The eleven-day festival Ganeshotsav is here and preparations are in full swing in the city. The festival celebrates the Lord Ganesha, it starts on Ganesh Chaturthi and ends on Anant Chaturdashi. The whole city of Mumbai celebrates the 10-day festival with great fervour by installing handcrafted idols of Ganesha in public pandals as well as in homes, offering prayers and fasting to gain the seeking blessings from the elephant-headed God. Lord Ganesha symbolises good fortune, prosperity and wisdom. During the daily prayers, devotees offer fresh flowers, durva grass and modaks to him. Modak is a staple offering made to the Modakpriya (another name for Lord Ganesha). Though there are regional variations in the modak, the traditional favourite is Ukadiche Modak, which is a steamed modak or rice dumplings filled with fresh coconut and jaggery. It is a popular offering of prasad in the Konkan belt of India. Often you will see raisins and poppy seeds added to the mix of jaggery and grated coconut.
Lord Ganesha is known to be partial to modaks and hence Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are incomplete without this Indian sweetmeat. And while nothing beats the original and authentic modak, there are places in Mumbai who have reworked this classic to offer a fresh new perspective to the ultimate festive treat for the season. Get festival ready with these Ganeshotsav special quirky modaks. If you’re in Mumbai, head to these places to experience a twist to the traditional modaks.
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Caramel and Tender Coconut Modak
For an artisanal version of modak head to Toshin in Chembur. The chocolatier patissier is offering a delightful take on the traditional modaks by serving a modak filled with caramel and tender coconut inside a shell of saffron mousse. These tiny creations are the perfect way to sweeten your guests’ day who come to seek blessings from Lord Ganesha. (Learn how to make modak cupcakes)
Healthy Modaks for Your #FitnessGoals
Don’t worry about the calorie intake this Ganeshotsav. Indulge in the healthier versions of modak by Foodhall. They have replaced white sugar with brown sugar and also have a special modak with nutritious stuffing of dried figs and nuts. They will also be offering the regular steamed modaks made with rice flour, coconut and jaggery.
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Milk, White and Dark Chocolate Modaks If you love experimenting, Sassy Teaspoon has a whole range of assorted modaks that you can try. They have handcrafted a whole new range of milk, white and dark chocolate modaks with fillings such as hazelnut, date and cardamom, red velvet, rose-gulkand, kaju katli and kesar peda. You can get them at all their outlets in a box of six or twelve from September 13 to September 23, 2018.
Bet you can't eat just one! Vedge in Lokhandwala, Andheri is welcoming Lord Ganesha with an assorted modak platter with exciting flavours. The platter as six different varieties of modaks such as coconut and jaggery modak, cooked apple and cinammon modak, carrot cashew and khao modak (made with khoya), chocolate vanilla modak, coconut caramel modak and coconut raisin fried modak. The Ganesh Chaturthi special assorted modak platter will be served from September 13 to September 19, 2018.
Novotel Imagica in Khopoli has figured out how to make the most of two worlds by dishing out barfi modak. Executive Sous Chef Lokesh Jarodia has recreated the modak by using rich kaju paste, khoya, milk and ghee. The barfi modak is garnished with chandi varq (silver leaf), sliced pista, almond and some saffron strands; it looks delicious and will be a great addition to your prasad platter.
Ice cream, Waffles and More
Love ice cream? This Ganeshotsav, you are in for a treat! All Brain Freeze, ice cream and dessert outlets in the city have come up with a special menu for the festive season. They are dishing out some rather interesting modak combinations that are not just limited to the new ice cream flavour. They have a whole interesting range—modak Belgian waffles, modak ice cream scoop and modak ice cream frappe.
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