Ganesh Chaturthi is a famous festival in India and is round the corner. People in Goa and all over India have started preparing different sweets for the festival. Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet is modak. Modak is an Indian dumpling which can either be deep fried or steamed. Today’s recipe is deep fried modak which have freshly grated coconut, jaggery, sesame seeds, cashewnuts, cardamom powder and little ghee or clarified butter as filling.
I have been preparing deep fried modak since many years for Ganesh Chaturthi. Today I somehow found time to post this modak recipe. Modaks are prepared for Janmashtami in my in-laws house too and offered as Neivedyam.
Modak is Lord Ganesha’s favorite food and hence he is also known as Modakpriya. 21 modaks are served as neivedyam to Lord Ganesha and later distributed to all as Prasad. There is a story why Ganesha loves modaks. Modaks can also be prepared for other occasions like Sankashti which comes every month.
Some sweets like chakri, ladoo and nevri can be prepared and stored for weeks in air-tight containers. People in Goa make these in advance and distribute it to relatives and friends on the occasion. People also send these sweets to their married daughters as a part of “Vaje”. Along with sweets, clothes, coconuts, lentils, fruits, fire-crackers are also sent to daughters.
Various no onion and no garlic dishes gets prepared in Goan homes during Ganesh Chaturthi. Dishes like varan bhaat, amlechi uddamethi, puri, chana tonak without onion, muga gathi, toi, saar, patoli, shevyachi kheer, bhajjis, papad, pickle, etc are made. The celebrations last for minimum 1 and half days for Ganesh Chaturthi and 1 day for Goddess Parvathi’s Tay (Also known as teej in North India). People keep Ganesha for 1.5 days, 5 days, 7 days, 11 days or 21 days. People celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with love, joy and happiness. They offer prayers day and night by singing arthis(religious songs) and doing poojas(religious offerings). Also check the top 5 recipes to make for Ganesh Chaturthi.