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My first priority this month is getting my Ganesh Festival Recipe list together.
This year too we will be celebrating Ganesh Festival with the usual pomp from is celebrated with great pomp and cheer from 5th Sept. The number of days Ganesh is celebrated in a household is predecided. You can have anything from 2,3,5,7 to 10 days. In Goa, we also have 21 days Ganapathi.
Ganesh also known as Vinayak, Vighnaharta, remover of obstacles is well known. He is also known by different names the chief being Bhalchandra, Ganapathi, Ekdanth etc.
The worship of Ganesh is something that is common to all sects of Hinduism. As a child, Ganesh was slain by all the Gods and then brought back to life. His mother, Parvati was still furious and to appease her the boon granted to Ganesh was he will be worshipped first. So he is worshipped first before the commencement of any festivities even now. The festival begins with people bringing in clay idols of Ganpati this symbolises Ganesha’s visit. The last day of the festival is Ananta Chaturdashi when Ganesha idols are immersed in the most convenient body of water.
Devotees offer Ganesha sweets such as modaka and small sweet balls called laddus. He is often shown carrying a bowl of sweets, called a modakapātra. Because of his identification with the color red, he is often worshipped with red sandalwood paste (raktacandana) or red flowers. Dūrvā grass (Cynodon dactylon) and other materials are also used in his worship.
Festivals associated with Ganesh are Ganesh Chaturthi or Vināyaka chaturthī in the śuklapakṣa (the fourth day of the waxing moon) in the month of Bhadrapada(August/September) and the Ganesh Jayanti (Ganesha’s birthday) celebrated on the cathurthī of the śuklapakṣa (fourth day of the waxing moon) in the month of magha(January/February).”
A festival means celebratory food and celebratory food or festive food in India is generally according to the season. That is seasonal food, plus we do not use onion or garlic.
Celebratory food in Goa is not same as in Maharashtra or Karnataka. but in my case living here in Goa for ages my Ganapathi festivities food have become mixed. I have a bit of Maharashtrian food,Karnataka Cuisine and Goan Cuisine. Pick what you feel is convenient, available and will work for you. As I end up wondering what to make this is a recipe list that will help me and hopefully is useful to you too. Do let me know if you found it of any use. Also your feedback, additions they are most welcome.
How life changes !!!
As a child, we celebrated Ganesh for 5 days. The buildup and the anticipation of the festival had us excited. We talked nothing but about the festival and the decorations made by others. Unlike others our backdrop was made with saris, lighting was the only way we decked up the place where the idol was to be installed. So boring!!
On the day of the festival was always a holiday but we woke up early and had a head bath. Breakfast used to be simple like Hachit avaliki or upit/upma. Then we went out with Pappa to fetch the idol from the markets.
When I was small we choose our idol but later we had to place an order. I always wanted the colourful Ganesh idols that depicted Ganesh standing on a snake or some such thing like the neighbours. But we always had Ganesh sitting in Padmasan his trunk turned to the right side. It’s only now I know that worshiping this form of has the strictest of rules and hence we had only backdrops and lights.
Why am I vacillating between the past and present it is my recipe list , focus Archana
Day 1 the Day Ganesh is installed at the designated place. It calls for an extra celebratory lunch. Ukdi Che Modak modak sounds great with Varan Bhat ( Maharastrain Style Dal and Steamed rice) with home made ghee and pickle, Pickle2. We will be having Moonga Ghati along with poori, a Koasambri or bhindikai gojju as a side. Since I am serving Poori no bhajiya today but Alu wadi or Patra is welcome. The end Yeli Adki or paan supari.
Day 2 is Rishi Panchmi in Maharashtra Rishi chi Bhaji is made I have never tasted it but I believe its delicious. Ladies in Karnataka observe a fast on this day. But I will be making Besan Ladoo or Rava Ladoo. Amma loved Ladoo and it is her death anniversary today . Believe me, I am in no mood to cook on this day even though it is 15 long years that she expired. A Khatkhate will be enough to eat with chapati or rice, papad and pickle.
Day 3 TodayKhat I am planning to make Shinga da cha Shira or Gajar ka Halwa as the sweet. Vegetable today is Chana-Cho-Ras without the onion and garlic, do not worry it still tastes great with chapati, Carrot Kosambari, Masala Bhat and Majige or Tak.
Day 5 My sweet today is Kheer, Satv or Ragi Pudding, Toi with plain rice, Chapati and Neer Phanas aa chi Bhaji in case it is available or Neer Phanas Kapa, or Cauliflower Kapa and Potlakaya Koora or Snake Gourd Vegetable and pulao with Pumpkin Raita.
Today is the last day of Ganesh and so in the evening before immersion of Ganapathi I will be making a prasad or nevidhyam of sugar, gram and dry coconut, curd poha or Masur Avalaki.
With a heavy heart, The Lord will be immersed in a water body. Ajji said that Ganesh had come home to visit us but then his mother is missing him and his way home is through the lake. So we used to call out,”Ganpati Bappa Morya” and “Pudchya Varshi Lavakr Ya”! “Salutations Lord” and “Come back soon next year!”
Since in the past, we did not have Plaster of Paris idols the idols just dissolved in the water.
Now it’s so heart-rending to see these idols broken and undissolved in the wells,ponds, the sea. Is it not a shame the Lord who is revered so much is let in a sorry state . It is an ecological disaster and a dishonour to the Lord! Be eco-friendly and use clay , flour for the idols. The kids will love making them, let them make the Ganesh Idol.
Treasure the Ecology and respect Nature! Leave a heritage that the Kids will be proud of you!