“Ganpati Bappa Morya!“
I grew up listening to stories about Ganpati Bappa who people worship above all Gods. He is considered a kind God who is equally naughty and loves Food/Prasad.
Thus, my love for Ganesh Utsav is immense. Every Indian will be celebrating this day, which is the birth of Vighanrhta Ganesh.
Everyone celebrates this popular festival with extravaganza across the country, especially in Karnataka and Maharashtra. Here 10 days before the Ganesh Chaturthi, people bring idols of Ganesh Ji and establish them at home. Every day, people prepare Indian sweets as prasad recipes for Bhog. On the last day i.e. on Ganesh Chaturthi, everyone prays and prepares tons of Bhog and bid farewells to Bappa.
It is one of the biggest celebrations in India as Lord Ganesha is known as the destroyer of obstacles (Vighnaharta). Thus, Keep your festive spirit alive, with these prasad recipes that you can prepare for your pooja.
Ganesh Utsav is such an exciting time, and it is particularly incomplete without Modak. Modak laddu is a favourite of Ganesha, and he is also known as Modakpriya. Thus, this year I am experimenting with rose jam options.
This Indian sweet is famous in Maharashtra where every devotee prepares it as a prasad recipe during these ten days.
How to prepare Gulkand Modak?
- 300 gm desiccated coconut
- 10 ml condensed milk
- 1/4 tsp rose essence
- Pink colour – optional
- 100 gm gulkand (Rose petal jam)
- A pinch of cardamom powder
- 25gm almond & Pista powder
- Mix desiccated coconut with condensed milk, rose essence and colour. Knead well and form into a dough.
- Prepare Gulkand mixture by combining almond and cardamom powder.
- Grease the Modak mould with ghee and close it. Press upwards so that it goes till the top.
- Gently open and remove the Modaks.
- Set aside. Crush dry fruits roughly and spread on Modak.
- Finally, Gulkand Modak is ready. Serve now or after chilling. Enjoy!!
Note: You can refrigerate it up to 2 to 3 days.
Btw! Comment below if you know the famous story of Ganeshji and Modak.
Sattu is healthy and also easy to make Bhog. These laddus are festive Indian sweets and are made with the roasted chana dal flour. This prasad recipe is highly nutritious and healthy, especially for kids.
How to prepare Sattu Laddu?
- Sattu flour (chana) – 1 cup
- Jaggery – 1/2 cup
- Ghee– 1/4 cup
- Cardamom – 1
- Almonds – 8
- Kaju & Pista for decoration
- Take a pan and add ½ cup ghee to it. Now, roast Sattu flour well in medium flame until the colour changes to golden or it becomes aromatic.
- Take the pan off the stove. Next, let it cool down to room temperature.
- Add powdered jaggery, roasted nuts to the Sattu mixture and combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Add more ghee if needed.
- Now take a little portion and roll it between your palms to make laddus, similar to the shape of a ball.
- Sprinkle cut pistachio and Kaju on it, and your prasad recipe is ready to serve.
Panchamrit or Charnamrit is a holy concoction which people use as Bhog on many occasions. People say that PANCHAMRIT helps in the growth of the brain and boost immunity.
Therefore, the first offering to Ganapati Bappa is Panchamrit on the day of the Sthapana. It is first offered to Ganapati Bappa and then distributed as prasad to devotees.
Panchamrit – panch meaning 5, and Amrit nectar – is made of 5 main ingredients: cow’s milk, curd, honey, ghee and tulsi, all holy to Indians.
How to make Panchamrit?
- Milk 7-8 tsp
- Sugar 1 tsp
- Honey 1tsp
- Curd 2 tsp
- Ghee 1 tsp
- Saffron/Tulsi- 2-3 strands (for garnishing)
- Add all ingredients in a clean bowl and mix it well.
- Garnish with tulsi leaves and saffron strands.
Note: It’s ready to serve as an offering to God. Also, never taste the Panchamrit before offering the Bhog to God.
Paal-Payasam is similar to Kheer /Payesh, which is made in the south of the country as a Bhog for Lord Ganesh on this auspicious occasion. Like to all the other versions, it’s made by boiling rice, milk and sugar and garnished with dry fruit. There are numerous versions of this prasad recipe as some people like to use jaggery instead of sugar and use vermicelli instead of rice as well.
Kheer was a part of the ancient Indian diet as known from Ayurveda. It was also a staple in the mandir Prasad.
How to make Paal Payasam?
- 1/4 cup rice 50 grams (basmati/kheer rice)
- 1 tsp ghee
- 4-5 tbsp sugar or jaggery
- 3-4 green cardamom crushed or 1 tsp of cardamom powder
- 1-litre full-fat milk
- Chopped dry fruits
- Rose petals for decoration
- 1.5 teaspoons rose water
- Rinse the rice with clean water and then soak the rice for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Heat the milk in a pan. Once it comes to a boil and becomes half, add the rice. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 10-12 minutes.
- Add Sugar, Saffron and Cardamom Powder, and mix again. Now mash it with a spoon, and cook for 2 mins more.
- Stir in rose water after removing from heat
- Now add ghee in another pan, and put the cashew nuts, roast till golden brown.
- Put it on Payasam for Petals & dry fruit decoration.
- Now serve warm or chilled.
With these mouth-watering prasad recipes, I wish you a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May Lord Ganesh destroy all evil and obstacles from your life.
Happy Vinayak Jayanti!
Love XoXo !!! ❤