Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi is a Hindu festival worshiping lord Ganesha. It starts on the fourth day of Hindu luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in months of August or September. The festival remembers Ganesha’s birthday, and celebrates him as the god of good beginnings, prosperity and obstacle remover. (source: Wikipedia)
As a child, I have grown up celebrating this festival in a very grand manner, where we kept and worshiped the Ganesha idol for 5 days. Elaborate feasts was cooked everyday. On the 5th day, the Ganesha idol was immersed in a river near our house.
I don’t celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi in such elaborate manner these days, yet it is the festival I am most excited about every year. We celebrate it for one day and prepare festive food. This year this festival falls on 25th August. I have put together a few recipes that are our family favourites and are perfect for celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi.
Indulge in these mouthwatering recipes this festive season and enjoy!
Hayagreeva – This is a traditional sweet dish made of Bengal gram lentil, jaggery and coconut
Holige – (Puranpoli/obattu) These lentil stuffed flatbreads are an absolute must at my home for this occasion. Bengal gram sweetened with jaggery is used as the stuffing. Enjoy hot holige by smearing a dollop of ghee (clarified butter) and warm milk
Dry fruit laddoo – Nuts, raisins and absolutely no sugar. Yes, these indulgent treats are super healthy too!
Kadlekalu Usli – This simple brown chickpea stir fried with spices is offered as ‘prasada’ to Ganesha on chaturthi
Besan Laddu – Gram flour or besan cooked in ghee, mixed with sugar and shaped into laddu or balls are absolutely delish
Mung dal Kheer – Made with moong dal or split green gram and flavoured with coconut milk, this simple vegan dessert is free of refined sugar
Kosambari – Healthy, delicious salad is traditionally served as an accompaniment
Shavige payasa – (vermicelli pudding) Roasted vermicelli cooked in milk and sweetened with sugar, this simple dish is an absolute winner
Rava laddu – (semolina laddu) Simple and quick sweet treats made with semolina, coconut and sugar, these little bites are ready in no time
Almond Burfi – Similar to fudge, almond burfi is made with almond meal. It stays fresh for 3-4 days when stored in air tight container
Gasagase payasa – (poppy seed kheer) made with just 3 ingredients, it is vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free
Festival thali – make this delicious spread and enjoy during this festive season