This Ganesh Chathurthi treat yourself to the amazing feasts personally recommended by Lord Ganesha
With Ganesh Chathurthi just around the corner, the 10-day long extravaganza will start from September 2. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India, especially in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Devotees bring home beautifully sculpted and hand-painted Ganesha idols. Pandals are decorated with grand idols of the deity. Sweet shops stuff their counters with a delicious variety of modaks, barfis and ladoos. No festival in India is ever celebrated without good food. And when it’s Ganesh Chathurthi, the feasts laid out taste divine and heavenly.
Known for his wisdom and benevolence, the child of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati is the stalwart of all things auspicious. But the thing about Lord Ganesha that appeals to people the most are the stories describing his love for sweets. Here is a list of foods that Lord Ganesha loves and you should too –
The delicious modaks are considered to be one of Ganpati’s most favorite sweets. He is also called Modakpriya in the scriptures owing to his immense love for modak. Hence on the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi, devotees offer him a bhog of modak. You can make different varieties of modak to please the deity. For instance, steam modak, dry fruit modak, fried modak, chocolate, and the likes.
2. Motichoor Laddoo
Lord Ganeshais also believed to be very fond of laddoos. You won’t find a single idol or painting of his without a laddoo in one of his four hands. The saffron-infused and aromatic, tiny boondi laddoos are ubiquitous in a bhog offered to the Lord.
3. Puran Poli
It is another classic dish prepared during this time. This sweet flatbread is a crowd-pleaser for sure, with almost every Maharashtrian household making it. Stuffed with sweet lentils and jaggery, Puran Poli tops the list of favorite bhog offered to Lord Ganesha on Ganesha Chaturthi.
4. Coconut Rice
This is a common offering in South India. Coconut rice is prepared by soaking white rice in coconut milk or cooking it with coconut flakes. The delicious treat makes for one of the most loved bhog items to Lord Ganesha.
Payasam is a traditional South Indian kheer and no prasad is ever complete without India’s favorite festive treat – Payasam. The dish is prepared by cooking rice in milk along with jaggery, coconut and cardamom, and is a popular household dish in India during festivals and other special occasions.
6. Banana Sheera
Made with mashed bananas, semolina and sugar; Banana Sheera is another popular offering to Lord Ganesha. This sweet offering tastes a lot like Sooji ka Halwa and the best part – it melts in your mouth.
Satori is a flatbread bhog offered to the deity during Ganesh Chathurthi. A popular Maharashtrian delicacy, Satori is made from khoya or mawa, ghee, besan and milk. Enjoy one of these with a cup of hot tea after a tiring day of rituals and never-ending pujas.
This is Lord Ganesha’s all-time favorite treat. Shrikhand is an Indian sweet dish made of strained yogurt and is quite popular in Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is topped with chunky nuts and raisins to make it taste more heavenly. This year on Ganesh Chathurthi please the lord with some nicely made Shrikhand and don’t forget to help yourself to some too!
Happy Ganesh Chathurthi!