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Ganesha is remembered every single day in my house, in the most delightful way for me – In that I get to be him every day, sometimes once often twice a day – My soon to be 4 yr old loves the Ganesha stories she has heard and watched from Karadi Tales. She is always Parvati and I get to be Ganesha, who guards zealously her gates as she takes the most leisurely bath in the world, using up all the water of the ganges J - And Hubby dear gets to be Shiva who confronts Ganesha before lopping off his head – the whole scene is enacted each day with no variations allowed, unless the variation has the little one bursting into giggles. My Shiva does a stellar job of showing rage – his whole face vibrating, jaws jiggling (lol) Lots of fun, but I think we are ready to move on to a new act. But not before we celebrate the joyous day when we offer our salutations to our potbellied, elephant faced, single tusked lord of wisdom who removes obstacles – In fact it is the remorse of Shiva for having lopped Ganesha’s head off that makes him bestow upon his son the boon that he would be revered first before Shiva himself. Ganesha loves food, especially sweet dumplings aka Kozhakattais/modhakams or so the story goes. Gourmets like us love to make this an excuse to prepare modakams rice flour shells stuffed often with jaggery and coconut, or jaggery and lentils.
For this occasion, I chose to add a slight twist to the tradition, while still upholding it, by adding freshly picked figs. This enhanced if anything the already delicious dish by giving it a fantastic flavor. It turned out like a most delectable halwa that could be devoured just like that – Which is why I called it a Halwa. Halwa is best defined as a sweet sticky dessert often made with flour and nuts and fruits. This dish has the nut and the fruit.
I am happy to that a post of offering to Ganesha is my first one for the Avant Garde Cookies group that I am now a part of.
Here is my offering to Ganesha recipe and all.
For the Stuffing
- 16 Ripe or almost ripe Figs
- 1 cup of grated Coconut
- 1 cup of jaggery
- 1 tsp of powdered cardamom
- 2 tsp of water
For the dumpling shell
- 2 cups of rice flour
- 1 cup of water
- A pinch of salt
- 1tsp of sesame oil
|Fresh Picked Figs|
- Powder your jaggery – they usually come in blocks and can be found at the Indian store
- In a saucepan, add 2 tsp of water and the jaggery
- Let it become syrupy
- Add the powdered cardamom
- Follow it with the coconut and let it cook in the jaggery until the water from the jaggery is completely gone and the mix is thick and stuffable
- Remove from flame and allow it to cool
- In the meantime, sift the rice flour
- Roast it for literally a minute in a wide pan
- Now add the water and salt and what I do is spin it once in the blender so that it is a pasty fluid
- Pour this liquid into a saucepan and stir away until the rice flour cooks
- Stirring helps avoid knots in the dough
- When the white fluid thickens and comes off the sides, add the oil
- The color will not be white anymore and the dough will have assumed a cooked look.
- Switch off and cover with a cloth so that it does not dry out.
Both these processes take no more than 10 -15 minutes flat – I kid you not.
- Now Let’s get them together
- So make lemon sized or even smaller balls with the dough. Put your thumbs in the middle of the ball and start pressing the sides, creating a dippy hole in the middle.
- Make sure this is deep and the sides are thin without falling apart.
- Now take a teaspoon of the stuffing and place in the hole.
- Gently fold the sides pulling up with your fingers to make a small tuft, so to speak.
- The other method is the make a smile –
- Make a round flat circle with the dough.
- Add the stuffing and fold joining at the corners, pressing them together. Both kinds are shown below.
- Steam them and you have your Kozhakattais
Offer to the Good Lord Ganesha before you pop one into your mouth J Happy Chaturthi Folks and May Lord Ganesha obliterate any obstacles in your life.
My first Avant Garde Cookies Post