Ganpati Bappa! Morya!
Mangal Murti! Morya!
One can experience altogether different energy and a surge of positive vibes during the festivities of Ganesha Chaturthi. And in India, each festival is associated with signature dishes, and Ganesh Chaturthi recipes are an indispensable part of the 10-day-long festival celebrated every year.
What is Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesha Chaturthi also called Vinayaka Chavithi is a Hindu festival celebrated to worship the mighty elephant-headed God Ganesh’s birthday. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and brother of Kartikeya (the god of war). The festivities last 10 days every year.
Lord Ganesha is known by 108 different names and is the Lord of success and wisdom. He is worshipped before any major enterprise and is the guide of intellectuals, bankers, scribes, and authors and is recognized as the God of beginnings. His other names by which he is widely referred to as Ganpati or Vinayaka.
How to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi?
The festival of Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated extensively across India, but it is the most important festival for states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.
Let’s have a sneak peek into the Maharashtrian way of celebrating the Ganesha Chaturthi.
About every household of Maharashtra celebrates Ganesha Chaturthi, with glorious faith, commitment, and devotion, for ten days. Even the community and locality in and around the city celebrate this festival with passion and zeal. Every household welcomes a small Ganesha idol and all family members and relatives get together and offer prayers and prasad for these 10 days.
Huge tents, called pandals are set up in the neighborhood and true to life idols of Ganesh are placed on high platforms. Music, vibrant decor, classical and folk dance, and the presence of Ganesha make for a terrific ambiance.
On the tenth day, the idol is carried by a serpentine procession to the nearby water body for its immersion.
On the tenth day of the idol is carried by a procession of men, women, and children to the nearby water body for its submersion also called visarjan. And during the visarjan, you can hear devotees chanting “Ganapati Bappa Moriya, agle varsh tu jaldi aa ” meaning that the devotees are wishing lord Ganesha to return early next year.
This Ganesha Chaturthi, let’s celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly way.
How you can create your very own eco-friendly idol at home.
Another interesting fact about this eco-friendly Ganesha Idol is that it is made from ingredients available in your kitchen. It’s chemical-free and organic
- 5 spoons turmeric
- 2 spoons all-purpose flour
- ½ spoon sugar
- Milk to knead
- Knead the dough that is similar to the consistency of the play dough.
- Now take a handful of dough and make a sphere for the stomach.
- Using some more dough and stretch it to make the legs. if you notice cracks, do not worry, you can easily seal it with milk.
- Shape another handful of dough into a small sphere and that will form the head of Ganesha. Again use milk to seal the cracks. Apply milk on the joints and cracks to properly mold the Ganesha.
- Now you can shape the hands of Ganesha according to the design you like. Remember to keep smoothening the joints by applying milk.
- Shape the ears and truck using dough for Ganesha idol.
- Make two or three circles with dough to make the “mukut” or crown for Ganesha’s head.
- For eyes use black pepper or cloves & match-sticks for the tusks.
- The very last step is to let it dry for 24-48 hours and then you have an amazing DIY, eco-friendly Ganesha.
Best Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes / Vinayak Chaturthi Recipes
For offering, and to please Lord Ganesha, different varieties of modak,ladoos are prepared during the pooja, since those two are his favorites. But here is the list of sweet and savory items that you can make for 10 days. These ganesh chaturthi recipes are simple and easy to make, so do try these and multiply the fun and celebration.
Preparing Ganesha’s favorite on Ganesh Chaturthi can help you keep you in HIS good books (at least, that’s what I believe). Pineapple Modak is a quirky twist to normal modak. It has a unique flavor and is considered to be the healthiest sweet of all since it consumes only a little amount of ghee in comparison to other Indian sweets.
Although nothing beats regular modak, experiments and new combinations can be quite fruitful. Balancing traditions with chocolate flavors, Choco Nuts & Choco Dip Modak has great texture and drool-worthy taste. A sure way to win kids’ hearts.
Hands down the quickest and easiest Mithai, or sweet dish. Simple and yet it tastes similar to any store-bought mithai. Cardamom and a hint of vanilla essence give delightfully rich taste to milk powder ladoo.
Desiccated coconut is a blessing in disguise, to be able to make coconut ladoo at home is a superpower for all the lovers of this mithai. And here is not one but five varieties of coconut ladoo, one for all and all for one
Stuffed with a mixture of sweetened Mawa and dried fruits, and fried in ghee, this mouthwatering sweet dumpling is the essence of a number of Indian festivals. And on top of being utterly delicious, there are so many different ways in which it can be made that at my house it gets cleaned up way before any other sweet snack.
6. Rava Kesari
Rava Kesari is a popular Indian sweet dish made of rava or suji, ghee, sugar, and nuts. Rava means semolina and Kesari mean saffron color, the key ingredient that brightens up the dish. It is made often in most households due to its simplicity.
7. Peanut Ladoo
Loaded with nutrition and deliciousness Peanut ladoo is yet another example of our experiments with sweet dishes. It is very simple to make and requires only two ingredients, peanuts, and jaggery. But if you are a foodie and want some extra flavors, you can pick from numbers of other options like coconut, sesame seeds, nuts, etc.
If you are monitoring your calorie intake and feel like you are missing a lot because of that, you don’t need to be a bystander anymore. With sugar-free dry fruit ladoo, you can enjoy the deliciousness of the festival with this small package of nutrition.
The basic yogurt-based dish, Amrakhand or mango shrikhand tastes so good especially if made with naturally ripened mangoes and homemade yogurt that the taste buds achieve nirvana with every spoon you eat, over and over again.
10. Sooji Halwa
There cannot be a simpler Indian dessert than sooji ka Halwa and yet it never goes out of style. This, simplest of the pudding is the go-to sweet dish of every Indian mom ever. Sooji ka halwa made with milk, desi ghee and nuts are like heaven in the mouth.
The name says it all! The taste of any dessert or mithai doubles up with the addition of dry fruits. Here is drool-worthy coconut halwa made with pure ghee and milk, it has melt in the mouth texture.
12. Sabudana Vada
Sabudana vada is another mouth-watering specialty of the festival, a crispy fried snack made with tapioca pearls, peanuts, potatoes, and herbs. Crispy though soft in texture, not just a tea-time snack but people prefer it when fasting. It is tastier when roasted peanuts are used and served hot with ‘chutney’.
Another dish for fast-breaking. It is a less spicy delicacy made by soaking sabudana, potato, crushed potato, cumin seeds, green chilies, and ginger. It is rather cooked using ghee or butter until it turns golden and crispy. Prefer serving with chutney or/and pickle.
14. Poha Chivda
Poha Chivda is a light snack or more specifically “Namkeen”. It is a quick yet tasty dry snack made with poha, dry fruits, peanuts, and spices as per taste. It is an all-time favorite snack of the people not just during this festival but all the time across the year. The crisp of roasted chivda sets a pinch of loving it more.
15. Makhana Chivda
A crunchy healthy snack and another easy to cook item is loved by everyone. Prepared by makhana’s(foxnuts), peanuts, sliced coconut, Dalia, curry leaves, and few spices. This easy Makhana Chivda Recipe is a perfect tea time snack or serving before guests.
16. Oats Chivda
Oats sounds a little boring but that doesn’t make oats chivda a boring snack. Oats chivda is a savory mixture of roasted oats, sauteed nuts, spices, and herbs. It is a healthy snack served with tea. It is a quick snack made by roasting oats and adding the other ingredients to it.
Khakhra in itself is a rich-carbohydrate snack that helps in maintaining blood sugar level and people here eat it with the full agreement to adapt to their weight as it energizes instantly. It is prepared by crushing Khakhra into small pieces and then adding other necessary ingredients including chivda, roasted peanuts, and others.
A sweet, crispy diamond-shaped Indian snack is generally made during festivals and even in marriage functions. In Maharashtra, they prefer to call it “Shankarpali”. People make this snack as it is easy to make with just a few basic ingredients like maida, Rawa, sugar, ghee, milk, salt, and oil.
19. Peanut Rice
It is a tasty rice-based dish made with added roasted peanut. Busy with the rituals and festivities people like to make this dish with a salad alongside to meet time crunches and fulfillment of appetite. Chana dal, urad dal, and curry leaves are important ingredients after rice to make it tastier.
20. Khajur Burfi
A mouthful of this delicious barfi or roll is such a delight and you will instantly fall in love with it. People would avoid it due to added sugar but they need not to as it holds health benefits against harms. It is one of the preferred sweets in festivals.
One bite of Kalakand will let you fall in love with this. A mouth-watering sweet nobody could stop oneself from eating it. Instant kalakand can be made in just 10 minutes by adding paneer and condensed milk and a requisite amount of sugar to taste.
Sukhadi or better known as Gurpapdi is an easy and healthy sweet which is served as prasad after the most famous and loved by Lord Ganesha ‘modak’. It just requires three ingredients including wheat, ghee, and jaggery where milk is added if required or preferred.
23. Rice Kheer
The most common Indian dessert that anybody can make. All you need is rice and milk. Given its simplicity, it is still the most favorite of the majority of people. Garnish it with dry fruit and voila!
24. Makhana Kheer
Makhana Kheer or Fox nut pudding is an Indian pudding prepared using fox nuts, milk, sugar, and dry fruits. It is an ideal dessert for fasting and is a delicious dessert.
25. Seviyan Kheer
The delightful Vermicelli or Seviyan Kheer is also known as Sevaiyan Payasam, in southern India. It’s an amazing blend of vermicelli and milk and just takes less than 15 minutes to get ready.
26. Poha Kheer
The pressed rice or Poha Kheer is a different and wonderful variety to the traditional Kheer. It thickens the milk naturally and makes it tastes like a rabdi. It is easy to cook so do try!
27. Coconut Kheer
A pleasing coconut and milk pudding is quite similar to the Rice Payasam made in South India. Again a very easy dessert recipe, Coconut Kheer recipe can be made very quickly with few ingredients. An excellent dish to celebrate the festivities.
You can try and make all these delicious and mouthwatering recipes each day to celebrate a 10-days long festival. Offer bhog to Lord Ganesha, and enjoy delicacies with your family, friends, and relatives. The above recipe compilation is easy and gets ready within minutes. Also do make the DIY Ganesha Idol and share your pictures with your favorite recipes.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
Siddhi Panchal is a food blogger at CookingwithSiddhi and food aficionado who loves to cook. Her cooking skills cover a range of Indian and international cuisines. Her aim is to enable other food enthusiasts explore their love for food by helping them cook delectable dishes from India and around the world.