Ganesh chaturthi recipes collection 2022, 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.
You can choose from these wide range of kozhukattai recipes, as well as other simple, easy recipes to prepare for the festival.
Are you celebrating for the first time and looking for ideas or guide to get an idea? Start here with this!
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✨ About festival
One of the widely celebrated Hindu festivals across India is Ganesh chaturthi.
It celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha
In Tamil Nadu, it's commonly called vinayaga chaturthi. Or in other words, Vinayaka chaviti or simply pillayar sadhurthi as we call at our home.
It is generally a 10 days festival until the Ganesh Visarjan. 11th day the idol is usually immersed to nearby water bodies. We can also do it in short number of days like one, three, five, seven or nine.
Though it is celebrated by many, each region, each household 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.
I have shared how I celebrate with step by step instructions to make it easy for your (Link above). So please go through it.
Check out this popular Ukadiche modak recipe in my website.
You can do some prep works prior to make this easy! Check out these useful links:
You can make with store bought rice flour or Idiyappam flour too for easy finish!
Here are the must try recipes as well as what I traditionally make every year. As south Indians ours are mostly stuffed kozhukattais than ladoo or modak.
But since it is a long festival, we can always make different dishes and offer to him until visarjan.
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.
Appam is Ganesha's favorite, my mom makes often. This is a quick and easy prasad option as well.
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.
Easy recipes for ganesh chaturthi
Sweet pidi kozhukattai and ammini kozhukattai are widely prepared as well as traditional without the hassle of stuffing or mold.
Wheat kozhukattai and sago kozhukattai are easy but different too.
These kozhukattais are protein packed, healthier base than rice.
Stuffed Varieties - Unique ones
Below are some unique kozhukattai, modak if you like to raise eyebrows of your family/ friends with a WOW! With no compromise in taste.
Other Favorite Must Try Recipes
Apart from modak/ kozhukattai, we also make other wide range of recipes for offering Ganesha as he stays in our home until Ganesh Visarjan.
His favorite ladoos, sweet somas, appam, sojji appam etc.
Ganesh Chaturthi Special Sweet Kozhukattai Recipe
- ½ cup Rice flour Ready made idiyappam flour
- 1 teaspoon Sesame oil
- Water – As needed
- Salt – As needed
- 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.
We, as south Indians, do a complete south Indian full meals with rice, paruppu, ghee, sambar, rasam, kootu, pachadi, poriyal, payasam, vadai for lunch. Then make kozhukattai both sweet (2 varieties) and savory kozhukattais to offer.
Every family have their own tradition to celebrate festival and it changes from household to household, region they live.
Here is an overview to celebrate the festival:
Firstly, make a shopping list of what we need for the festival. Decorations, flowers, groceries, fruits, Ganesh idol, etc.
Secondly, take head bath, clean the house - Pooja place, kitchen (sweep/ mop), decorate it. We draw maakolam at entrance and pooja place.
Thirdly, place Ganesh idol and decorate it. Chant mantras (like 'Om Ganeshaya Namaha) or just wholeheartedly chant his name.
prepare God's favorite food to offer. You can also offer his favorites like fruits, etc.
Lastly, light lamp, arrange his favorites in front of him neatly. Offer it to Ganesha, do aarathi and pray for well being.
Please read my other detailed post for more information (Link above)