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Top 10 Sweets for Ganpati, Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
Last Updated : Jul 09,2018
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!
Top 10 Sweets For Ganpati
It’s Ganesh Chaturthi
! Time to make umpteen varieties of modak, Ganesha’s favourite. Here is the Modak recipe, of rice flour shells filled with a succulent mixture of jaggery and coconut.
While this mouth-watering delicacy is an inseparable part of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, you can try and make it more often as it is a tasty treat for the whole family, especially the young ones.
Rich and luscious, the Mawa Modak is a melt-in-the-mouth treat, which puts other mithai to shame with its unique taste and texture.
Although it is quite a grand fare, the good news is that it is much easier to make than the traditional modak, which requires a bit of deft handwork. This modak on the other hand just requires you to pack the mixture into the modak mould, and de-mould after a press.
like Ganesh Chaturthi is the time to make umpteen varieties of Modak
, Chocolate Modak
, Amrit Modak
One of the most well-known of Indian
mithai, the Malai Peda is as rich as a sweet can get. A special process of curdling full-fat milk turns it into a richly textured product like khoya, which when flavoured with cardamom and saffron becomes an intensely aromatic dessert that nobody can resist.
While the spicy fragrance and intense flavour make it a hit with adults, the amazing texture and succulent mouth-feel make it popular with kids. In all respects, the Malai Peda is nothing short of a blockbuster!
You can also try other peda recipes like Mava Peda
or Amrit Peda
This mithai is one that will remain etched in your memory for a long time, not only due to its rich texture and intensely milky flavour but also thanks to the spicy overtones of cardamom and saffron. Pistachios enhance this pedas
further with their interesting crunch.
Surprisingly, this mouth-watering Amrit Peda is also quite easy to make. You can store it at room temperature in a dry and airtight container for 4-5 days, or in the refrigerator
for 8-10 days.
Make these pedas for special occassions like Raksha - Bandhan Diwali
Another variation of mawa peda which resembles a Swiss roll and is attractive to serve for any festive Occasion
Kaju Katli is an all time favourite traditional mithai, but one that is feared by most people for the time it takes to prepare. If you follow this recipe meticulously, you will be pleasantly surprised by how easily and quickly you can prepare Kaju Katli at home! Although it takes a few hours to set, this recipe makes sure you spend less than 15 minutes sweating in the kitchen.
If you take care of the syrup’s consistency and the time of cooking and the level of heat (flame) as described in the recipe, you are assured of a perfect result. You could also put the cashews in the freezer for sometime before powdering it in the mixer, so you will get a very smooth powder without oil oozing out of the nuts.
Kaju Katli is always there on the mithai platter during festivals like Diwali
and Raksha - Bandhan
. Serve along with namkeens like Poha Chivda
, Masala Mathri
, Moong Dal Crispies
Besan Laddoo is one of the most popular mithai in Indian
cuisine. It might be known by various names, but this delicious laddoos of spiced and sweetened besan is famous all over the country.
When making this, remember that the rich flavour of the laddoo depends on how well you cook the besan. Under-cooking it will leave behind a raw taste, which will ruin the whole recipe. So, make sure you cook it well. The proportion of ghee and besan is also important as you might end up with a dry or very soft laddoo if it is not done right.
Once you have the mix ready, take some in your palm, shape it into a round and keep rolling it in your hand till you get a smooth, lustrous, ghee-tinted texture on the surface. It will look so irresistible at this stage that you would just want to pop it into your mouth! That’s when the laddoo is ready.
A delicacy rooted in Indian tradition, Badam Halwa is indispensable for celebrations of any kind. It is good to have on normal days too! Infact, grandmas unfailingly advice their grandchildren to have a spoonful of this wholesome halwa every morning, all through the winter. This is one delicious morning ritual nobody would want to skip! This all-time favourite winter recipe is, of course, a bit rich, so you cannot have more than a few spoons at a time. Worry not, you can stash this safely into the freezer and have some everyday, especially in the winters. In this particular recipe, we have added a bit of whole wheat flour to get a crunchy effect and also prevent the formation of ghee on top of the halwa, so don’t forget to add it.
Kesar Peda has a characteristic opulence about it, with the dominant flavours of saffron and cardamom lacing the intense richness of mava.
By using readymade mava we have brought down the cooking time required to make this traditional mithai. You still have to plan ahead when you want to prepare this, as it requires a day’s cooling.
After being allowed to cool for a day, the mixture appears to be quite hard, but once you crumble it, you will get the required peda texture.
You can prepare and store the Kesar Pedas in the fridge in an airtight container, for a week.
You can also try your hand at other saffron based treats like the Kesar Sandesh Bhog
, Kesar Malai Kulfi
and Kesari Milk
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