Shaping with mold- I found this method easy as comapared to shape without mold with hands. Grease the mold nicely with melted ghee.
Take a table tennis ball size ball and smoothen it. Apply little water if needed to smoothen it.
Now flatten it and roll it into 3-4 cm thick circle of 5 mm.
Put gently the rolled circle into the mold. Press it gently. The circle should be kept thick.
Now take one portion of the prepared filling and make ball of it. Press it gently on the dough in the mold. Press it.
Now fold the edges on the top and take some more dough if needed and cover the top surface as shown. Smoothen it.
Invert the mold and gently tap. The modak will be removed. Put it in a greased plate and similarly make remaining modak. Grease the mold everytime you shape the modak.
Shaping without mold using hands: Take a table tennis ball size ball and smoothen it. Apply little water if needed to smoothen it. Now flatten it and roll it into 3-4 cm of around 3mm thickness.
Start creating pleats with your index finger and thumb. Pinch the ends and make pleats as shown.
Now take one portion of the prepared filling and make ball of it. Press it gently .
Gently bring all the edges of pleat together. Close the top by pinching and making it pointed. Similarly make the with remaining dough. (I found shaping modak with mold easier than hands).
Now put the perforated plate with stand in a heavy bottom pot or steamer. Place baking paper on it or banana leaves. Put modak on it and place such a way that there is enough room between two modaks).
Cover and steam for 15 minutes on high heat.
In the mean while heat ghee in a small bowl and add saffron strands in it. Mix well.
Carefully remove steamed modak in a serving plate. I had used flat splatula to lift the modak and transfer it to plate.
Pour heated ghee with saffron on it and offer to God and serve. Similarly cook the remaining modak.
The ukadiche modak (Steamed Rice dumplings with sweet coconut filling) is ready. Serve hot modak with ghee.
Offer the steamed modak to Bappa!! The filling of the modak looks so juicy. (The modak can be refrigerated for 3-4 days, Thaw it and steam it before serving or microwave for 10 seconds before serving).