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Food for the Elephant Headed God

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Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner and food is something that is an integral part of the festival.

One of the favourite God’s of our times, Ganesha is easily the most celebrated and revered of them all. And when it is Ganesh Chathurthi, it is time for a feast. After all the God who loves good food means that your taste buds are in for a joy ride too. Sweets are always an essential part of festivals and Ganpati has its own significance with sweets like modak and ladoo.

Poovarsu Elai Kozhukattai, a favorite dish in the southern districts of Thanjavur from the Vathimal Brahmin cuisine. Poovarasu leaf is from a tree called Poovarasan. Thespesia Populnea, commonly known as the Portia tree, Pacific rosewood, Indian tulip tree, or milo, among other names, is a species of flowering plant belonging to the mallow family, Malvaceae.

Undralu with Allam Chutney courtesy Ganesh Gangoni, Executive Chef, Mercure Hyderabad KCP
Undralu with Allam Chutney courtesy Ganesh Gangoni, Executive Chef, Mercure Hyderabad KCP

Food and Lord Ganesha have an inextricable connection. Also Ganesha is worshipped in myriad forms and so is the food that is offered to him.

Here are some recipes for you to try:

  • Red velvet ladoo courtesy Aditi Handa, Co-Founder & Head Chef, The Baker’s Dozen
  • Poovarsu Elai Kozhukattai courtesy Maruthavanan Kumaraswamy, Executive Chef, Mantra Koodam, CGH Earth
  • Nutella Chocolate Brownie Modak, courtesy Vinayak Patil, Corporate Chef, Butterfly High
  • Shrikhand courtesy Lalan Sarki, Chef, The Black Pearl, Marathahalli
  • Til Khajur Laddoo courtesy Dr. Smita Naram, Co-Founder, Ayushakti
  • Undralu with Allam Chutney courtesy Ganesh Gangoni, Executive Chef, Mercure Hyderabad KCP
  • Gluten free & sugar free Ragi hibiscus modaks courtesy Prashant Bhoir, Executive Chef, Intercontinental, Kebab Korner

Read the full story that first appeared in Deccan Chronicle dated August 29, 2022 here:

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