For the past 6 years, we have adopted the Ganesha Utsav the way it used to be celebrated in the apartments in Bengaluru. Moving away, this Is a slice of life we carried from our stay in Namma Bengaluru.
Gaining the confidence to attempt the eco-friendly Ganesha idol.
We ditched the idea of getting a Ganesha from the store a long while ago and have been making it ourselves. It began with the cooked dough ones. This dough behave like playdough and was easy for the kids to design them. Then came the turmeric Ganesha, kozhukattai maav Ganesha. Finally, this year have attempted a chocolate Ganesha idol for this festival.
Why choose chocolate?
The “visargan” or letting go of the Ganesha idol is usually done in rivers or the sea. Certainly, with all sorts of added pollutants, we did not want to add to this as contributors. So the Ganesha idols we made so far were immersed in water at home and then distributed to the plants. It is the visarjan part of the eco-friendly Ganesha ideas that prompted us to think of chocolate. The excitement for the chocolate Ganesha was certainly more than any other year we have attempted them.
This time we are planning the immersion in milk. At this point, I do not have an idea of what to do with the milk, so I will be happy if you have any ideas to share.
Getting the chocolate ready.
The pliable dough with chocolate was needed to get a basic Ganesha structure. We did not have a mould to shape melted chocolate. Hence went in to create the dough with chocolate chips, biscuits and a bit of condensed milk to hold it together. Once cooked together, it looked like a sticky mess that is never going to hold shape. That doesn’t deter our spirit!! We let it cool for some time. When cooled, the chocolate mix started behaving like playdough. So let’s play.
Here is the step by step instructions and as many images as we could capture with greasy hands
Chocolate Ganesha idol
- 250 grams chocolate
- 50 grams biscuit ( I have used marie biscuit)
- 1/4 can condensed sweetened milk
- edible cake beads,
- Collect the ingredients needed.
- Powder the biscuits to a fine mix.
- Add the chocolate into a thick pan on low heat.
- Ad the chocolate starts to melt add the condensed milk and let them melt together.
- Keep stirring continiously and add the biscuit powder.
- Let this mix cook and thicken with continious mixing( otherwise the chocolate will burn).
- Once they look thick, remove from the heat and set it aside to cool.
- If living in hot climates, you may need to use a refigerator to cool this dough.
- Once cooler and hand warm knead this mix to a shiny finish.
To make the idol
- Divide the cooled dough into a large sphere about 5-7 cms in diameter, a smaller one of 4 cm diameter. These for the body and the head.
- With the remaining dough portion out the legs, hands and ears.
- Roll the big body ball and palce on a plate or a parchment paper.
- Roll the ball for the head and pull one of the ends to shape like a trunk.
- Flatten the ear pieces and attach to the back of the head.
- Place the head on the body ( use tooth pick to secure if needed)
- Elongate the leg piecesand stick them from the back of the body piece. smoothen as you go to get a curved stlishly seated legs.
- Shape out the feet.
- Elongate the hands and make one palm facing forwrad and the other with a tiny cone of the dough to form a modak.
- Stick the hands from the back at the junction of the body and head, under the ears.
- Shape a crown if desired, some additional modaks and a tiny oblong shaped mice with a tail.
- Using cake decoratiosn, Place eyes for the Ganesha.
- Use funfetti to add more colour and jewellery as per your imagination.
- Your Chocolate Ganesha Is ready.
The attempted Ganesha is seated for the Utsav and here is my menu plan to suit his visit. ( Each is a clickable link)
There is certainly a lot of excitement to this chocolate Ganesha (all in a good way). If you have been planning to make the idol this year l, go for it. It is total fun. Share a picture of your Ganesha too. Tag us #mildlyindian @mildlyindian if you are making one of these eco-friendly Ganesha.
Ganapathi bappa Morya!
Mangala moorthi Moriya!
Wish you a safe festival season!