Today is Ganesh Chaturthi. It marks the beginning of the 10 day period where Lord Ganesha is brought home. This festival started by a freedom fighter in Maharashtra in 1894. India was then ruled by the british and public place congregation was not allowed. So celebrating the Ganesh festival gave people an opportunity to congregate.
People keep the idol in the homes for 1, 3, 5, 10 days..it is all based on the family tradition. There is festive atmosphere and a lot of yummy food is made.
I like Ganesh because he is pretty chilled out…no hang ups, no hard rules.. Although he likes a few special things like Modak ( a steamed rice bun with sweet coconut filling), he does not mind if you offer him something else. 🙂
He is considered the beginning and the end. He forgives everyone, they say which is why his tummy is big. He taken in all the sins and hides them in his tummy. He is also the god of knowledge & wisdom. When you start anything new, you worship him first. His ride is a mouse and they make quite pair.
He came this morning with his friend and said give me something to eat.
So today I decided to make something special for him, something I have never made before and thought he also might like something new.
This dish was not easy to make but I am glad I did. It is not what it looks, so let us see how many of you know?
Today’s dish is called Sita Bhog. I learnt about it from a friend on another
1/3 cup Rice powder
1 tbsp milk for kneading if needed
1 cup Sugar
1 cup water
Oil or Ghee for frying
1/2 tsp Green cardamom powder( optional)
1 tbsp Golden Raisins
Saffron- a pinch
Gulab Jamun ( Nikuti)
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1 pinch Baking soda
Oil/ Ghee for frying
2 tbsp Yugurt
1 cup Sugar
1 cup water
1/2 tsp Green cardamom powder
Take the cheese in a big bowl and add rice powder .Mix it well. Keep kneading. If it feels rather hard, add a bit of milk into it and knead again. Make the dough soft & elastic.
In another bowl put the sugar and water and let it boil. Make a thick syrup; Put the rest of the cardamom powder to it and the saffron for color and flavour.
Fry the raisins slightly in 1 tsp full of oil and keep aside.
Now put the pan on flame. Pour oil and heat it.
Deep fry till a light brown colour. Take them out and keep aside.
Add the fried Raisins and the cheese drops in the sugar syrup. Mix it well. Let it be soaked in the syrup from 10 to 15 minutes and then spread it on a plate to cool.
Heat ghee in a deep frying pan.Make small 15-20 oval shapes and fry until golden brown in color.
In another pan add water and sugar and put it to boil, Heat until it make a light syrup.. Put these small balls into the hot syrup. Let it cool and then you can mix these Gulab Jamun in the Cheese grains prepared earlier.