Lord Ganesha has always been portrayed with a sweet in his hand and thanks to his love for good food, his festival Ganesh Chaturthi is synonymous with delicious food. Also, whatever special is prepared becomes the naivedya (offering) and is only then eaten by the devotees, the best part for all the devoted foodies!
When it comes to the maincourse, most of the traditional recipes come from Maharashtra and Karnataka, as these are the states where Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with most fervor. Non vegetarian food is a complete no-no; different communities and families have different rules for the fast or should we say feast for these days! Puliyogare rice from Karnataka, which is cooked rice tossed in a puliyogre masala is very similar to the masala bhaat from Maharashtra. Recipes like sabudana vadas and khichdi, a simple varan bhaat, vaangi bhaat, kothimbir vadi, puran poli, ghee rice, payasam, amti bhaat, chana ussal, batata vada and thalipeeth are commonly prepared for Ganesh Chaturthi! You can stick to these traditional recipes and put your little twists to it. Maybe a whole wheat thalipeeth or cheese centered kothimbir wadi. You can also serve crumbled puran polis in shot glasses drizzled with some desi ghee! The sky is the limit and putting a little twist to traditions is never a bad thing.
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