Homemade Sweets Recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi

Homemade Sweets Recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi

Aarti Natarajan Sharma

Lord Ganesha is one of the most widely worshipped among all Hindu gods. He is especially worshipped at the start of something new. Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival and is celebrated as the day Lord Ganesha was born. It is a particularly popular festival in western India. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on 10th September. 

It is believed that Lord Ganesha is pleased when sweets are offered to him. On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, many sweets are made and offered to him alongside his worship. Two of the most popular ones are Modak and Puran Poli. Let’s look at some easy to make recipes for these delicious treats.  

Modak

Modak is a stuffed sweet dumpling and one of the most common prasad offered to Lord Ganesha. In fact, one of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha is Modakpriya, because of his love for modak. Traditionally, modak is made of rice flour and sweet coconut and jaggery filling. The shape of the modak can be through a mould or made by hand. These moulds are easily available in the market. Steamed modak or Ukadiche modak is the most popular version and is made on the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi to welcome Lord Ganesha. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon powdered green cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered jaggery
  • 3 teaspoon sesame oil (you can use any other oil which you prefer or even ghee)

Take a pan and dry roast the grated coconut. Keep it aside. In another pan take 1 cup of water and let it boil. Add the powdered jaggery to it and stir till it dissolves completely and starts to thicken. Now add the roasted coconut to this. Mix this well and add the powdered green cardamom to it. Keep aside. 

To prepare the dough, mix the rice flour with warm water, oil and a pinch of salt. Knead it well till it is soft but firm. The dough should not be too tight or hard and should not have any lumps. Take a small amount and with a rolling pin make it into a round and flat shape. Take some of the jaggery filling and place it in the centre and then close the dough and press the sides with your hand. Make several of these and steam them for 10 mins on a low flame. 

You can also add saffron strands to the dough while kneading it which gives the modak a faint yellow tinge. There are several types of modak you can make. Some of the popular ones are

  • Steamed Modak
  • Fried Modak
  • Chana Dal Modak
  • Rava Modak
  • Dry Fruits Modak

Modak is also known as modakam or kudumu in Telugu, kadubu in Kannada, kozhakatta in Malayalam and kozhukattai in Tamil.

Puran Poli

A sweet flatbread made with flour, lentils and jaggery, puran polis are a popular Maharashtrian dish. They are especially made during Ganesh Chaturthi to please Lord Ganesha. Puran polis are typically stuffed with sweetened lentils. In Marathi language Puran is the stuffing and Poli is the flatbread. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blanched chana dal
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt as required
  • 1/2 teaspoon refined oil
  • 1 cup powdered jaggery
  • 1 teaspoon powdered green cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg powder (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 cup water

Take a saucepan and add ghee to it. Once hot add the dal and roast for a few minutes. Add the jaggery powder, fennel powder, cardamom and nutmeg powder to this. Mix well and cook for a few more minutes. Set aside. Once it cools down mash the dal. 

For the dough, take the flour, some warm water, turmeric and salt and knead it well. The dough should be stiff. Divide this into three parts and keep aside. 

Take one of the parts and press it in the centre to make space. Fill the space with the jaggery and dal mixture. Close and roll it into a ball. Roll it out into a roti using a rolling pin. 

Take a pan and roast the roti on it using ghee. Serve hot. 

This Ganesh Chaturthi, try your hand at these simple recipes and please Lord Ganesha with his favourite sweets!