Ganesh Chaturthi 2019: From Modak to Payasam- a range of lip-smacking delicacies
It is that time of the year when big pandals are erected and grand idols of Ganesha are installed while people gear up to welcome into their homes 'Bappa', the elephant God during the Ganesh Chaturthi
As no festival is complete without scrumptious food and delectable sweets, for Ganesh Chaturthi too devotees prepare a variety of lip-smacking delicacies to offer to the benevolent God. As dishes differ across regions, we enlist top Seven traditional foods that are offered to Ganesh during the festival.
Given the fondness of Ganesh for modaks, this comes as no surprise. It is the most popular delicacy that is offered to him across regions. Made from flour, jaggery and coconut, modaks are available at every sweet shops and one can buy varieties of these humble dumpling.
It is another common offering that is prepared to please the God on this festival. Made from semolina and sugar it is typically prepared in two flavours- banana and pineapple.
A traditional Maharashtrian dish, puran poli is flat bread stuffed with lentils and jaggery which is commonly offered to the God in the state.
It is a popular offering with many shops stocking the delicious sweet. "Besides, modak we prepare motichoor laddoo for the festival," says Vikas Madan, Sant Sweets.
The delectable combo consists of crispy puri made from refined flour and a sweet dish prepared from strained yoghurt topped with nuts.
This festive treat is a deep fried snack prepared with sabudana and potatoes along with spices and roasted peanuts.
Another Maharashtrian savoury, kothimbir vadi is crisp fritter made from gram flour, coriander and spices. This is also a favourite offering among devotees.