Ganesh Chaturthi is the most awaited festival, not only in Maharashtra but across the western part of the country. These 11 days are filled with laughter, lights, and obviously, food. It's the time to gorge on countless modaks, puran poli and subsume in the collective spirit of the festival, which is marked by several classic dishes, though they're prepared differently in different households.. Of the traditions central to Ganesh Chathurti, the one I love the most is around preparing naivedya, which involves offering food to Lord Ganesha and typically comprises a range of dishes.
Here are seven tempting recipes perfect for your Maharashtrian thali.
This is a staple dish you'll find in every Maharashtrian household, but it is so flavorful that it's great on special occasions, too. Nourishing and loaded with veggies, it's totally worth your time.
Puran poli is reserved for special occasions, but try our recipe and you'll be making it on loop. While everyone may not be perfect at making them, you don't need any skill to enjoy them. Simply dip it in hot milk or, enjoy it with ghee..
If you have amti, bhaat and papad on your menu then, alu vadi also needs to be there. Pro tip: you can make the dough in advance and refrigerate it. Later, fry them whenever you want to and serve them hot.
Rishi panchami bhaji
Rishi panchami is celebrated to pay homage to the sages. On this day, a nutritious stew is prepared with a mix of seasonal vegetables like, colocasia stems, sweetcorn and raw banans.
Spiced with asafoetida, garlic, turmeric, chillies and salt, all of which lends it a beautiful aroma and flavour, this is an indulgent and traditional preparation. Some people prefer adding a dollop of ghee to it while eating, which again is a choice, but definitely enhances the taste.
While making matkichi usal you have to do the bare minimum and you will have a tasty dish ready. Sprouts are nutritious and rich in proteins, which makes them a must-have on your plate.
Do we really need to tell you why modak needs to be on your list?. It may require a tad bit of practice and patience, but the end result is always worth it. If you follow this recipe to the T, you can definitely make the juiciest, filling and amazing modaks.
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