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GANESH CHATURTHI RECIPES



Lord Ganesha is known for his fondness for food and sweets are prepared in bounty on Ganesh Chaturthi day. The main sweet-dish during the festival is modhak and karanjis. This is known as kozhakottai in South India.

A modhak is a dumpling made from rice flour or wheat flour with a stuffing of coconut, jaggery or sugar and some other condiments like cardamom, jeera,etc . It can be either steam-cooked or fried. Modhak means "That which gives happiness".

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the biggest festivals of India and with the celebrations comes the preparation of special recipes. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha also called as Vinayaka. Ladoos and other sweets are usually kept in the house after offering them to Lord Ganesh. Visitors and neighbours share these sweets. They are offered as prasad to whoever visits the Ganesh temple. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over India mainly in the states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with great fervor. Celebrations associated with Ganesh Chaturthi are spread across 10 days and also involve preparation of popular dishes and sweets. Famous Recipes prepared during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi are listed here for your easy reference during the festive season.

ELLU KOZHAKATTAI vegetarian-Dish

Ingredients

    For Dough
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • For Filling
  • 1 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1 cup jaggery (powdered)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
Ellu Kozhakattai

Method

  • Prepare a dough as for Vella Kozhakattai, and set aside.
  • Roast sesame seeds till pink.
  • Grind to a fine powder along with jaggery.
  • Add ghee and mix well. Now take a small portion of dough and with greased palms, pat into a disc.
  • Put a small portion of filling in the centre.
  • Fold over the edges and make a half circle.
  • Press the edges well.
  • Similarly make all Kozhakattais and steam.
      

MODAK vegetarian-Dish

Ingredients

      
  • 2 plantains
  • ¼ pav maida
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ghee for frying
Modak

Method

  • Peel plantains. Mash and put sugar, salt, powdered cardamom and maida.
  • Stir properly to make a dough.
  • Heat ghee in frying pan, drop small pellets of dough gently into ghee and deep fry till it turns reddish brown in colour.
  • Instead of ¼ pav maida, fine soji and rice flour mixed with maida (totally ¼ pav) can be used.

VELLA KOZHAKATTAI vegetarian-Dish

Ingredients

    For Dough

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • For Filling

  • 1 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1 cup jaggery (powdered)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
Vella Kozhakattai

Method

  • Mix grated coconut, jaggery and ghee in a heavy pan.
  • Cook on a medium flame, stirring continuously till thick.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Form small balls and set aside.
  • Heat 2 cups of water in a pan.
  • Add salt, oil and flour, then stir continuously till dough leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Allow to cool and knead well.
  • Take a small ball of dough and with greased palms pat into a disc.
  • Put some filling in the middle and seal it.
  • Make all Kozhakattais and steam till done.

LADOO vegetarian-Dish

Ingredients

Gram flour
2 cups
Sugar
2 cups
Cashews
2 tbsp
Raisins
1 tbsp
Cardamom
2-3 pods
Baking soda
1/4 tbsp
Ghee
3 tbsp
Oil for frying
Ladoo

Method

  • Heat a heavy bottomed vessel.
  • Add sugar to it and after it melts and little water to it and make a thick sugar syrup.
  • Add powdered cardamom  to it and set aside. Sieve gram flour/besan with the baking soda.
  • Mix will water to from a smooth paste without any lumps.
  • Heat oil add ghee to it and pour the besan mixture into a boondi sieve. 
  • Remove when it just starts to crispen.
  • Add fried cashews and raisins add everything to the sugar syrup and mix well.
  • Rub oil on your hands and make balls of Laddos with your palms

SUNDAL vegetarian-Dish

Ingredients

Channa Dal
1 pound
Red chilies
5
Curry leaves
few
Shredded coconut
5 tbsp
Mustard seeds
Salt
to taste
Oil
Sundal

Method

  • Soak channa dal overnight , for atleast 8 hours. Pressure cook it with little salt.
  • Heat oil in  a pan.
  • Season mustard seeds.
  • Add curry leaves and red chilies, and the shredded coconut, salt and the cooked channa dal.
  • Mix well.

SWEET APPAMvegetarian-Dish

Ingredients

Raw rice
2 cups
Jaggery/ cane sugar
1 1/4 cups
Shredded coconut
1/2 cup
Ripe banana
1
Cardamom
2-3 pods
Ghee
1 tbsp
Oil
Sweet appam

Method

  • Soak rice in water for 1-2 hours. Grind into a smooth paste.
  • Before removing from the grinder add, jaggery, shredded coconut, cardamom pods, and ripe banana.
  • Run the grinder till everything mixes well and forms a thick paste.
  • Add 1 tbls of ghee to it. Heat oil in a pan.
  • Make balls with the dough, flatten them and deep fry till golden brown.