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Ganesh Chaturthi is here and we cannot keep calm but make it an extra grand affair for you, like we have done all these years. Welcoming Bappa and celebrating him with our families for 10 long days in our homes is something that we eagerly wait for, all year long. It is also true that this year is going to be a little different because of the current situation we're dealing with. But, like always, the excitement, enthusiasm and preparations are in full swing. And if you ask me, this time it's going to be better since everyone's at home and can dedicate 24x7, to please the one and only ‘ek danta.’

All said and done, we know what makes Bappa the happiest; nothing but the delish and cute modaks. It is safe to say that, come what may, preparing this special sweet comes handy during this particular festival. We also know the elephant-headed Ganesha by so many names –  Vinayaka, Vigna Harta, Sukh Karta, Dukh Harta, which all comes down to how he is greatest of all and all these names connected to his powerful attributes. But, one of the very popular names that Ganesha is known by is ‘Modakpriya’ which is only because of his unending and immense love for the customary mithai, modak.

This year, we’ve got 8 fabulous modak recipes to serve to the Ashtavinayak and please all the 8 avatars of Lord Ganesha!

 

1. Ukdiche Modak

To a lot of people, these might look like dumplings or momos, but in fact these are the traditional modaks, most popular and favoured in Maharashtra. This version uses rice flour, which makes for the covering alongwith coconut and jaggery, flavoured with elaichi that becomes the tasty filling. These are then shaped and steamed to perfection. Here’s the recipe to make it at home.

2. Mawa Modak

The one that is commonly bought from the sweet stores across the nation, this type uses mawa or khoya, along with the flavour of kesar and elaichi, and squeezed into the moulds to get the perfect shape. But, this year, you don’t have to get the store-bought modaks, instead make them at home. Start with this super easy one in your home kitchen.

3. Chana Dal Modak

Have you ever tried this unique variation of modak? If not, try it this year! Modaks prepared with a twist of ground chana dal and jaggery cooked together to form into these little mithais.Even Ganpati is going to love this healthy plus delectable variation for sure!

4. Chocolate Modak

Who doesn’t love chocolates? Almost everyone does! Also, chocolates and desserts are a match made in heaven. Here’s an interesting spin to this much loved festive sweet with chocolates, walnuts and coconut. Try it and fall in love with this one instantly!

5. Dates and Anjeer Modak

If we talk about the best substitutes for sugar, dates and figs are always in the top 5 of the list. Take a break from the artificial sweeteners and sugar and try this healthier version instead. With a mixture of your favourite dry fruits, this superb modak is going to win Bappa as well as your heart in a jiffy. Plus, this is vegan too!

6. Sandesh Modak

The traditional Bengali sweet, sandesh has a separate fan base all over the country. So, we decided why not club it with modak, and turn it into something that’s even more awesome! Made with the most basic ingredients, you’ll hardly feel the difference between the actual sandesh and this version when you bite into this beauty.

7. Fried Modak

Festivities are all about some sinful indulgence. While you figure out what to prepare for your snacks, here’s something that might interest you more. With a delicious stuffing of coconut flavoured with saffron, khus khus and cardamom, these modaks are fried till perfectly crisp. Don’t you feel like trying it right away?

8. Almond Katli Modak

You know how kaju katli has got to be there at every desi festivity without a doubt. We thought why not give it a spin and prepare something special for Ganesha too. Here’s a kaju katli inspired modak made with almond flour to end this exclusive list. It’s bound to impress everyone!                                                

Happy cooking and eating! Ganpati Bappa Morya!


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.