Top 10 Ganpati Sweets
Ganpati is one God whom everybody loves. Kids love him for his super strength, adults love him for his intelligence, and everybody loves his childishness! Pleasing Ganpati is very easy – you just need to think of him for a moment with lots of faith and affection, and it is believed that he will solve your problems in a jiffy. Ganpati Utsav or Ganesh Chathurthi, which falls on September 5th this year, is an occasion for us to convey our gratitude to this friendly God who is always there for us. Not only that, just like Ganesha is the Lord of good beginnings and the remover of obstacles, it so happens that Ganesh Utsav is also at the head of a long line of festivals that follow in the coming months, from Dusshera to Sankaranti!
All about Modaks
What better way to celebrate the glory of the much-loved elephant-faced one than by offering his favourite Modak! Indeed, this steamed rice flour based dumpling with a succulent filling of sweetened coconut has an important role to play in Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations. It is hard to imagine Ganesh festival without Modak. Even those who do not have time to prepare steamed Modak in the morning will make some crunchy Fried Modak with a rich stuffing of sweetened coconut and dried fruits. This can even be prepared the day before and stored in an airtight container. There is no end to the types of Modak that you can make. You can get to the core of the celebrative spirit by making a rich treat like Mawa Modak, or you can make a South Indian style savoury modak filled with a spicy dal filling. Boiled and mashed sweet potato cooked in jaggery syrup laced with cardamom also makes a wonderful stuffing for modaks. You can get innovative and make you own variants of modak, filled with ingredients like dry fruits, pulses, etc.
That said, Modak is not the be all and end all of the Ganesh Chathurthi spread! From Kesar Peda and Malai Peda to Amrit Peda, from Mawa Kesar Roll and Kaju Katli to Besan Laddoo and Badam ka Halwa, there are umpteen delightful options that you can make. While Modak is mainly for family consumption, the other sweets will come in handy to share with friends and neighbours. In regions like Karnataka and Maharashtra, Ganesh Utsav is as grand as Diwali in the North or Sankaranti (Pongal) in the South, and most people make a large assortment of delicacies to offer to God and share with their near and dear ones. Here is a pick of our top 10 Ganesh Chathurthi sweets, which will help you to make the occasion grander than ever before!