vinayaka chaturthi recipes | maharashtrian ganesh chaturthi recipes 2018

Vinayaka Chaturthi Or Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festival in maharashtra and is celebrated with a lot of devotion and celebration. This year Ganesh Chaturthi is starting on 13th september 2018 and as usual will last for 10 days.

There are many recipes which are prepared specially for ganesha chaturthi festival. I am sharing Maharashtrian recipes from the blog, that can be made during the Vinayaka Chaturthi festival.

Sweet recipes for ganesh chaturthi festival:

Lord ganesha is fond of sweets and it is common to make Sweet recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi. modak is lord ganesha’s favorite sweet and is prepared in almost every household. Apart from modaks, ladoos are also prepared in many homes. Sharing some modak, ladoos and a few traditional recipes from the blog.

1. Ukadiche or steamed modak – this is the most popular modak recipe. It is also sold in many sweets shop during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Many people take special orders to prepare this modak. usually, on the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi festival, modak is made.

2. Fried modak – step by step recipe.

3. Rava modak or semolina modak – this is an easy modak recipe as no frying or steaming of the modaks is required. Step by step recipe as well as a video illustrating the process of making these easy rava modaks.

4. Dry fruits modak – sweet dumplings made from rice flour and stuffed with mixture of mawa, poppy seeds, coconut and dry fruits.

5. Chocolate modak – prepared mainly from three ingredients chocolate, mawa/khoya (evaporated milk solids) and sugar.

6. Mawa modak – quick and tasty modaks made with khoya, sugar and cardamom powder.

7. Puran poli – sweet flat breads that are specially made for vinayaka chaturthi or any other festive occasion.

8. Coconut ladoo – made using desiccated coconut. Simple and quick recipe with step by step photos. You can also check these other coconut based sweets – Coconut barfiCoconut ladoo with condensed milk and Coconut ladoo recipe with khoya.

9. Rava ladoo – traditional sweet made from semolina.

10. Sabudana ladoo – sweets made from tapioca pearls. Can also be had during fasting days.

11. Besan ladoo – sweet, nutty ladoos made from gram flour. One of the popular sweet made during all major festivals of India as well as celebrative occasions.

12. PatHoli – steamed rice rolls made in turmeric leaves. Made during gauri ganesha festival in the konkan and Goan regions.

13. Coconut barfi – easy to prepare coconut barfi with condensed milk and desiccated coconut.

14. Karanji – fried dumplings with sweet filling. Another variation is this Dry fruits karanji. the Goan variation is Nevris.

15. Shrikhand – sweetened yogurt flavored with spices like saffron, cardamom and charoli nuts.


Main course recipes for Vinayaka Chaturthi:

1. Poori bhaji – lightly spiced potato bhaji or sabzi, served with poori or Indian flat bread.

2. Aloo methi – made using baby methi leaves and potatoes.

3. Varan bhaat – Goan style. varan bhaat made with lentils and coconut.

4. Varan bhaatMaharashtrian style. delicious lentil stew or dal made with pigeon pea lentils and served with rice.  served as naivedyam to lord ganesha

5. Kala vatana sambar – Malvani style sambar made during Ganesh Chaturthi.

6. Kala vatana amti – no onion no garlic coconut based black peas curry. tastes best with rice pooris, bhakris, ambolis (a dosa variety) and steamed rice.

7. Alu vadi or patra – also known as pathrode. These are shallow fried and tempered steamed colocasia leaves. Snack from maharashtra and Gujarat regions.

8. Chawli usal – spicy coconut based curry made with black eyed beans.

9. Moong dal khichdi – special khichdi offered as naivedyam for lord ganesha. Made using minimal ingredients.

10. Sabudana khichdi – tapioca pearls cooked with potatoes and peanuts. Very popular fasting or vrat recipe.

11. Sabudana thalipeeth – crisp and soft pancakes made with tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes, ground peanuts and spices.

12. Batata bhaji or aloo sabzi – no onion no garlic batata bhaji

13. Masale bhaat – a spiced rice preparation with mix vegetables. No onion no garlic recipe.

14. Rice pooris – soft fluffy pooris made with rice flour.  these pooris go well with kale vatanyche amti or sambar

15. Katachi amti – lightly spiced and tempered dal.

16. Maharashtrian kadhi – slighly sweet and tempered yogurt sauce.

17. Green peas usal (matar usal) – no onion no garlic recipe of green peas usal

18. Amti dal – slightly spiced and sweet and tangy dal. No onion no garlic recipe.

19. Pooris – made from whole wheat flour.


Snacks recipes for Vinayaka Chaturthi:

1. Batata bhajji or aloo pakora – crisp golden batter coated fried potato slices.

2. Batata pohe or potato poha – popular Maharashtrian breakfast recipe made from flattened rice and potatoes.

3. Khamang kakdi – cucumber salad. Also known as kakdi chi koshimbir.

4. Kothimbir vadi – crisp coriander steamed fritters.

5. Suran chips – fried chips made from yam.

6. Sabudana vada – fritters made from tapioca pearls. Also made during religious fasting days or vrat.

7. Spicy sabudana khichdi – sabudana khichdi is made with soaked tapioca pearls and flavored with cumin seeds, roasted peanut powder or crushed peanuts and green chilies.

8. Poha chiwda – chiwda made from flattened rice and dry fruits.

9. Savory shankarpali – crisp and savory fried snack made during festive ocassion, especially in maharashtra.

10. Chakli – deep fried snack made from rice flour, gram flour, wheat flour or a mixture of lentil flours.

11. Shankarpali – crisp, fried flour diamonds.


Two more recipes which are made during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in maharashtra:

1. Rishi panchmi sabzi – dish made using a lot of seasonal veggies on rishi panchmi day.

2. Panchamrut – a holy mixture of five (panch) ingredients – cow’s milk, cow’s milk yogurt, ghee, honey and ganga jal ( water from the holy ganges)

More Indian festival recipes collections:

1. Diwali recipes
2. Navratri vrat recipes
3. Karwa Chauth recipes
4. 51 Ganesh Chaturthi recipes
5. 16 sweets for Vinayaka Chaturthi

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  1. I tried your sambar powder n pavbhaji receipes.It had turned out awesome.Thanks a lot for posting such receipes.Awaiting for some more delicious recipes for Ganpati festival.

    1. thanks a lot rupa. i have already shared popular ganesh chaturthi recipes earlier. will see if i can add some more newer recipes. thanks again.

  2. Hi Dassana.
    Is charoli allowed during Navratri vrat?I want to add it to a kheer. I read your post on Navratri fasting rules and all of them are similar to our community. But I am not sure about charoli. Please let me know if you use it during Navratri fasting.