Category Archives: Festival dishes
Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is a hindu festival and is celebrated as birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganesha is the Lord of power and wisdom.
The festival lasts for 10 days ending on Ananta Chaturdashi. Devotees install idols in their homes and the idol is bathed with panchamrut, a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey and jaggery.
Ganesh Chaturthi is by all means a tribute to Lord Ganesha who bestows success upon worthy people.
Devotees make offering of coconuts, flowers and Ganesha’s favourite sweet modaka which is made up of rice flour,grated coconut and jaggery. Another popular dish is the sweet karanji or fried modak which I have already posted under festival dishes
So lets celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with this traditional recipe.
Fried modak is a sweet deep fried dumpling stuffed with jaggery and coconut filling. Karida kadubu or fried modak is also called as karanji in Maharashtra. It is very popular and common in Karnataka and Maharashtra during Ganesh Chaturthi. The outer cover is made with all purpose flour and semolina and the inner filling is made with a mixture of grated coconut and jaggery.
Murukku or chakli is a popular South Indian snack made with rice flour, gram flour and seasoned with salt, asafoetida and either cumin seeds or white sesame seeds. Murukku is a traditional treat for festivals like Diwali and Krishna Janmashtami. The ingredients are mixed together to form a dough which is then shaped into spiral shapes either by hand or using a mould. They are then deep fried in cooking oil.
Vella cheedai is a very popular snack prepared during Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. It is a mildly sweetened and crunchy snack prepared from rice flour, jaggery, cardamom powder and coconut. Vella cheedai is a snack prepared to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna which falls on 28th of August, this year.
Shakarpara or shankarpali is a popular sweet snack in Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is generally made on festivals like Diwali. Shakarpara or shankarpali is rich in carbohydrates, an instant source of energy. It is made with all purpose flour (maida), semolina, ghee and sugar and it has a long shelf life.
Coconut burfi is a very simple sweet dish made from fresh coconut, sugar and cardamom powder. Coconut burfi is made on special occasions or on festival days like Diwali or Janmashtami.
Badam kheer is an Indian dessert made with milk, sugar, saffron and almonds. It is a very delicious and rich pudding which is made on special occasions. Saffron gives a nice colour and taste to the kheer. Badam kheer can be had either warm or chilled. Either way it tastes divine.
In kannada, sihi means sweet and avalakki means beaten rice. Sihi avalakki is a festival sweet dish made of beaten rice and jaggery. It is usually made on Gokulashtami/Janmashtami day, as an offering to Lord Krishna.
Broken wheat has got lot of health benefits. It helps in controlling cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure. It is a very healthy and delicious indian dessert.
Akki payasa or pal payasam is a popular south indian dessert made of milk, rice and sugar. It is made on festival days and special occasions. Milk is cooked on a low flame for a long time to get the right texture and a rich flavour. Pal payasam is an ideal sweet dish during festive occasions.