A chocolaty surprise for Ganapati Bappa


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“Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva, Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa”

O Lord Ganesha of Large body, curved trunk, with the brilliance of a million suns, please make all my work free of obstacles, always.

Ganesh Chaturthi the spectacular festival honors the birth of the beloved Indian elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha, popularly worshiped for his powers to remove obstacles and bring good fortune. 

Sri Sri in Ganesh Chaturthi program at Art of Living Bangalore Ashram

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji explains, “Ganeshji is the lord of all the good qualities in us. So when we worship him, all the good qualities blossom in us. He is also the lord of knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge dawns only when we become aware of the Self. When there is inertia, there is no knowledge, no wisdom, nor is there any liveliness (Chaitanya) or progress in life. So the consciousness has to be awakened and the presiding deity of consciousness is Ganeshji. That’s why before every puja, the Lord Ganesha is worshiped to awaken the consciousness.”

The secret behind making an offering to God

The Sanskrit word “prasada” means “mercy,” or the divine grace of God. IIf, as a meditative discipline, we can offer our food to God with devotion before eating it, not only are we not implicated in the karma involved in acquiring the food, but we can actually make spiritual progress by eating the offered food. Our devotion, and God’s grace, subtly transforms the food offered from material nutrition to spiritual mercy or prasada.

That definitely call for some mouth-watering recipes for the special Ganpatati occasion.

Modak means Part of Bliss

Lord Ganpati is often termed as ‘Modakpriya’ because of his love for Modaks . Actually ‘Moda’  means Bliss … ‘K’ means a part … So Modak is basically a part of bliss . Modak symbolises the Spiritual knowledge. When you look at the Modak, look at its tip.That is what you tend to see first.. It’s tip is too narrow and so is the spiritual knowledge at start , if you start getting more and more into it you tend to realize the vastness of this spiritual energy . The base of the modak signifies the same. Hence, Modak is sometimes termed as Dhyan Modak. 

CHOCO COCONUT MODAK RECIPE

Ingredients:
• 1 cup Chocolate Chips 
• 3 cups Desiccated Coconut 
• 1 cup Condensed Milk 
• 8-10 Walnuts (finely chopped) 
• Silver Warq as required (cut into half-inch squares)

Method :
In a big bowl, take chocolate chips, desiccated coconut, condensed milk and walnuts and mix well.

  • Divide into little portions and press them in modak mould.
  • Wrap the modaks with silver warq and refrigerate till set.  

Serve.

Can you think of a fruit which looks like Modak?  When I saw the resemblance of between this fruit and modak I thought why not offer a natural modak to Ganapati this Chaturthi?.
Yes, You guessed it right! Now strawberry can be prepared in different ways.

My favourite for modak resemblance, children’s delight and exotic Love is CHOCOLATE COVERED FULL STRAWBERRY 

Simple to make, yummy to taste and is going with the occasion..
Surprise BAPPA with this offering this season:

Ingredients

  • milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • fresh strawberries with leaves

Directions

  1. Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth. Add cream
  3. Holding strawberry by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.

Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into Styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.

Tip: Wash Your strawberry properly pat dry and leave them to dry on kitchen roll. If they are moist the chocolate won’t stick to

And of course you can use your creativity to make faces with gems or pipe chocolate and even make small ganpatis 🙂

Yet another favourite food of Ganadhakshya is UNDRALLA

As Lord Ganpati is Maa Gauri’s favourite, this recipe is which all mom love to feed their kids::

Ingredients:

Rice Rawa – 1 cup
Jeera – 1 tsp
Chana dal (Senaga pappu) – 1 tbsp
Salt – to taste

Method:

– Soak chana dal in water for atleast 10minutes.
– Heat about 1tsp of oil add jeera.
– Add 2 cup of water and bring to a boil.
– To it add salt, soaked chana dal and slowly add rawa. Stir continuously to make sure that there are no lumps.
– Cook until the mixture comes together and looks like upma.
– Let this mixture cool..
– Make small balls of the mixture and steam them for about 10 minutes in a pressure cooker.

To prepare Rice Rava:
Clean and Soak the rice for some time and drain it completely and spread over a cloth so that it will drain off excess water and leave it for an hour.Grind it to a coarse rava in whipper mode and then sieve it. Use the rava which is in sieve.

Rice rava can also be prepared directly by grinding it in the mixer in whipper mode and sieve it.

May this 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival fill your life with bliss. As you install idols of the deity with a prayer to ward off evil, may Lord Ganesha, bless everyone with wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

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