Ganesh Chaturthi: From Modak to Payasam- a range of lip-smacking delicacies
It is that time of the year when big pandals are erected and grand idols of
Ganesha are installed while people gear up to welcome into their homes 'Bappa',
the elephant God during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
The 10-day annual festival, which marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha is
celebrated with much fervour across western and southern India. This year,
Ganesh Chaturthi falls on September 2 and Visarjan will take place on September
As no festival is complete without scrumptious food and delectable sweets, for
Ganesh Chaturthi too devotees prepare a variety of lip-smacking delicacies to
offer to the benevolent God.
The savouries prepared during this 10-day long extravaganza vary from one region
People in Maharashtra who celebrate the festival on a much grander scale are
known for preparing elaborate meals and offerings for the occasion. "We prepare
a new bhog everyday. On the fifth day of the festival a total of 51 dishes are
prepared," says Shweta Patil who hails from the state.
While Maharashtrians stick to traditional recipes, North Indian offerings are
slightly different. Nidhi Sidhana, who hails from Punjab says, "Apart from
modak, we offer lassi, pakora, and no-onion, no-garlic chola bhatura to Lord
Monica Bachchan who is married into a south Indian family believes that anything
that is less spicy and easy to digest can be offered to Ganesh. "The offerings
need not necessarily be sweet. Even foods which are bland can be offered to the
God," she says.
As dishes differ across regions, we enlist top 10 traditional foods that are
offered to Ganesh during the festival.
Given the fondness of Ganesh for modaks, this comes as no surprise. It is the
most popular delicacy that is offered to him across regions. Made from flour,
jaggery and coconut, modaks are available at every sweet shops and one can buy
varieties of these humble dumpling. "On Ganesh Chaturthi, we focus on modak. We
prepare a variety of modaks including chocolate, kesar, kaju, motichoor and
khoya modak," says Ramesh Sharma, Haldirams.
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It is another common offering that is prepared to please the God on this
festival. Made from semolina and sugar it is typically prepared in two flavours-
banana and pineapple. Get
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A traditional Maharashtrian dish, puran poli is flat bread stuffed with lentils
and jaggery which is commonly offered to the God in the state. Get
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Another favourite sweet of Ganesh, Motichoor Laddoo is a popular offering with
many shops stocking the delicious sweet. "Besides, modak we prepare motichoor
laddoo for the festival," says Vikas Madan, Sant Sweets.
The delectable combo consists of crispy puri made from refined flour and a sweet
dish prepared from strained yoghurt topped with nuts.
This festive treat is a deep fried snack prepared with sabudana and potatoes
along with spices and roasted peanuts.
Another Maharashtrian savoury, kothimbir vadi is crisp fritter made from gram
flour, coriander and spices. This is also a favourite offering among devotees.
One of the most popular delicacies Satori is offered to Ganesha in Maharashtra.
It is made up of khoya, clarified butter, gram flour, and milk.
Made with dollop of ghee, semolina, yellow split gram and delicious topping,
this south Indian snack is offered to Ganesh as bhog. Get
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Another south Indian delicacy, payasam is a kheer made from rice cooked in milk,
jaggery, coconut and garnished with lots of dry fruits. This traditional sweet
is a hit among devotees from southern part of India.
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is indeed a gastronomical delight with new
delicacies prepared every day. However, it is the zeal and the love of devotees
for the lord Ganesh which makes this festival popular across the country. (ANI)