Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes | 125 Vinayaka Chaturthi Recipes 2022

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I have many childhood memories associated with the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which is the Vinayaka Chaturthi in South India. Being born and brought up in Mumbai, I got the chance to experience the grandeur of this particular festival in all its glory. In 2022, Ganesh Chaturthi will commence on August 31 and as usual last for 10 days. In this post, I have also shared a recipe card especially for the traditional Modak recipe, which is a personal favorite during this festival.

collage of dishes made for Ganesh Chaturthi festival with text layovers.

Here, I have shared a compilation of 125 recipes which includes 9 modak varieties and 79 other Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi sweets, snacks and lunch or dinner recipes. You can make these for Vinayaka Chaturthi as well.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi (as referred to in South India) is a Hindu festival that celebrates Bhagwan Ganesha’s birth and lasts for 10 days. It is one of the most favorite festivals in my home.

Usually, we look forward to the 10-day long extravaganza as it is the time for our pandal-hopping scenes in our locality. It will be a different scenario this year, where we would get to visit the beautifully decorated and lit pandals.

As I was growing up in Mumbai, it was customary for my family to visit the famous Ganesha pandals in South Mumbai during this festival.

Year after year, we would specially be at my mother’s friend’s place who stayed in Girgaum, Mumbai. Because from her home, we could get the perfect view of the magnificent processions of the visarjan on the last day.  

It was a habit for us to take part in both the morning and evening Ganesh aartis that was regular in the huge pandal of our own locality. I have literally grown up experiencing the positive vibes and celebrations of the Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi festival.

Ganesh Chaturthi And Food

Along with these festivities, food was, is and will always been an important part of not just the Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations, but also any other Indian festival.

As I mentioned above, the Modak recipe is a chosen one at home. Besides this, I’ve seen my family make other Ganesh Chaturthi sweets as well as other snacks, all these years.

While finalizing recipes for festivals like Vinayaka Chaturthi, make sure to speak to the elders in your home about the use of ingredients like onion, garlic, spices, herbs, etc.

Every community has different rules of using or not using these, when it comes to religious fasting recipes.

Most of the recipes mentioned in this signature collection too, have vegan options. Also, if you are a vegan, then use oil instead of ghee and substitute dairy-based milk with coconut milk or almond milk.

Use fresh ingredients only. This means do not use ingredients that are already unpacked or opened. Try to make all your staples like rice flour, lentil flours, ghee, butter, mawa, paneer at home.

Ganesha is always offered freshly cooked food. So do not make ahead any food and refrigerate it. Cook with devotion and prayerfulness and offer it to Ganesha as soon as you prepare the delicacies.

Other Indian states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Gujarat also celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with equal devotion and excitement. In South Indian states, it takes the form of Vinayaka Chaturthi/Chavithi, also known as Pillayar Chaturthi or Vinayagar Chaturthi. 

The Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi sweets or other recipes vary from region to region and state to state. For example, Modak recipe, one of the favorites of Lord Ganesha, becomes the Kozhukattai in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. While South India has sundals, popular savory preparations, you won’t find them in Maharashtra.

Along with modaks, Ganpati is also fond of ladoo. So, we offer a variety of ladoo too, to him during this festival. This post of mine will help you with many such well-known as well as lesser-known Ganesh festival specials.

Symbolism Of Lord Ganesha

Every year, we wait with all our zeal and excitement to be a part of the vibrant Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi festivities. He is certainly one of the most endearing divine forms and no puja is complete without first paying obeisance to him.

But ever imagined, what exactly does the form of Ganesha represents? What is the significance and why the elephant head? Here are some of the many interpretations:

  • The foremost qualities of the Elephant are wisdom and effortlessness. Thus, the Elephant Head denotes both these. The massive head also signifies knowledge and wisdom. Elephants don’t see obstacles as hindrance. They overcome them and keep walking ahead. This signifies effortlessness.
  • The strong Elephant’s trunk can pull up huge trees and also pick up a delicate flower. Thus, Ganesha`s trunk symbolizes that a wise human being can be both strong and tender.  
  • The large ears are a representation of a sieve – it hears (assimilates) a lot, but retains only the good and eliminates the bad.
  • Ganpati’s eyes are small, just like an elephant’s – which has the ability to see very far. This means that your present day deeds have repercussions in the future too.
  • The huge belly epitomizes kindness and total acceptance.

More On The Symbolism

  • One tusk represents unity, no duality in life. One leg folded over other resting on the ground symbolizes a balance between worldly affairs and spirituality.
  • The Modak recipe might be a loved one with all of us, just as for Ganesha. But, if you observe the modak in his hand closely, it is actually the tip of 5 fingers coming together, depicting power of co-operation.
  • Ganesha also wields a lotus flower. This signifies that when we connect to the supreme power, we purify ourselves. We become like the lotus flower that, despite being in muddy slush, blooms beautifully. This signifies that we could be in the midst of negativity but we have to rise above it and bloom like a lotus.
  • And why does the elephant-headed Ganesha, have a tiny mouse as his ride? It is lust, greed and attachment in life that get on to you and destroy you. The Mouse depicts greed and vices over which we have to be victorious. We have to be in control and ride over our desires.

Modak Recipes

Modak is the most favorite sweet of Bhagwan Ganesha. There are many types of modak prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi.

But the most famous Maharashtrian modak is the steamed Modak also called Ukadiche Modak that is made from rice flour and stuffed with a sweet filling of coconut and jaggery

Many sweet shops serve readymade mava modak or peda modak in Maharashtra. In some shops advance orders are also taken for modak.

If you plan to prepare sweets for Bhagwan Ganesha then Modak and Ladoo are two sweets which are must. You can make either Boondi ladoo, Rava ladoo, Besan ladoo or Coconut ladoo.

8 Modak Varieties

Find below 8 variants of modak which you can choose to make during Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. While the traditional Modak takes time to make, you could opt to make quick versions of modak like the Mawa Modak or Chocolate Modak.

modak arranged beautifully on a bright green plate.
Moderate 1 hr 30 mins

Modak Recipe (With & Without Mould)

Modak or Ukadiche Modak is a traditional Maharashtrian sweet of stuffed rice flour dumplings offered to Bhagwan Ganesha on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
closeup shot of fried modak in a round bamboo bowl with a dark pink flower inside
Moderate 1 hr

Fried Modak

Fried modak is a delicious and popular modak variety made during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival and offered to Bhagwan Ganesha. This recipe has the crust made of whole wheat flour with a sweet stuffing.
kozhukattai placed on turmeric leaves on a brass plate.
Moderate 1 hr 30 mins

Kozhukattai Recipe | How To Make Kolukattai

Kozhukattai or Kolukattai is a festive South Indian sweet of steamed dumplings made with rice flour dough and stuffed with a filling of coconut and jaggery.
Moderate 30 mins

Rava Modak | Semolina Modak

Rava Modak are sweet dumplings made with semolina and stuffed with coconut jaggery filling and flavored with cardamom powder.
chocolate mode on a white plate garnished crumbled pistachio and decorated with red rose petals
Moderate 17 mins

Chocolate Modak

Chocolate modak is an easy variation of modak made with 3 ingredients – chocolate, mawa (evaporated milk solids or khoya) and sugar. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make and is simple to make during festive seasons.
mawa modak served on a fresh turmeric leaf kept on a white plate.
Moderate 25 mins

Mawa Modak | Khoya Modak

Mawa Modak is a quickest and instant variation of Modak and gets done in less than 30 minutes. These tasty modak variant is made with minimal ingredients like mawa or khoya (evaporated milk solids), sugar and cardamom powder.
top shot of dry fruit modak placed on a turmeric leaf and served on a white plate.
Moderate 1 hr 20 mins

Dry Fruit Modak

Dry Fruit Modak is a variation to the classic steamed modak. These are sweet steamed dumplings made from rice flour dough and filled with a mixture of assorted dry fruits, nuts, khoya (evaporated milk solids), poppy seeds and coconut.
mango modaks placed over a turmeric leaf kept on a plate.
Moderate 30 mins

Mango Modak

Mango Modak is a delicious variant of modak prepared with fresh sweet mango pulp and khoya/mawa (evaporated milk solids).

Ladoo Varieties

No festive occasion is complete without sweets and so is the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Some sweets from the blog that can be made during the Ganesha Festival.

besan ke laddu, besan ladoo
Moderate 30 mins

Besan Ladoo | Besan ke Laddu

Besan Ladoo or Besan ke Laddu is a popular Indian sweet made during festivals. These are round sweet balls made with gram flour a.k.a besan, powdered sugar and clarified butter (ghee).
rava ladoo in a circle with lit earthern lamp in center on a bronze plate
Moderate 30 mins

Rava Laddu | Suji Ke Laddu | Rava Ladoo

An easy method to make rava laddu for Diwali or any festival. This rava ladoo also known as suji ke laddu is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee.
coconut ladoo placed in a circle and in the center on a white plate on a red table
Moderate 15 mins

Coconut Ladoo | Nariyal ke Laddu (3 Variations)

Make coconut ladoo with three recipes. The first one is a quick 3 ingredient recipe made with fresh coconut, milkmaid and cardamom powder. The second recipe has 2 ingredients – desiccated coconut and condensed milk. The third recipe is made with desiccated coconut and sugar.
top shot of six boondi laddu in pink muffin liners on a white plate placed on pink napkin
Difficult 35 mins

Boondi Laddu (Boondi ke Ladoo)

Boondi laddu is a popular Indian sweet made by combining lovely little bits of fried and sugar-soaked batter (made with gram flour) with seeds and fragrant spices. Each bite is a delightful blend of smooth, soft, and melt-in-the mouth texture.
motichoor ladoo recipe, motichur laddu recipe, motichoor ke ladoo recipe
Moderate 30 mins

Motichur Laddu (Motichoor ke Ladoo)

Motichur laddu are soft, delish melt in the mouth ladoo made mainly with gram flour, sugar, and spices.. One of the most popular Indian sweet.
atta laddu served in a brown bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 15 mins

Atta Laddu | Wheat Ladoo

These wheat ladoo make for a good sweet snack for kids as well as for the whole family. Easy and quick to prepare delicious ladoo made with whole wheat flour, sugar and ghee.
til ladoo recipe, sesame seeds ladoo recipe
Difficult 20 mins

Til ke Laddu

Til ke laddu is a healthy, delicious, and nutty ladoo prepared with sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts, and desiccated coconut. A vegan recipe and also a Makar Sankranti festival special sweet.
aval laddu recipe, poha laddu recipe, atukula laddu recipe
15 mins

aval laddu

Aval laddu are delicious ladoo made with thick poha (flattened rice or parched rice), jaggery and ghee.
murmura ladoo recipe, pori urundai recipe
20 mins

pori urundai

Pori urundai is a crunchy, crisp, light, delicious, easy ladoo recipe which gets ready in minutes made with puffed rice. Also known as murmura laddu and puri unde.
sunnundalu or urad dal laddu served on a white plate.
Moderate 17 mins

Sunnundalu Recipe | Urad Dal Laddu

Sunnundalu is a special and unique Andhra festive sweet made with urad dal (black gram), ghee and sugar or jaggery. These protein rich treats are tasty and keeps well for a few days at room temperature.
maladu recipe, maa ladoo recipe
Easy 12 mins

Maladu Recipe

Maladu or maa laddu (pottukadalai ladoo) is quick South Indian recipe of ladoo made from roasted gram or roasted chana dal. Maladu is made with just 3 main ingredients – roasted gram flour, ghee and sugar.
moong dal laddu served on a white plate.
Moderate 17 mins

Moong Dal Laddu

Moong Dal Laddu are nutty sweet balls made with moong lentils, ghee, sugar and flavored with green cardamoms. These Moong Dal Ladoo are quite addictive too.
dry fruit ladoo placed on a white plate on a yellow napkin
Easy 20 mins

Dry fruits Laddu

Easy Dry fruits laddu recipe without any added sugar or fats like ghee or oil. Packed with nutrients, good fats and fibre, these energy balls are made with dates, figs and various nuts. Dry fruit laddu recipe gets done quickly and comes together under 20 minutes.

Barfi Recipes

Below you will find some delicious barfi variants. Burfi or Barfi are fudge-like sweets that are made with nuts, dry fruits, lentil flours or lentils.

coconut burfi slices on a white platter with a rakhi in the background.
Moderate 1 hr 25 mins

Coconut Burfi | Nariyal ki Barfi

This Coconut Burfi is a delish, melt in the mouth fudge made with sweetened condensed milk, milk, and desiccated coconut. 
7 cup burfi
Moderate 30 mins

7 Cup Burfi | 7 Cups Sweet

7 cup burfi is a easy and delicious South Indian sweet made with gram flour, ghee, fresh coconut, milk and sugar. It is also known as 7 cup cake or 7 cups sweet as it is made with 7 measures of ingredients.
besan barfi recipe, besan burfi recipe
30 mins

Besan Barfi

Besan ki barfi is a traditional Indian sweet of a rich and decadent barfi made with gram flour, sugar and ghee. 
kaju katli stacked spirally
Moderate 20 mins

Kaju Katli | Kaju Barfi Recipe

These Kaju Katli are the way they are actually meant to be – thin, smooth, melt in the mouth slices of cashew goodness. A popular Indian sweet made with cashews, sugar and water.
cubes of mysore pak on a wooden serving tray on a table.
Difficult 25 mins

Mysore Pak Recipe

Mysore pak is a popular and super delicious Indian sweet from the city of Mysore in the Karnataka state in South India. Mysore pak is made with only three ingredients – gram flour, ghee and sugar. It is rich, luxurious and melt in the mouth sweet.
barfi recipe, khoya barfi recipe, mawa burfi recipe
Moderate 20 mins

Barfi Recipe

Easy and delicious recipe of quick barfi made with khoya or mawa.
carrot barfi recipe, gajar burfi recipe
35 mins

Gajar ki Barfi

Easy, quick and tasty recipe of carrot burfi

Kheer and Payasam Varieties

Kheer or Payasam are some of the dishes that do not take time to prepare. In the list below you will some popular and traditional kheer and payasam variants from across India.

rice kheer recipe
Moderate 50 mins

Kheer Recipe | Rice Kheer

Rice Kheer is a popular Indian sweet dessert made with basmati rice, whole milk, nuts and saffron. Kheer recipe is easy and is made with a one pan or one pot method. Rice Kheer is basically Indian rice pudding and makes for a creamy delicious sweet dessert. 
seviyan kheer served in a glass bowl
Easy 20 mins

Seviyan Kheer | Vermicelli Kheer

This creamy seviyan kheer is a North Indian sweet made with wheat vermicelli, milk, sugar, dry fruits and flavored with spices. This incredibly easy recipe of semiya kheer comes together in 20 minutes and makes for an excellent dessert or sweet.
sabudana kheer recipe
Easy 35 mins

Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana kheer is a sweet pudding made with tapioca pearls or sabudana, milk and sugar.
badam kheer recipe
50 mins

Badam Kheer

Badam kheer or almond payasam is a delicious creamy kheer made with blanched almond paste, milk and saffron.
makhane ki kheer served in a black bowl
Moderate 35 mins

Makhane ki Kheer

Makhane ki kheer is a sweet dessert pudding made with Makhana (foxnuts), milk, ghee, sugar and dry fruits. This is an easy and popular sweet that is often made during Hindu fasting days.
paneer kheer recipe
Easy 25 mins

Paneer Kheer

Paneer kheer recipe is a quick and easy Indian cottage cheese kheer for the festive season. Ready in less than 25 minutes.
paal payasam garnished with dried rose petal chiffonade in a brass bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 1 hr

Paal Payasam | Rice Payasam

Paal Payasam is a simple South Indian variant of a slow cooked rice pudding made with only 4 ingredients. This recipe is of a typical Tamil style Rice Payasam that is creamy and delicious.
20 mins

Aval Payasam

Delicious poha kheer or payasam made with flattened rice, ghee and milk.
20 mins

pasi paruppu payasam

Delicious creamy moong dal payasam made with yellow moong lentils, jaggery and coconut milk.
chana dal payasam recipe
Moderate 2 hrs 35 mins

Chana Dal Payasam | Kadalai Paruppu Payasam

Chana Dal Payasam also called Kadalai Paruppu Payasam or Kadala Parippu Payasam in South Indian languages is a delicious sweet pudding made with chana dal, coconut milk, dry fruits, jaggery and some flavorings.
sabudana payasam recipe, javvarisi payasam recipe, sago payasam recipe
Easy 30 mins

Javvarisi Payasam | Saggubiyyam Payasam

Javvarisi payasam or Saggubiyyam Payasam is a sweet creamy pudding made with sago(tapioca pearls), milk, ghee, sugar, raisins and cashews.

Halwa Recipes

overhead shot of gajar halwa or carrot halwa filled in a bronze bowl placed on a bronze plate
Moderate 1 hr 10 mins

Gajar ka Halwa Recipe | Carrot Halwa

A Carrot Halwa recipe made in the traditional way and slow-cooked – with just grated carrots, whole milk, ghee, sugar and some nuts. You will love this evergreen and popular Gajar ka Halwa recipe. Make this rich sweet for special occasions or during festivals.
lauki halwa, dudhi halwa
Moderate 1 hr

Lauki ka Halwa | Dudhi Halwa

Lauki halwa is also called as dudhi halwa. It is a rich Indian sweet made with bottle gourd (opo squash), milk, sugar and ghee. The method of making lauki halwa is similar to making gajar halwa. Making lauki halwa is easy but takes some time. This is a slow cooked halwa and what you get after minutes of slow cooking is super deliciousness. 
suji halwa recipe
Easy 15 mins

Suji ka Halwa | Sheera Recipe

Suji ka halwa or Sheera is a classic Indian semolina pudding made with sugar, ghee and dry fruits. The recipe I have shared is a family heirloom recipe. We have been making this suji halwa recipe for decades during family get togethers, special occasions & festivals. The sooji halwa recipe can be easily halved, doubled or tripled.
closeup shot of kesari served in dark green plate
Moderate 25 mins

Kesari Recipe

Rava kesari is a delicious melt in the mouth sweet made with rava or suji (semolina), ghee, dry fruits and saffron. It is a popular South Indian sweet and can be easily made in less time. 
rava kesari with milk, kesari recipe with milk, rava milk kesari recipe
30 mins

Rava Kesari With Milk

This Milk Rava Kesari is an easy to prepare delicious kesari variety made with milk, semolina (rava), sugar and dry fruits.
banana halwa
Moderate 20 mins

Banana Halwa | Banana Sheera

Banana Halwa or Banana Sheera is delish sweet pudding made with semolina or cream of wheat, bananas, sugar, dry fruits and is often made as a prasad for Ganesh Puja, Satyanarayan Puja, Devi Puja or for any auspicious occasion.
moong dal halwa recipe
Moderate 7 hrs 10 mins

Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa is an addictive and delicious halwa variant made with mung lentils, milk, sugar and nuts. It is popular in Rajasthan and some North Indian states. This sweet is rich, heavy and usually served during festivities and celebrations.
badam halwa recipe, badam ka halwa recipe
Moderate 1 hr 5 mins

Badam Halwa

Badam ka halwa is a rich, luxuruous and popular South Indian style delicious halwa made with blanched almonds, ghee and sugar. This recipe gives you one of best almond halwa that you can make.
papaya halwa recipe
Moderate 50 mins

Papaya Halwa (Papaya Sweet)

Papaya Halwa is a Indian sweet or dessert made with papaya. This Papaya Sweet is prepared by slow-cooking semi-ripe papaya, sugar and almond powder in oil. With hints of lovely cardamom, it makes for tasty dessert to end your meals with.
besan halwa recipe
Moderate 30 mins

Besan Ka Halwa

Besan halwa is a delicious sweet made from gram flour, ghee, sugar and cardamom powder.
apple halwa recipe
Moderate 45 mins

Apple Halwa

Apple halwa recipe made with apples, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Apple halwa is a delicious halwa that is easy to make. This apple halwa does not use sooji (rava), milk, khoya or milk powder. Just apples, sugar (optional) and ghee. Flavorings and nuts of your choice can be added to the halwa. 
lauki halwa, dudhi halwa
Moderate 1 hr

Lauki ka Halwa | Dudhi Halwa

Lauki halwa is also called as dudhi halwa. It is a rich Indian sweet made with bottle gourd (opo squash), milk, sugar and ghee. The method of making lauki halwa is similar to making gajar halwa. Making lauki halwa is easy but takes some time. This is a slow cooked halwa and what you get after minutes of slow cooking is super deliciousness. 
kesari bath recipe, kesari bhath recipe
20 mins

kesari bath

Rava kesari bath recipe – rich Karnataka style sweet made with rava (cream of wheat), sugar, dry fruits and ghee
semiya kesari recipe
25 mins

Semiya Kesari

Semiya kesari is a delicious sweet made with semiya, dry fruits and ghee.
pineapple kesari recipe
Moderate 15 mins

Pineapple Kesari | Pineapple Halwa | Pineapple Sheera

Pineapple Kesari also known as Pineapple Sheera or Pineapple Halwa is a delicious, melt in the mouth sweet made with rava or suji (semolina or cream of wheat), fresh pineapple, sugar, ghee and nuts.
ash gourd halwa recipe, kashi halwa recipe, white pumpkin halwa recipe
40 mins

ash gourd halwa

ash gourd halwa or kashi halwa or dumroot halwa is a delicious halwa made with ash gourd or white pumpkin.

More Sweets For Vinayaka Chaturthi

five karanji pieces on a white plate on a cream doily
Moderate 1 hr 20 mins

Karanji Recipe (Authentic)

Karanji is a crisp, flaky, fried, moon-shaped pastry stuffed with a sweet filling of desiccated coconut, nuts and dry fruits. It is also one of the sweet snack that is made during Diwali festival.
top closeup shot of shankarpali filled in wooden bowl
Moderate 1 hr

Shankarpali Recipe

Sweet shankarpali are crisp, flaky, melt in the mouth fried and baked biscuits. Shankarpali is a popular festive snack from Maharashtra.
shakkar pare recipe, shakkar para recipe
Moderate 50 mins

Shakarpara Recipe | Khurma | Shakkarpare

Shakkarpara or Khurma is a diamond-shaped, crunchy, flaky and fried flour cookies coated with crystallized sugar. Try my authentic Punjabi recipe of this scrumptious Shakkarpare snack that you can literally munch on, any time!
Moderate 1 hr 30 mins

Patholi Recipe

Patholi are steamed rice rolls which are stuffed with fresh coconut and jaggery mixture.
closeup shot of brass spoon filled with basundi on top of a brass bowl with basundi
Easy 25 mins

Basundi Recipe

Basundi is a thickened, sweetened milk flavored with cardamoms, spices and nuts. This basundi recipe is a quicker version made with sweetened condensed milk and comes together under 25 minutes.
top shot of shrikhand with chopped pistachios on a dark green serving tray
Easy 15 mins

Shrikhand Recipe (2 Ways)

Shrikhand is a delicious and simple dessert recipe made with thick yogurt flavored with sugar, saffron and cardamom. Get two ways of making shrikhand recipe with hung curd as well as greek yogurt.
panchkhadya recipe, panchakajjaya recipe, easy panchkhadya prashad (naivedyam)
15 mins

Panchkhadya Recipe

Panchkhadya is basically a mixture of 5 edible ingredients that is offered to the deities and then served as prashad to everyone.

Maharashtrian Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

Each family has its own traditional and favorite dish that they prepare. I am sharing these Maharashtrian recipes from the blog, which you can prepare during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Traditionally, Modak recipe is made for the first day of this festival.

Note that in some recipes you may find the addition of onion and garlic. Kindly omit adding these two ingredients if you make any of these dishes during the festival.

Breakfast & Snacks

closeup shot of a stack of sabudana vada on top of each other in a white plate with red chilli sauce in a white bowl
Moderate 5 hrs 30 mins

Sabudana Vada (Authentic Traditional Recipe)

Sabudana Vada is a popular savory deep fried snack made during Hindu fasting days, featuring tapioca pearls (sago), potatoes, peanuts and herbs. They are naturally gluten-free and vegan. This fool proof sabudana vada recipe gives you a super delicious crispy vada with a soft and light interior.
sabudana khichdi
Moderate 25 mins

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Sabudana ki khichdi is a delicious dish of tapioca pearls (sago) made with potatoes, peanuts and usually had during Hindu fasting days like Navratri, Ekadashi, mahashivratri. It is also a gluten free recipe. In this recipe post, you will get many tips and suggestions to make the best non-sticky sabudana khichdi. 
puran poli folded and served on a green color plate.
Moderate 2 hrs

Puran Poli Recipe

Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from hulled and spilt bengal gram/chana dal, jaggery and ground spices. This traditional recipe is from the Maharashtrian cuisine.
kothimbir vadi recipe
Moderate 35 mins

Kothimbir Vadi

Kothimbir vadi is a delicious savory crisp snack from the Maharashtrian cuisine made with gram flour (besan), coriander leaves, peanut, sesame seeds and spices. They are a popular tea time snack loaded with coriander leaves (cilantro).
alu vadi recipe, patra recipe
37 mins

Alu Vadi

Alu vadi also known as patra or pathrode is a delicious dish of colocasia or taro root leaves smeared with spiced, sweet and tangy gram flour paste and steamed to be tempered later.
batata bhaji recipe, aloo sabzi recipe
30 mins

aloo sabji

Batata bhaji or aloo sabzi is an easy recipe of boiled, peeled and chopped or crumbled potatoes tempered with spices and sautéed.
closeup shot of aloo pakora arranged on a plate with slices of wheat bread on a square white plate
Moderate 25 mins

Aloo Pakora

Aloo pakora are soft melt-in-the-mouth fried potato fritters coated in a delicious, golden, crispy gram flour batter. Make this awesome vegan potato snack also known as potato bajji in less than 30 minutes.
poha recipe, kanda poha recipe
Easy 30 mins

Kanda Poha

This poha recipe is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast made with flattened rice, onions, herbs and spices.
chivda in a decorative metal bowl
Moderate 25 mins

Chivda Recipe | Poha Chivda | Namkeen Recipe

Chivda is a quick and delicious snack mix or namkeen mixture from the Maharashtrian cuisine made with flattened rice (poha), spices, dry fruit, nuts and with hints of salt and sugar.

Lunch or Dinner

poori bhaji
40 mins

Poori Bhaji

This is a warm and lightly spiced aloo sabji or bhaji with hints of coriander, ginger and other Indian spices. This sabji goes very well with pooris or chapatis.
varan bhaat
Easy 1 hr

Varan Bhaat (Maharashtrian Varan Bhaat Recipe)

Maharashtrian varan bhaat recipe – delicious lentil stew or dal made with pigeon pea lentils and served with rice.
aloo methi in a enameled black rimmed small white wok on a brown jute napkin.
Easy 40 mins

Aloo Methi

Aloo methi is a classic Indian side dish made with tender potatoes and flavorful fenugreek leaves from Punjabi cuisine. Here I share my family's authentic easy recipe that requires only a few key ingredients and is great for making it either vegetarian or vegan-friendly.
khamang kakdi in a blue rimmed white bowl
Easy 15 mins

Khamang Kakdi

Khamang kakdi is a delicious lightly spiced crunchy cucumber salad from the Maharashtrian cuisine. Its also known as kakdi chi koshimbir which in Marathi language means, salad (koshimbir) made from cucumber (kakdi)
top shot of khichdi in a bowl with a spoon inside
Moderate 40 mins

Khichdi Recipe | Moong Dal Khichdi

Khichdi recipe is a delicious one pot meal of rice and moong lentils. Moong Dal Khichdi is light and easy to digest healthy food. Stove-top pressure cooker, Instant Pot and Stove-top Pan instructions are included in the recipe card.
suran fries arranged on a white plate and garnished with coriander leaves placed on a grey and white napkin
Moderate 35 mins

Yam Fry (Suran Fry)

Fried elephant foot yam, also known as suran, is a crispy spiced veggie dish made with simple, wholesome ingredients. It’s delicious for a snack or side, and pairs great with any Indian main course.
amti recipe, maharashtrian amti dal recipe
Moderate 35 mins

Amti Recipe | Amti Dal

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modak kept on a green plate.

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Special Modak Recipe

Modak or modakam are tasty steamed sweet dumplings and Bhagwan Ganesha's favorite sweet.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Shaping Modak 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Course Sweets
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 16 modak
Units

Ingredients

For outer covering

  • 1 cup Rice Flour or 200 grams
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon oil or ghee
  • 1.5 cups water

For sweet stuffing

  • ½ teaspoon oil or ghee
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds – optional
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut or 100 grams
  • 1 cup chopped jaggery or jaggery powder, 200 grams
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Flour – optional

Instructions
 

Making stuffing

  • Heat a pan and reduce flame to a low. Add ghee or oil and then tip in the poppy seeds, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. Fry for a few seconds until the poppy seeds start crackling. 
  • Add the grated coconut and jaggery.
  • Mix very well. On a low flame cook the coconut and jaggery mixture till there is less moisture in the mixture or for about 7 to 9 minutes. Do not overcook.
  • Then add rice flour to this mixture which will help in absorbing any extra moisture.
  • Let this mixture completely cool.

Making the dough

  • Combine water, salt and oil in a pan or saucepan.
  • Heat till the water comes to a boil.
  • Lower the flame and add rice flour. As soon as you add rice flour then stir and mix well.
  • Remove the pan from the stove-top and cover it with a lid.
  • Rest for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Take the entire mixture in a large plate or board.
  • Begin to knead it. Spread some water on your palms before kneading as the dough will be hot.
  • Knead the dough really well. If the dough appears crumbly, dense or dry, then sprinkling a few teaspoons of warm water continue to knead.
  • Pinch small portions from the dough and roll into small balls in the palms of your hand.
  • Cover the balls with a clean kitchen towel.

Shaping modak with hands

  • Spread some ghee or oil in your palms before shaping modak.
  • Flatten the dough ball with your fingers to a round-shaped circle or a shallow bowl. Place a portion of the sweet stuffing in the center with a spoon.
  • Pleat and press the edges. Bring all the edges on the top and gently press to seal the top. Get rid of any extra portion of the dough from the top. Make modak this way with the entire dough and stuffing

Shaping modak with mould

  • Firstly spread some oil or ghee inside the mould. Then close the mould.
  • Place the dough ball inside the mould. Then create a space inside by pressing the dough inside the mould.
  • Add the sweet stuffing inside the created space.
  • Close and seal the bottom with a small piece of the dough by flattening it.
  • Open the mould and gently remove the modak.
  • Make all modak this way by using any of the method – by shaping with hands or by using the mould. Cover with muslin or a clean kitchen napkin.

Steaming modak

  • Take 2 to 2.5 cups water in a large pan and let it begin to heat on a stove-top
  • Grease the steamer pan with some oil or ghee.
  • Arrange all the modak neatly in the greased steamer pan keeping some space between them.
  • Use a rack or steel stand and keep the steamer pan carefully on top of the rack. The water should have begun boiling in the pan.
  • Cover with a lid and steam for 10 to 15 minutes on a low flame.
  • When the Modak are done, drizzle a bit of ghee on top. Serve Modak to Bhagwan Ganesha.

Notes

  • Kindly check the links above in the post for the remaining modak recipes and the more Ganesh Chaturthi snacks, sweets and lunch recipes.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Ganesh Chaturthi Festival Special Modak Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Calcium 10mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 3µg1%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 7mg2%
Phosphorus 22mg2%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hi Dassana..I have seen ur recipe of coconut rice which reminds me about the Naralibhat and keshari Sakharbhat. – The sweet rice..generally made on the occasion of shravan pournima in Maharashtra..I will b very glad if share those recipes..as exact proportion of ingredients is needed for that.. Sugar syrup is used in sakharbhat.I have doubt about its consistency.So I haven’t tried it.I request u to share both the recipes.

    1. prajakta, i know about both the recipes. i wanted to add narali bhaath recipe this shravan, but was not able to. but yes i do have in my mind, that i need to add narali bhaat. it is has been also requested by some more readers too. will also add keshari sakharbhat.

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