Ganesh Chaturthi 2022: Prepare a Feast with These Special Recipe Ideas
Ganesh Chaturthi is a widely celebrated festival in central India and marks the 10 days where Lord Ganesha steps down from Mount Kailash to bless his devotees. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and fervour in states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Goa among others. Massive installations of Lord Ganesha and his mother, Goddess Parvati are decorated with flowers and venerated in deep devotion through aartis and devotional songs. These pandals or tents also see a variety of cultural dance performances by kids and adults alike in the spirit of the festival. Even privately, families and friends get together to worship Lord Ganesha with frequent daily aartis and puja prasad.
If you are celebrating this Ganesh Chaturthi by installing an idol in your home, then other than decorative items and puja thali ingredients, you will need to think about the puja prasad and the lunch after the puja. Traditionally, 6-7 traditional Ganesh Chaturthi recipes are made and first served to God. It is only post-Ganesh puja that the devotees sit down to feast on the traditional food.
If you are looking for dishes to prepare, here are some delicious recipes you can try for Ganesh Chaturthi 2022:
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 recipe 1: Modak
Modak is a dumpling-shaped sweet that is known to be Lord Ganesha’s favourite. This is why it is made every year during Ganesh Chaturthi. This simple sweet is made with jaggery, rice flour, wheat flour and coconut among other ingredients. Since according to tradition, a plate of 21 Modaks is prepared and presented to Lord Ganesha during the puja, make sure to make enough to last your family too.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 recipe 2: Shrikhand
Strained flavoured yoghurt topped with saffron is another sweet highlight of this festival. Traditionally a Gujrati sweet, Shrikhand is popular in Maharashtra too. The flavour of cardamom, nuts, sugar and saffron in Shrikhand is so heart-warming that it is loved by children and adults alike. Try this dish if you are looking for a quick yet delightful, sweet recipe.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 recipe 3: Kadhi
Characteristically yellow, Kadhi is a Rajasthani gravy dish which is a mix of Bengal gram flour (Besan), curd, turmeric and green chillies. Simple to make and slightly sour in taste, Kadhi is often paired with fritters or Pakoras during festivities. It can also be enjoyed with roti or rice. Prepare Kadhi on this Ganesh Chaturthi for a savoury, spicy and sour touch to your menu.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 recipe 4: Vada
Vada is a savoury fried snack popular in south India and central India. There are several ways of making Vadas, however, most use lentil flour, Indian spices, and vegetables like onions and green chillies in them. Vadas are crispy and delicious to munch on during festivities. Some vadas or pakoras pair extremely well with Kadhi and can be often seen dipped in the same.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 recipe 5: Puran Poli
Unique and sweet, Puran Poli is a stuffed flatbread popular in Maharashtra. Especially made during auspicious occasions, Puran Poli contains a sweet stuffing, known as Puran which is made from chickpea flour, ghee and sugar. Once rolled into a roti form, Puran is again cooked with dollops of pure ghee for an authentic and delicious taste.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 recipe 6: Aloo Puri
One can never go wrong with the savoury combination of potato curry and crispy, golden puris. Made with boiled potatoes, spices and fresh ingredients like green chillies, curry leaves etc, a potato curry makes for a much-need spicey and aromatic dish on your menu. And, having beautifully round puris helps elevate the taste of the potato curry and makes the meal a joy to have.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2022 recipe 7: Masale Bhat
One rice item can add a great touch to your festive menu and the popular Maharashtrian Masale Bhat is just that. Spicy, aromatic and full of flavour, Masale Bhat is a one-pot dish made with essential Indian spices like Jeera, Rai, Bay Leaf, Hing, Chilli powder etc along with vegetables like carrot, cauliflower and peas, all sauteed in pure ghee.
Along with these 7 dishes, you can also look to make other equally popular items such as Sabudana Vada, Kothimbir Vadi, Moong Dal Khichdi, Amti, Coconut Ladoo, and Motichoor Ladoo, Sheera, Besan Ladoo, Rava Ladoo, Karanji, Barfi, Carrot Halwa among others.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!