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Ganesh Chaturthi Special

Maharashtra’s biggest festival is here and people are all set to welcome Ganesha into their homes. Here are 6 recipes with fun twists to make sure the food keeps up with the festivities.


Pumpkin modaks

Modaks are a staple during chaturthi. Instead of conventional fillings, go with a sweet pumpkin and nut mixture for a sweet surprise inside. Even try out fried versions of these otherwise steamed sweets. You could add chocolate for an added twist!


Skip the samosa

These are chatpata, spicy and deep fried potato snacks just like samosas and batata vadas but are yet different. Chunks of deep fried potatoes mashed and tossed in a pickle masala rolled up in a wheat flour roti, dunked in a pakoda batter and fried – the whole deal. Serve with sweet chutney or ketchup.


Crisp colourful chaklis

Make delicious deep fried multiflour chakli spirals with a beautiful reddish hue just by adding some beetroot puree to the dough. Don’t forget the white sesame seeds which give a beautiful contrasting colour and a brilliant flavour that matches the festivities perfectly – beetroot chakli.


Make a mark with Motichoor

Motichoor muffins aren’t really muffins, but layers of moist crumbled motichoor laddoos, chocolate ganache and a khoya mixture layered in muffin moulds to create a brand new version of a classic. You can also use motichoor laddoos to make this eggless silky sweet motichoor custard or crunchy paranthas with a motichoor stuffing.


Chatpata chats – baked!

Okay, so this has all the spice, zing and deliciousness of choley-tikki but served in a brand new avatar. A spicy chickpea curry topped with creamy mashed potatoes and cheese and baked. Serve it along with slices of crisp baguette and tangy date chutney and be ready to be on the receiving end of a volley of praises.


A customary kheer

A specialty of the Saraswat Brahmin community, madgane is a simple Bengal gram, rice flour and coconut milk kheer sweetened with jaggery and topped with fried cashews. It is usually one of the last items served in a tradition banana leaf meal along with a soft melt in the moth puranpoli and dollops of clarified butter.

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Ganpati Bappa Moriya!

Happy Cooking!

Happy Eating!
 

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