7 Mithai and Prasad ideas to try

Lord Ganesha looms large in Hindu mythology, the beloved son of Lord Shiva is always the first god to be worshiped before every puja. Lord Ganesha is also known as ‘Vighnaharta’ meaning the remover of troubles, and on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi devotees bring home Ganesha idols for prosperity and happiness. The 11-day festival is celebrated with great opulence across Maharashtra and parts of southern India. Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are also incomplete without festive delicacies, sweets play a crucial role in bhog and prasad, and yes, there are plenty of options beyond Modak.

1. Modak Chocolate

Give your modak a chocolate twist with this easy recipe. Steamed dumplings filled with chocolate spread, this modak is going to be a hit around the house. Lord Ganesha is also known as ‘Modakpriya’ or Ladoos lover. Therefore, this year, step up your “modak game” with this recipe.

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2. Rava Ladoo

Rava or semolina is used to make a variety of delicacies, but when it comes to desserts, one way or another, we cannot think beyond the standard halwa. Rava Coconut Laddoo is an immensely popular Ganesh Chaturthi dessert which is usually prepared at home only. The semolina gives this laddoo a firm shape and the coconut a delectable smoothness, together they form the magic.

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3. Coconut barfi

Barfi is an Indian fudge made from a combination of ingredients. It can be made with any lentil, nut, or fruit, but one of our all-time favorites has got to be Coconut Barfi. Shredded coconut mixed with sugar and milk, shaped into rectangular pieces, this sweetness is easy to make and so irresistible.

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4. Boondi Laddoo

The literal translation of ‘boondi’ is pearls. For this popular laddoo, pearl-sized balls of besan are combined with sugar, cardamom and cloves to make a sweet treat that makes every desi’s heart flutter. This orange ladoo is part of almost every Hindu pooja and this year you have to do it at home.

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5. Mysore Pack

Besides Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi is also a big festival in Karnataka and you know what else is popular in Karnataka, you guessed it, Mysore Pak. The soft and velvety fudge made with besan, sugar and ghee was actually the product of an accident. Named after the city in which it was designed, Mysore Pak, with its beautiful golden hue, would look spectacular in your Bhog Thali.

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6. Kalakand

Kalakand is a white milk fudge so soft it practically melts in your mouth. Its creamy and grainy texture is addictive. All you need to prepare it is whole fresh milk, sugar and lemon juice. Top it with chopped pistachios and you have a healthy homemade mithai.

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7. Gulab Jamun

Soft fried khoya dumplings dipped in sugar syrup. There you have already started sucking. Gulab Jamun is a favorite at festivals and special occasions, and how can we possibly keep it off the list. With the help of this easy recipe, you can make gulab jamun in just under 30 minutes.

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