ganesh chaturthi sweet recipes – 35 sweets for ganesh chaturthi festival

ganesh chaturthi sweet recipes

a happy ganesh chaturthi to all the readers.  lord ganesha loves sweets. modaks and ladoos are the favorite sweets of lord ganesha and often served as naivedhyam or bhog to lord ganesha. most people make modaks on the first day of ganesh chaturthi festival in maharashtra.

ganesh chaturthi sweet recipes, sweets recipes for ganesh chaturthi festival

this year ganesh chaturthi is starting on 13th september 2018 and as usual will last for 10 days.

along with modak, you can make ladoos like coconut ladoo, besan ladoo, sabudana ladoo, boondi ladoo, rava ladoo or puran poli, karanji or halwas as a naivedhyam or bhog.

apart from sweets, other popular recipes which are made during ganesh chaturthi festival are:

i have already posted a list of 60 recipes which can made during ganesh chaturthi festival.

35 sweets recipes for ganesh chaturthi festival

1. ukadiche modak or steamed modak – ukadiche modak is one of the most popular modak recipe made during ganesh chaturthi festival in maharashtra. this is a maharastrian modak recipe made from rice flour. its also called as ukadiche modak where the modaks are steamed. a step by step post to make modaks.

ukadiche modak recipe

2. fried modak – these fried modaks are made with whole wheat flour with a sweet coconut and jaggery filling. they can also be made with all purpose flour (maida). again a step by step post to make modaks.

fried modak recipe

3. kozhukattai recipe – 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. basically kozhukattai is the south indian variation of modak made in maharashtra.

kozhukattai recipe

4. chocolate modak – these chocolate modaks are prepared mainly from three ingredients chocolate, mawa/khoya (evaporated milk solids) and sugar. this modak recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make and is simple to make during ganesh chaturthi or any festive season. i have used chocolate chips but you could use grated chocolate of any good brand.

chocolate modak recipe

5. mawa modak – these tasty modaks are made with minimal ingredients which is mawa (khoya or evaporated milk solids), sugar and cardamom powder. you can make this sweet in less than 30 minutes. this is a quick modak recipe and comes handy if you don’t have much time. these mawa modaks can also be served as naivedyam to lord ganesha.

mawa modak recipe

6. puran poli – puran poli is a popular maharashtrian recipe made during ganesh chaturthi or diwali or any other festive occasion. puran poli is a flat bread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from skinned spilt bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery…. in marathi language the sweet filling is called as puran and the outer covering is called as poli. step by step recipe. it is served with katachi amti. you can also check this holige or bobbatlu recipe.

puran poli recipe

7. coconut ladoo  these coconut ladoos are made with desiccated coconut. just a three ingredient recipe and one which does not take a lot of time to make. these are melt in the mouth ladoos. so do try this coconut ladoo recipe for ganesh chaturthi or for any festival. other delicious variations you can make are:

  1. instant coconut ladoo
  2. coconut ladoo recipe with condensed milk 
  3. coconut ladoo recipe with khoya

coconut ladoos recipe

 

8. motichoor ladoo – melt in the mouth ladoos made from gram flour (besan). one of the most popular indian sweet. two more sweets you can make with besan are mysore pak and besan ka halwa recipe.

motichoor ladoo recipe

9. coconut barfi recipe – an easy step by step recipe of coconut barfi made with condensed milk. these coconut barfis have a melt in the mouth soft texture. you can also make coconut ladoos with the same mixture. another delicious variation you can make is coconut barfi with khoya.

coconut barfi recipe

10. patholi recipe – patholi are steamed rice rolls which are stuffed with fresh coconut and jaggery mixture. patholi are made during the gauri – ganesha festival. what makes the patholi special is the steaming technique. these rolls are steamed in fresh turmeric leaves which make them aromatic. step by step recipe.

patholi recipe

11. karanji – crisp flaky fried pastry stuffed with desiccated coconut and dry fruits. step by step recipe. other delicious snacks you can make during ganesh chaturthi festival are:

karanji recipe

11. besan ladoo – these are one of the most popular ladoos made in india. basically these are sweetened roasted chickpea flour balls spiced with cardamom and nutmeg. besan ladoos are delicious and made during all festive occasions in india. for more delicious ladoo recipes you can check this collection of 23 ladoo recipes.

besan ladoo recipe

12. banana sheera or banana halwa – banana sheera or banana semolina pudding is often made during ganesh puja or satyanarayan puja or devi puja or for any auspicious occasion. banana sheera is also made to be served as a prasad. prasad means a gift from the divine. it also means food that is first offered to the deity and then served to the devotees. other popular halwa recipes you can check are:

  1. atte ka halwa
  2. moong dal halwa
  3. badam halwa
  4. ash gourd halwa

banana halwa recipe

13. gajar halwa – a classic indian dessert that goes for any celebrative occasion or season. its an evergreen indian dessert and one of the most popular halwa made in india. few variations of making carrot halwa are:

  1. gajar halwa in pressure cooker
  2. gajar halwa recipe with condensed milk
  3. vegan carrot halwa recipe.

carrot halwa recipe

14. sweet kozhukattai recipe – south indian recipe variation of modaks made with a stuffing of chana dal, coconut and jaggery.

sweet kozhukattai recipe

15. sooji halwa – classic indian semolina pudding made with ghee and dry fruits. step by step recipe. other variations of sooji halwa are:

sooji halwa recipe

16. rice kheer – popular indian dessert made with basmati rice, milk, nuts and saffron. step by step recipe. another popular kheer variety is this seviyan kheer recipe.

rice kheer recipe

17. aval payasam recipe – delicious poha payasam made with flattened rice, ghee and milk. in the recipe i have used thick poha, but you can also use thin poha. even red poha can be used. this poha payasam gets done in 20 to 25 minutes. for more delicious kheer recipes you can check this collection of 26 kheer recipes.

aval payasam poha kheer recipe

18. boondi ladoo – a popular indian sweet made from gram flour batter and sugar syrup. there are two types of boondi ladoos. one is a soft textured one and the other is a crisp hard one. both these ladoos have some variations in the method and the consistency of sugar syrup, thus yielding different textures. this ladoo recipe give a soft textured boondi ladoos.

boondi ladoo recipe

19. basundi recipe – basundi is sweet thickened milk, flavored with cardamom and nutmeg, with the addition of dry fruits. this milk based dessert is popular in the western part of india, specially in the states maharashtra and gujarat.

basundi recipe

20. rava ladoo – quick and easy ladoo recipe made with semolina, khoya (evaporated milk solids) and desiccated coconut. gets done in 20 minutes. for more delicious rava recipes, you can check this collection of 24 rava recipes.

rava ladoo recipe

21. shrikhand recipe – a traditional indian sweet made with hung curd and flavored with saffron and cardamom. its very easy to make shrikhand provided you follow the steps of preparing hung curd properly.

kesar elaichi shrikhand recipe

22. rava modak or semolina modak – this rava modak recipe is an easy method of making modak which takes less time, but effort is there. less time, since  no steaming or frying is needed. fine sooji or rava is used to make the outer cover of the modak. the sweet filling is made of coconut and jaggery. taste wise it is similar to the modak made from rice flour. step by step post plus video recipe.

easy rava modak recipe

23. sabudana kheer – sweet pudding made with tapioca pearls or sabudana and milk. we generally make sabudana kheer during the fasting or vrat days. if you plan to keep fast during ganesh chaturthi festival then you can check these fasting recipes like:

  1. makhana kheer
  2. kuttu ki khichdi
  3. samvat rice khichdi
  4. kaddu ki sabzi
  5. vrat wale aloo
  6. rajgira ki kheer
  7. singhare ki poori

sabudana kheer recipe

24. atta ladoo recipe – easy and quick to prepare delicious ladoos made with whole wheat flour, sugar and ghee. other popular desserts made with whole wheat flour are:

atta ladoo recipe
25. poornam boorelu recipe – one of the most popular sweet snack from andhra cuisine is poornam boorelu. these are deep fried snacks made with a stuffing of chana dal+jaggery and coated with rice+urad dal batter (similar to dosa batter).

poornam boorelu recipe

26. maladu or maa ladoo – quick south indian ladoo made from roasted gram or roasted chana dal. it takes less than 15 minutes to makes these ladoos. they are not only delicious but very nutritious and healthy also.

maladu recipe

27. mango modak – these modaks are prepared with fresh mango pulp, khoya (evaporated milk solids), sugar and flavored with cardamom powder. these modaks are delicious, rich, melt in the mouth and with a lovely taste of mangoes. to make the modaks, i have used fresh mango pulp. you can even use canned mango pulp. i chose alphonso mango since they are sweet but you can use any good quality of sweet and pulpy mangoes.

mango modak recipe

28. til ladoo recipe – simple recipe of ladoos prepared with sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts and desiccated coconut. these sesame seeds laddus make for a good warming sweet snack for the winters. make them, store them and have them whenever you want. another variation you can make is this til gud ladoo recipe.

til ladoo recipes

29. nevris recipe – nevris are deep fried pastries made with whole wheat flour and stuffed with grated coconut, jaggery and dry fruits. nevri is the goan version of the maharashtrian karanji and the north indian gujiya.

goan nevris recipe

30. semiya payasam recipe – one of the easiest sweets that can be made for any festive occasion is semiya payasam. semiya are vermicelli and payasam akins to pudding. making seviyan payasam does not take much time and the entire dish can be brought together in a matter of about 20 to 25 minutes.

semiya payasam recipe

31. dry fruits modak – modaks made from rice flour and stuffed with mixture of mawa, poppy seeds, coconut and dry fruits.

dry fruits modak recipe

32. urad dal ladoo recipe – tasty and delicious ladoos made with urad dal, ghee and sugar. another delicious variation is this moong dal ladoo recipe.

ladoo recipes

33. rice payasam – this payasam is made with coconut milk and jaggery. this kheer is a nice fusion between the kerala rice payasam and the konkani rice payasam. another south indian variation is this paal payasam recipe.

rice payasam for ganesh chaturthi

34. sabudana ladoo – ladoos made from tapioca pearls. these sabudana ladoos can be made for any festival as well as for fasting. the ladoos tasted awesome and you will like them even more, if you are fond of having sabudana in sweets. other popular sabudana recipes made for fasting are:

sabudana ladoo recipe

35. 7 cup barfi recipe – easy and delicious south indian sweet that can be made for any festive or religious occasion. 7 cup barfi includes 7 cups or 7 measures of ingredients. it is also called as 7 cup cake. for more delicious barfi recipes you can check this collection of 12 barfi recipes.

7 cup barfi recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Wow! These recipes are the best! I tasted all one by one and it’s delicious! I can have a party of Ganesh Chaturthi with all these yummy recipes. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you, Dassana.

    • welcome priya. thanks for this sweet comment of yours. wishing happy ganesh chaturthi to you as well.

  2. This is indeed a lovely collection,happy vinayaka chaturthi to you 🙂

    • thanks harini. wishing happy vinayaka chaturthi to you.

  3. Hi Dassana, Thank you very much for your Vegetable recipes. I really like it and enjoyed cooking, it is very easy to follow recipes.Once again thanking you.

    • thanks pratap.

  4. what a nice spread Dassana 🙂

    • thanks nupur