It’s that time of the year which every person from Maharashtra looks forward to with plenty of zeal, excitement and joy. For someone who is not from the state, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are like a revelation. I had a couple of North Indian friends, visiting Mumbai for the first time during Chaturthi last year and I still remember how mesmerized they were with the fervor that takes over the streets during those 10 days. The larger than life aartis, for even larger than life Ganesha idols and the delicious food that follows – it is tough, even for a Mumbaikar like me to not to get lost in these 10 days of pious activity.
Between the joyous homecoming and tearful farewell of Maharashtra’s favourite god are 10 days full of festive fun which like any other celebration in India is studded with stunning food. I believe that bhog for the gods becomes even more special when you prepare it yourself because all that love, dedication and bhakti translates into the food better. So this year I am going to share with you 3 simple but delicious recipes which you can dish up this Chaturthi.
These little steamed semi-translucent rice flour dumplings stuffed with a sweet jaggery and coconut mixture are and will always be numero uno on the list. Lord Ganesh apparently loves these and I can totally understand why! One bite into the soft coating and you are welcomed by a sweet, juicy filling and the lightest aroma of green cardamom. Though mawa modak is also as amazing, when it comes to that actual feel, these white beauties win hands down. Divine indulgence for sure! Click here to take a look at the other types of modaks you can prepare – right from chocolate centered to melt in the mouth mawa ones to crispy fried modaks.
These thin wheat flour rotis with a generous sweet chana dal stuffing inside are something that every true blue Maharashtrian swears by! The stuffing known as puran is made with a mix of soft boiled chana dal, jaggery and cardamom powder and melts as soon as it hits your tongue. Served with a dollop of ghee or toop as it is known in Marathi, puran poli has its share of serious fanatics and is always in great demand during Chaturthi. You can also shape the puran into laddoos, top with a cashewnuts each and serve it up in a brand new avatar!
These are not really difficult to make, but can be a bit time consuming. Dough balls made with semolina and whole wheat flour are fried in good old desi ghee till they crisp up and go a gorgeous golden brown in colour. These are then crumbled and mixed with more desi ghee, melted jaggery, powdered sugar and nuts, shaped into laddoos and finally rolled in poppy seeds. These sweet earthy laddoos make one of the best bhog/ prashad items ever. Definitely Ganesh approved.
What are you eating this Chaturthi? Let me know in the comments section below.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all!
Ganpati Bappa Moriya!