Delicious Sweets and Savories To Relish This Ganesh Chaturthi
Here’s a detailed compilation of the best sweets and savory recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi.
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Ganesha is the deity of fresh starts, wealth, and getting rid of barriers. To mark the anniversary of Ganesha’s birth, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which symbolises hope and prosperity, is widely observed.
This auspicious occasion is observed for ten days each year. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi and is observed by doing a special pooja and giving Lord Ganesha his favourite food.
Without partaking in certain traditional snacks and savoury dishes, Ganesh Chaturthi is not complete. In light of this, we are providing some delectable and scrumptious recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi.
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Traditional Sweets & Snacks Recipes For Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is all set to start in a few days. Here’s a compiled list of the best sweets and snacks to celebrate this festival:
Traditional Sweet Dishes
1. Ukadiche Modak
Ukadiche, is a Marathi word that means ‘steamed’. Ukadiche modak is the steamed version of the traditional fried modak. This is the traditional modak recipe prepared during the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi as prasad.
Main Ingredients :
The three primary ingredients are : rice flour, jaggery and coconut.
2. Modak Varieties
Ganesh Chaturthi is incomplete without modaks. It is a quintessential mithai enjoyed during Ganpati which is primarily made using rice flour but many experiment with the base ingredient as well like khoya, suji, coconut, figs, and dates. Some even make chocolate modaks.
3. Puran Poli
Another classic favorite sweet enjoyed during Ganpati is Puran Poli. Essentially made using wheat flour, it is stuffed with sweet lentil filling. This recipe might require a little bit of effort but the results make it all worth it.
Main Ingredients :
The core ingredients are : chana dal, jaggery, ghee, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, green cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and turmeric.
4. Coconut Barfi
Coconut Barfi is an easy and quick to make Indian sweet made from mere three ingredients: grated coconut, sugar and cardamom. You can make this delectable recipe by using the different ingredients easily available at home. Further, you can shape them in round balls or small squares, the choice is yours. Garnish it with some saffron and nuts for an elevated look.
Main Ingredients : dry desiccated coconut, sugar, cardamom and milk.
5. Rava Kesari
Rava Kesari is essentially made using semolina, ghee, nuts, saffron and sugar. Many also use cardamom to flavor this sweet dish. Also known as Kesari Bath the recipe is quick to make and requires only a few ingredients.
Main Ingredients : semolina, cardamom, saffron, nuts, ghee and sugar.
6. Besan Ladoo
Who doesn’t love besan ladoos? These round shaped balls made using gram flour are a favorite during festivals including Ganesh Chaturthi. You start by roasting the gram flour with the ghee on low heat and continue the process for 20 to 25 minutes until it turns golden in color. Once done, add the boora followed by some cardamom powder. Finally, combine everything together and start making small balls.
Pro Tip : Many people also add some semolina for that added crunch.
Main Ingredients : besan, boora, ghee and cardamom powder.
Traditional Savoury Dishes
Apart from a list of traditional sweets, here’s a quick look at some of the snacks popularly enjoyed during Ganesh Chaturthi :
7. Batatyachi Sabzi
Potatoes are the key ingredient in Batatyachi Sabzi. This satisfying bhaji is a dry sabzi with a mild and light flavor profile. You can serve this sabzi as a side dish or even as a main course.
Main Ingredients : potatoes, oil, mustard seeds, green chillies, onions, curry leaves, hing, salt, turmeric powder, and coriander.
8. Sabudana Vada
Sabudana vada is a popular deep-fried crispy snack made using tapioca. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, it is loved by a massive audience. All you require is sago pearls, potatoes, salt, peanuts and green chillies. A tip to nail the correct recipe for sabudana vada is to soak the sabudana for at least 4 to 5 hours or overnight.
Main Ingredients : tapioca, potatoes, crushed peanuts, green chillies, salt, lemon juice and sugar.
9. Kothimbir Vadi
This classic Maharashtrian snack made using coriander is crispy and super delicious. Traditionally, kothimbir vadi is deep-fried but if you are looking for a slightly healthier version you can also shallow fry them.
The main ingredients include coriander, gram flour, peanuts, sesame seeds and spices.
Voila! This was our curated list of some common sweets and snacks savored for Ganpati. If you feel we have missed out on any traditional recipe for Ganpati, do let us know in the comments below.