The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and festive cheer is gripping the country with the spirit of celebration, joy and love. While the streets of most Indian cities brim with colourful idols of lord Ganesh in varying designs, shapes and sizes, it is accompanied by an indulgence in a variety of sweets and snacks. At this time of the year, kitchens across the country start filling in with the sweet smell of those delicious stuffed dumplings a.k.a ‘Modaks’.
A delicacy that is known to be lord Ganesha’s favourite sweet also comes with a variety of flavours. Made with jaggery, coconut, rice flour, milk, and cardamom, these ’melt-in-mouth’ modaks are a must-have for this Ganesh Chaturthi. If you are planning to give your same old modak a break and try something exciting with new flavours then we got your back. This festive season pick from this list of flavourful modaks to make Lord Ganesha happy and treat your taste buds.
1. Kaju Modak
A delicious take on the traditional modaks, Kaju modak is a rich and decadent sweet that can easily be prepared with minimum ingredients. While cashew nuts and sugar are the two main ingredients used for the preparation of these modaks, one can enhance the nutty flavour of this sweet by adding some saffron strands, cardamoms and some dry fruits to add some crunch.
2. Mango Modak
Mangoes are not called the king of fruits for no reason. While the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi also marks the end of mango season, how can one not eat this sweet fruit one last time? Incorporating the fresh flavour of those juicy mangoes into this traditional sweet is an absolute delight. Just add some fresh mango pulp to your modak mix and voila you are all set for the festivities. This modak recipe surely deserves some extra points for being a healthy alternative as it can be prepared without using sugar or other artificial sweeteners.
3. Kesar Modak Peda
Saffron has been one of the world’s most prized spices for thousands of years that was used by ancient empires to dye clothing, scent perfume, and flavour food. Kesar Modak Peda is a sweet which contains the essence of this rich spice to enhance the flavour and give this treat a beautiful golden colour.
These flavourful modaks are made with four simple ingredients namely milk, saffron, mawa and sugar.
4. Chocolate Modak
The festive season doesn’t get any better than this with the ultimate fusion version. Chocolate modak is an off-beat modak flavour that would not fail to bring a smile to your face. A rich tasting sweet with deep and delicious flavour of chocolate, this recipe gets its rich flavour from cocoa powder.
5. Rose-Coconut Modak
A recipe that combines the delectable flavours of coconut and rose will give you a mouthful of delight in just one bite. Prepared with desiccated coconuts, rose flavour, mawa, sugar and cardamoms, this sweet will burst multiple flavours in your mouth at once.