One of the best things about Ganesh Chaturthi, apart from showcasing the khoobsurat paithanis and kanjivarams and grooving on the hypnotizing beats of Deva Shri Ganesha, is indulging in the wholesome goodness of mouth-watering, homemade mithais. And, if you think that modaks are the only speciality you need to try, you definitely need to widen your horizons.
Here is a list of five melt-in-your-mouth delicacies to try:
Typically offered as a prasad to Lord Ganesha in Karnataka, these are deep-fried sweet-pies which are prepared by stuffing roasted chana dal, gur (jaggery), grated coconut and almonds in maida rotis. Also, known as gujiya in the northern parts of the country, these crispy and delicious sweets are sure to make both Vinayak and our bellies happy!
A traditional sweet from Andhra Pradesh, chalimidi or chalividi is prepared by mixing together cooked rice flour, jaggery, cashews and grated coconut. Similar to sooji kheer in texture, it is easy to make at home and is a quintessential element of the prasad thali served to Ganesha on Chaturthi.
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Next on the list are these sweet laddos made of rice rava called undrallu. Offered as prasadam to Lord Ganesha in the state of Andhra Pradesh, these sweet balls are prepared with coconut, jaggery, and rice flour. There are two variations of undrallu, sweet and savoury. The savoury laddos are prepared a bit differently using channa dal and rice flour.
4. Puran Poli
For all you guys who thought that aloo is the ideal stuffing for parathas, it is time you tried this delectable sweetbread. A much loved Maharashtrian recipe, Puran Poli is made by mixing roasted chana dal with jaggery and stuffing the mixture into parathas. This one is a must try!
Patholi is a sweet rice dumpling which is known as much for the taste, as for the way that it is prepared. Typically a Konkani treat, patholi is prepared by steaming rice rolls filled with grated coconut and jaggery in fresh and fragrant turmeric leaves. Patholi might remind you of macher paturi from Bengal, only that this one has the added advantage of being sweet.
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Written by Rukmani Bakshi