iuikGanesh Chaturthi or “Vinayak Chaturthi” is one of the major traditional festivals celebrated in India. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, starting on the Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period), which falls around the end of the monsoon season.
Ganesha the most beloved cheerful deity is worshipped with great pomp and show, on this day.He is worshipped first before starting new venture in life,since he is considered the remover of all obstacles.He is known to have a sweet tooth and is an ardent foodie, so the devotees celebrate his birth by making his favorite dishes, among which the Kozhukattai or Modak tops the list. Being an Elephant headed God, makes him a lover of rice balls, coconut and jaggery (cane sugar), so most of the dishes prepared on this day have these ingredients in one form or another.
May his grace fill our homes and hearts each day to keep us safe, healthy, peaceful , happy and prosperous today and in the days and years to come !
Our Ganesha at home is sweetly fed with his favorite Kozhukattai, both sweet and savory, the recipe follows :
- 1 cup rice flour
- 2 tbsp maida (optional)
- 1 3/4 cup water
- 2 tsp oil
- Salt to season
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 green chili (can be substituted with paprika or black pepper)
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro (coriander)
- 1/8 cup coconut
- 1/4 cup green peas
- Salt to taste
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup khoya /milk solids (or condensed milk / milk powder)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Pinch of saffron
- 2 cardamoms deseeded and powder
- 1-2 tbsp walnuts/cashewnuts
- Sift the flour to make sure there are no lumps. Set aside.
- Boil water in a pan. Add the oil and salt to it.
- Now add the flour into the pan. Do not mix, do not try to distribute. Just add the flour in a pile and let it cook on medium heat for 5-7 min.
- Turn off the heat of the boiling water-flour mixture. Now, mix the flour, stirring it well with a wooden spoon.
- Let it cool for about 5 min.
- Knead the dough well, making sure it is safe to handle while it is still warm.
- Grease your palms with a drop of oil. Make small marbles with the dough.
- Steam the marbles with in a vegetable steamer or idli stand for 10 min.
- For the Savory Sundal,
- Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds. Once they begin to crackle, add the green peas.
- Meanwhile, blend together the coconut, green chili, salt and cilantro and set aside.
- When the peas turn soft, add the blended coconut-cilantro mixture.
- Add the half the steamed flour marbles and saute for about 5 min. It is now ready to serve as a snack or side
- For the Sweet Payasam,
- Start heating the milk on medium with constant stirring.
- Once the milk begins to boil, add the khoya, sugar, powdered cardamom and the saffron and boil for another 5 min until all the components merge to a smooth mixture.
- Add the steamed marbles and boil it for 5-7 min or until the milk thickens to a desired consistency.
- Let it cool. Garnish with walnuts/Cashewnuts roasted in a little ghee and serve.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi !