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 in the month of September, 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 Steamed 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.
Modak, Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak For Ganesh Chaturthi
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.
Mawa Modak, Khoya Modak Recipe
Fried Modak is also an integral part of Ganesha Utsav. It is a delicacy that can fit into any festive menu. The modak has a rich aroma which is difficult to resist. Enjoy it family and friends.
Pedas for Ganesh Chaturthi
That said, Modak is not the be all and end all of the Ganesh Chathurthi spread! From Kesar Peda to Malai Peda, both are served to Lord Ganesha.
It is served as a prasad solely or as a part of thali - an offering made to Lord Ganesha during the festival.
Amrit Peda is yet another mitahi made during Ganesh Chaturthi. Made with khoya, sugar and pistachio as the main ingredients, it is ready in just 6 minutes. Totally worth trying when you want to go for Ganpati Darshan to a friend's or relatives's house. You can make it in a jiffy and offer to God.
Other Mithais for Ganpati
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.
Mawa Kesar Roll, Khoya Kesar Roll
From Mawa Kesar Roll and Kaju Katli to Besan Laddoo and Badam ka Halwa, there are umpteen delightful options that you can make.
Kaju Katli, Kaju Katli Recipe
It' your love that matters. Cook it with love and your mithai is going to taste double sweet. You are sure to get applauded.
Besan Ladoo, Indian Mithai
Here is a pick of our top 10 Ganesh Chathurthi sweets, which will help you to make the occasion grander than ever before!