Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ganesh Chaturthi Special Recipes

Ganesh Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed. The festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi. The date usually falls between August and September. The festival usually lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi.

The modern festival involves installing clay images of Ganesha in public pandals, which are worshipped for ten days. These are immersed at the end of the festival in a body of water such as a lake, along with the idol. In a place like Mumbai, it is a pleasure to watch the immersion process, which sometimes last for hours as the big Ganesha murti makes its way from the pandal to the Arabian Sea! While I am missing all the fun back home, I wanted to make sure I do not miss on all the delicacies. So here is a list of sweets I make to celebrate the festival of Lord Ganesha, one dish per day!!

Click on the name of the recipe or on the picture to read how to make it.

Ricotta cheese and four other ingredients are all you need to make these yummy Kesar Malai Modaks. Totally yummy but so easy to make. And the best part is that they look and taste similar to the modaks from Siddhivinayak!

Celebrate Ganpati with these amazing Churma Ladoos. Believed to be the favorite food of the Elephant God, these ladoos are made from wheat flour, jaggery and ghee. The topping of poppy seeds makes them look totally delectable!

Kaju Katli is easy to make with just 4 ingredients, a couple of optional toppings and 30 minutes of time! Cashew, sugar and ghee (clarified butter) forms the basis of this sweet. Add in some cardamom powder or saffron to enhance the flavor and you may also top it with edible Silver foil (varakh) to enhance it's looks.

These modaks are quick to make and need ingredients found commonly in any pantry. The end result is light pink colored modaks that are totally amazing! Ready in just 10 minutes, these modaks are a sure try!

This recipe is a shortcut on days when you do not have time, but still want to make something yummy for prasad. Jaggery, sesame and ghee is all you need to make these ladoos in no time!

If you are from Mumbai, you cannot not know this sweet. Ice Halwa is not only great to eat but also pretty artistic in form. Thinly sliced pieces of Halva interleaved with parchment paper makes this dish a cute one. And now with this recipe you can make it at home for your family and Bappa.

These sugar-free modaks are made from dry-fruits and has the sweetness from raisins and dates. This sweet can be made in any form, cubes of dates and dry-fruits, balls coated with poppy seeds or like I have done; modaks without a mould!! The recipe is enough to make 20 modaks and is a quick one, taking just about half an hour. 

As the name suggests, this is a shortcut method to make Bengal's famous Rasmalai. It uses one important ingredient, ricotta cheese to substitute the traditional ingredients. Just add sugar to the ricotta and flavor it with cardamom. Bake the discs to form cooked cheese. Boil milk and sugar in a pan, flavor with saffron and dry fruits and drop the ricotta discs in it. Ready for Ganesha!!

Tapioca mixed with milk and saffron is so good. When you make this kheer, you can make it a little thick and serve it in little bite sized containers. Perfect prasad recipe!

This recipe is our very own kheer that is made at home so often, but with a twist. Addition of blueberries makes the kheer flavorful as well as colorful! Yummy kheer that is light violet in color.

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