With Ganesh Chathurti, a popular Hindu holiday right around the corner, I am re-blogging one of my most popular posts from a couple of years ago. This recipe features a vividly colorful, visually appealing version of the classic modak, a “melt-in-your mouth” steamed rice dumpling. Savoring a steaming, hot modak is not about eating food, it is a divine experience that must be encountered to be believed!! Just like the notorious potato chip, you will find it impossible to stop at one, and will likely polish off at least a couple of these tempting little beauties before you quit! I have provided step-by step directions, so I hope you try this recipe and please reach out to me to give your valuable feedback. May Lord Ganesh bless you all with the very best that life has to offer!
If you have ever visited or lived in my native Maharashtra, a state on the western coast of India during the Ganesh Chathurti holiday season, then you are no stranger to the enchanting atmosphere that the festival brings forth wherever it is celebrated. Heralded as the remover of all obstacles, the elephant headed deity, Lord Ganesh’s blessings are sought by devout Hindus, before embarking on any new project or mission.
The festival conjures up vivid memories of mouth-watering delicacies such as “churma ladoo” among others, but the star of the show has always been, and will continue to be the traditional modak (steamed dumpling), made with rice flour, and stuffed with a sweet, coconut and jaggery filling that you are bound to find irresistible! The fragrant, unmistakable, aroma of freshly grated nutmeg and cardamom is sure to draw even your fussiest family member to…
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