Ganesh Chaturthi festival is also known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’ in other regions of India.
It is celebrated in honor of Bhagwan Ganesha for 10 days. During this Mahotsav, few sweets and savory dishes are made and offered to Ganpati Bappa as a prasad(bhog). Then distributed amongst the devotees.
So here I am sharing the complete list of sweet and savory Maharashtrian Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes. All the recipes are easy to make, beginner-friendly with step-by-step photo instructions and much-needed expert tips.
12 Modak Recipes
Modak is Lord Ganesha’s most favorite food. Hence it has special importance in worship. Traditionally, modak has sweet stuffing made from coconut and jaggery. There are many variations and nowadays there are many fusion versions are also made. Below is the list of modak recipes from the blog.
1) Ukadiche Modak - This is the classic, traditional and must-have for this festive season.
2) Fried Modak – easy to make pleat and gives beautiful looking without any fuss.
3) Chocolate Modak – it takes only 30 minutes (from cooking to shaping)
4) Rava modak - No expertise in shaping modak? No worries, this requires mould.
5) Mawa modak (stuffed) - the outer layer is rich, sweet made from 2-ingredients only and stuffed with naturally sweetened stuffing mixture.
6) Modak peda - It’s quick to make. Total 20 Minutes required (10 mins cooking + 10 mins for shaping).
7) Coconut Modak - It is a no-cook recipe. Just mix and shape. Easy-peasy, right?
8) Malai modak (paneer modak) - super easy to make and tastes fantastic. Don't have mould? Shape into ladoo.
9) Dry Fruits Modak - It is no-cook recipe. Just blend and shape.
11) Kaju Modak - It tastes just like kaju katli in a shape of modak.
12) Mango modak - It is like a mawa modak with a flavor of mango.
14 Other Sweets (Prasad Ideas)
After Modak, Bappa's second most favorite food is ladoo. So many different versions of ladoo are made and served during this festival. Apart from modak and ladoo, few more traditional sweets are also made and offered to god which I have shared below.
1) Panchamrut - A must item in your pooja thali.
2) Coconut Ladoo - It requires only 6 ingredients (2 of them are main, rest are optional)
3) Rava Besan Ladoo - similar to besan laddu but it has some texture from semolina.
4) Boondi Ladoo - time consuming but the joy of making it homemade is something!
5) Churma ladoo - Tradition ladoo made by baking muthia in the oven instead of deep frying in ghee.
6) Besan Ladoo - very easy to make and hard to mess up.
7) Sheera (Sooji Halwa) - you'll need 3 ingredients + 20 mins.
8) Banana sheera - very popular prasad made for Hindi pooja.
9) Puran poli - a must-have for Maharashtrian festival.
10) Karanji - the outer crust is cripsy, flaky with sweet stuffing.
11) Basundi - Sweetened and thickened milk with chopped nuts, flavored with cardamom and saffron.
12) Shrikhand - 2 methods are shared. One is instant and second is time consuming.
13) Shankarpali - sweet, crispy yet melt in your mouth texture, deep fried, whole wheat flour biscuits.
14) Besan Burfi - Simple version made with 4 ingredients only.
12 Savory Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes
Not only sweets but the whole feast it offered to the god. The feast is served on a banana leaf. The feast contains sweets, savories, and panchamrit. Below is the list of savory dishes from the blog.
- Batatayachi bhaji - dry potato subzi made with boiled, cubed potatoes with very minimal spices
- Poori recipe - The popular Indian deep-fried and puffed bread made from whole wheat flour, salt, and water.
- Varan bhaat (maharashtrian style) - Healthy, delicious dal recipe made from toor dal and served with cooked rice.
- Moong dal khichdi - made with moong dal and rice with very minimal whole spices.
- Poori bhaji recipe - dry potato sabzi served with puffed pooris. This is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast.
- Amti recipe - flavorful dal recipe made from toor dal with a touch of sourness and flavored with goda masala
- Matki usal - made from sprouted moth beans, boiled potatoes and flavored with goda masala.
- Katachi amti - This is thin soup like made from strained water after boiling the dal and served with puran poli.
- Sabudana khichdi - made by sauteeing the soaked tapioca pearls with crushed peanuts and boiled potatoes.
- Sabudana thalipeeth - a savory pancake made from tapioca pearls. This is also eaten during fasting or vrat.
- Batata poha - quick breakfast dish made from flattened rice with potato.
- Sabudana vada - made from tapioca pearls, peanuts, and potatoes. Shaped into small discs and then deep fried.
Wishing You Happy Ganesh Chaturthi !