No festivities, celebrations and auspicious occasions in India are complete without Saffron . Saffron is the color of the Sun and Fire and also symbolizes purity, as all evil is destroyed once touched by fire.

This Kesar & Cashew Modak is my offering of gratitude on Ganesh Chaturthi. Made with tremendous love and devotion, this delicious mithai is vegan and glutenfree 

Ganesh Chaturthi wishes to all celebrating. May Lord Ganesha continue to enrich our lives with new experiences and remove all obstacles.



Melt in your mouth, Saffron and Cashew Modaks. Vegan and glutenfree recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Servings 15 Modaks


  • 2 Cups Cashews
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water 
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron 
  • 1 tbsp Rose Water
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 3-4 drops Natural Saffron Color


  • Pulse the Cashews in a blender until you have a fine powder
  • Add Sugar and water to a pan and boil until mixed well.  Continue to simmer on a low flame for 2-3 minutes until the syrup thickens a bit
  • Add the Cashew powder and sautee for 5-6 minutes on a low flame . Stir constantly so that it doesn't stick
  • Add Coconut Oil, Rose Water and Saffron and keep stirring for couple minutes until the paste thickens
  • Take a small portion of the paste and roll it. If it rolls into a smooth ball, your modak is ready to mould. If not, stir for few more minutes
  • Transfer to a plate and let the mixture cool. Now add the Saffron color and mix well
  • Make small balls. Add the ball to a Modak mould and shape into modaks. 
  • Top with Pistachios and Saffron.
  • Serve and Enjoy
Keyword Modak, Saffron and Cashew Modak, Vegan Modak

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