Ganesh Chaturthi is right here and we love welcoming Lil’ Ganesha to our homes every year. While the festival is about celebrating our faith in Ganesha for 10 days, we also love this for food. Ganesh Chaturthi is all about making our hearts and bellies happy.
So here are 7 foods that you must prepare this Ganesh Chaturthi.
Perhaps the most popular Prasad offered to Lord Ganesha is Modak. Now, Modak is available in various forms and flavours from Chocolate Modaks to Mango Modaks there is a flavour for everyone. But the most famous are the Maharashtrian Modaks or steamed modaks made with rice flour.
Puran Poli is flat sweet bread which is often prepared for festivals like Ganesh pooja and Diwali. It is filled with jaggery and roasted chana dal. Maharashtra’s Puran Poli is famous across the Telugu speaking states as Bobbatlu.
One of the most famous snacks made during the festival season is Kothimbir Vadi or Kothimeera Vadalu. A crispy snack made with besan, coriander leaves and spices. You can deep-fry these vadas or steam them.
Sabudana is an extremely healthy and tasty ingredient to work with. Sabudana Khichdi made with fresh vegetables, sabudana and ghee is flavourful and is a highlight in the festival foods.
Coconut Barfi is a delicacy prepared during the Ganapati festival and served as prasadam. It is prepared with coconut, sugar, milk and cardamom powder. A very popular sweet in South India, this is a must at the Ganesh Puja celebrations.
Potatoes make everything great, nai? And Batata Bhajji made with potatoes, besan, spices and herbs. Crispy and crunchy it is prepared during the evening puja.
What is a Ganesh Puja festival without our favourite laddoos? Moti Choor, Besan, Dry fruit laddoos are served as a Prasad on every single day of the celebrations. Also, considered as the favourite food of Ganesha, Vinayaka Chaturthi is incomplete without these laddoos.
When we say Kudumulu, we might think of a breakfast item, but for Ganesh Puja, a special Bellam Kudumulu are cooked as prasadam. Also called as bellam kudumulu, they are flattened rice discs loaded with bellam or jaggery and rice flour or rice rava and steamed to perfection.
Undrallu are also called as Kudumulu, but are slightly different from Bellam Kudumulu. Very similar to Modaks these are served as naivedyam to Lord Ganesha. Undrallu are made with rice flour or rice rava, but the core ingredient is not jaggery, but salt. Steamed, fluffly and and savoury, Ganesh Puja is incomplete without these.