Happy Ganesh Chaturti to all my friends.. May Lord Ganesha always shower His blessings on you!
My Ganesha at home for Ganesh Chaturti ……
Ganesha Chaturthi (Devanagari: गणेश चतुर्थी, Kannada: ಗನೆಶ ಚತುರ್ಥೀ), also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the birthday of Ganesha who is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 20 August and 15 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).
While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in western and southern India. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada and Fiji.
- Maida – 1 cup
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep-frying
- Coconut – 3/4 cup
- Jaggery – 1/2 cup
- Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Sesame seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
To prepare the maida dough, take about 2 tablespoon oil ,heat it and mix well with both your hands to the maida.Use your palms to mix softly so that maida gets all the oil. Now add salt and water to make it a very stiff dough. Keep aside the dough for around 30 minutes.
For the stuffing, dry roast the sesame seeds till little brown,heat jaggery and coconut together till jaggery melts and forms a uniform mixture with coconut. To the above mixture add dry roasted sesame seedsand add cardamom powder. Remove from heat and mix the entire mixture well. Let it cool for some time.
To prepare the Modak, take small balls of the dough, roll it into small puris (please note that the puris should not become too thick because then the Modak will get a hard texture). Keep a round ball of stuffing on the puri and cover with the dough to give modak shape (like we stuff our parathas).
Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry the Modaks.
Yummy Modaks ready to offer to the Lord Ganesha and then serve this sweet Ganesha’s favorite dessert to all your friends and family members.
Modaks can also be made with rice flour and steamed, that is another way of preparing the Modaks but I prepare them with Maida and deep fry them with stuffing.