Ganesh chaturthi recipes collection, to decide your menu on the special festival day. Best of all, the respective recipes are with step by step photos, videos for easy understanding.
✨ About festival
One of the widely celebrated Hindu festivals across India is Ganesh chaturthi. In Tamil Nadu, it’s commonly called vinayagal chaturthi. Or in other words, pillayar sadhurthi as we call at our home.
Though it is celebrated by many, each region, each house hold has it’s own tradition, recipes we follow. So I have shared many recipes over these years and have compiled all of them in one place.
Please refer this page to see how to prepare homemade rice flour for making Kozhukattai, if you wish to prepare from scratch. Also, you can make with store bought rice flour or Idiyappam flour too for easy finish! Wishing you all a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi/ Vinayagar Chathurthi 🙂
📝 Must try recipes
To begin with, our traditional way of making kozhukattai at home is always chana dal sweet pooranam filling that my mom makes. Similarly at my in-laws place it is the same method. So I too follow the tradition of making a sweet stuffing made with kadalai paruppu, coconut and jaggery.
Other than sweet kozhukattai it is savory dish ulundu kozhukattai that makes an important appearance in the menu. So check out the recipe below in the detailed post.
Every year, it’s a tradition to make 3 varieties of kozhukattai for offering to God as well as have it as prasadam. Especially, the third one which we make in smaller batch is ellu kozhukattai with a sweet stuffing made out of sesame seeds, jaggery and coconut.
Following kozhukattai, sundal is one the most common dish prepared specially on the festival day among almost all households in Tamil Nadu. Here’s a version of sundal recipe with white chana (Kabuli chana)
Though these days white chana is used, I have been grown up seeing amma make brown chana/ kala chana or karuppu kondakadalai sundal. It has an amazing texture and addictive to eat.
Are videos more your thing? Especially, for such festivals and traditional recipes, I like to watch the tips, tricks, techniques in video. I have a playlist in Youtube with all the video recipes, so go and watch.
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Ganesh chaturthi recipes – Sweet kozhukattai recipe
- ½ cup Rice flour Ready made idiyappam flour
- 1 teaspoon Sesame oil
- Water – As needed
- Salt – As needed
FOR COCONUT POORANAM
- 1 cup Coconut – 1 cup
- ¾ cup Jaggery
- 2 Cardamom
- For the dough, bring water to boil with a teaspoon of sesame oil and let it boil for a minute.
- Add it to the flour with salt and mix well. Use a spatula for mixing. You may need lots of water. So make sure you boil enough.
- After it becomes warm, knead to a smooth dough and keep covered. You can make equal sized balls and keep covered.
- For the thenga pooranam, place grated coconut jaggery and cardamom powder in a pan, with 2 tablespoon of water.
- Mix in medium flame for 5 minutes, when it starts leaving the sides of pan, switch off the flame.
- Make small cups out of the dough, Fill with the coconut pooranam.
- Repeat and finish the kozhukattais and keep covered until steaming.
- Boil water in steamer and arrange the modaks in the steaming plate and cook for 5 mintues. Or until they are cooked.
- You can reduce jaggery quantity as needed to suit your taste.
- I used little less jaggery than mentioned as I dont like it too sweet.
- To get the outer layer soft, its important to boil water well for making the dough.
- Dough should be almost cooked with the hot water so that you get non sticky pliable dough.
- If the dough is not cooked well, you may not be able to make the cups properly and will break while making.
- To check if the kozhukattais are done, it will be shiny and changed in colour.
- Do not over cook , it may give you rubbery and broken kozhukattais.
- If you mix the stufiing in high flame or for more time than needed, then it may turn hard or brittle.