healthy Gajar Halwa

Try a jowar based Indian dessert which is s a complex carb and will be absorbed slowly in the blood stream and not cause a spike in insulin. The jowar apple sheera recipe is made with the addition of cows milk and apples and sweetened with honey.

How to burn 126 calories that come from one Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak?

Walking (6 kmph)     =         38  mins
Running (11 kmph)     =          13  mins
Cycling (30 kmph)     =         17  mins
Swimming (2 kmph)     =         22  mins

Note: These values are approximate and calorie burning differs in each individual.

Value per modak% Daily Values
Energy126 cal6%
Protein1.2 g2%
Carbohydrates20.1 g7%
Fiber1.6 g6%
Fat4.4 g7%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Vitamin A2.1 mcg0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)0 mg0%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0 mg0%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.4 mg3%
Vitamin C0.3 mg1%
Vitamin E0 mg0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)1.7 mcg1%
Calcium9.4 mg2%
Iron0.4 mg2%
Magnesium7.6 mg2%
Phosphorus39.1 mg7%
Sodium1.9 mg0%
Potassium43.7 mg1%
Zinc0.2 mg2%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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