11 Different Types Of Modaks To Relish This Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is believed to mark the birth anniversary of the deity and is celebrated on the fourth day (chaturthi) of the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada. He is believed to remove obstacles (hence Vighnaharta, one of his 108 names) and is invoked for blessings at the start of any endeavour as the lord of good beginnings. Domestic celebrations end after 1 1⁄2, 3, 5, 7 or 11 days. Ganesh chaturthi is incomplete without modaks, So I have made a list of 11 different types of modak you can make for our favourite Bappa!
- Ukadiche Modak
If you are planning to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi and make it a grand event, you must have loads of sweets on the menu to offer to Ganpatiji and serve as prasad or bhog. The ever favourite sweet of Lord Ganesha, Modak is the favourite sweet of Hindu deity, Ganesha. It is an Indian sweet dumpling. Modak holds a special place at the time of Ganesh Chaturthi, with people offering 21 pieces of modak in the prasadam. Ukadiche Modak is one the most popular modak recipe made of coconut and jaggery. They are handmade and cooked in a steamer. Tastes best with ghee!
- Chocolate Modak
While the traditional modaks are stuffed with coconut and jaggery mix, the modak, in keeping with the times, has gone through numerous hybrids. Chocolate modaks are prepared mainly from three ingredients chocolate, mawa/khoya and sugar.
Jaggery Modaks are Rich and luscious, a melt-in-the-mouth treat. While this mouth-watering delicacy is an inseparable part of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, you can try it more often as it is a tasty treat for the whole family, especially the young ones.
- Fried Modak
Fried modaks are made with whole wheat flour with a sweet coconut and jaggery mixture. You can substitute whole wheat flour with all purpose flour(maida) and rest all ingredients remains the same.
- Mawa Modak
Mawa Modaks are the ones which come in handy if you don’t have much time. These mawa modaks can also be served as naivedya to lord ganesha. Made with mawa/khoya and sugar are the best one can offer to lord ganesha.
- Dry Fruits Modak
Mouth-watering dry fruit modaks are made from almonds, cashewnuts, raisins, pistachios, seedless dates and khus-khus. You can also add ingredients like cornflakes, oats, chocolate chips to make it more tempting and delicious.
- Rava Modak
Try not to miss on the firm rava modaks as you may not be able to stop at just one. Rava means sooji or semolina and makes for an astounding external shell with a filling of your choice. It can be filled with anything from coconut to jaggery and poppy seeds and even chopped nuts and seeds.
- Paneer Modak
If you are a paneer lover like me then you must definitely go for this one! All you require is paneer, powdered sugar and dries fruits including cashewnuts, almonds, pistachios. The covering is made of maida. If you have not savoured these yet, it is time you gobble this little bit of paradise.
- Cranberry Modak
If you fancy exotic fruits, this new variant is something to watch out for. Not only a treat for the taste buds, but also for the eyes, these cranberry flavoured modaks are made from fresh fruit compote. You can also substitute cranberry with mango pulp! Interesting isn’t it?
- Motichoor Modak
We usually pick up khoya modaks for Ganesh Chaturthi. So Why not go for something different this season? This modak is another interesting option found selling like hot cakes at sweet shops.
- Besan Modak
This besan modak can be made with minimum ingredients and in no time. They are great alternative to traditional modaks as these take lesser time and effort while tasting equally delicious. These Modaks taste great with a hint of kesar and essence of cardamom in every bite. These make a great offering to Lord Ganesha and a delicious prasad for his worshipers. Make sure you the roast the besan to perfection, as that is the secret to perfect Besan Modaks.