What makes you celebrate a festival?
Moving countries often has provided us with reasons to look beyond the religious constraints of festivals. It has allowed us to incorporate a bit of every culture we have been with. To celebrate the joys in each situation.
Why do we celebrate festivals?
Man has been a social animal all through evolution. Being in a society is what gives security and comfort. Upon being a part of society, gives us reason to be happy during gatherings and this togetherness is the basis of most celebrations. This is why we celebrate festivals. The celebration brings people together. It brings families closer and happier. It creates opportunities to mingle and form new bonds. All said and done it breaks the feeling of loneliness and brings forth a whole group of people to share and care for.
This is the same reason why religions across the world call in for gatherings during the festival.
To us, this means that we celebrate Christmas with the same happiness of Navrathri. We celebrate Pongal festival the Tamil way and Onam the Kerala way. We celebrate Ramadan with our Malaysian friends as much as we do a Diwali gathering with Indian friends. All these put together have given our children an openness to look beyond and see the human in the picture. We hope this will be us for ever.
To this recipe
This Ganesh Chaturthi festival we have a decorated foodie god. The mythological love of this God for kozhkattais creates this handcrafted teardrop-shaped or spherical dumplings. Stuffed or shaped these steamed dumplings are the most popular during this season.
Here is one very popular as a breakfast
And here is the modified one with quinoa
The traditional modaks are a labour of love. The time crunch on a full working day with little Ganesha at home is the one that calls to resort to quick recipes. There is nothing quicker than aval( beaten rice flakes ) to cook.
I love to use coconut jaggery in this recipe for sweetness as it brings out festive aroma while steaming.
So here we are with low oil, gluten-free, aval kozhkattais for Vinayagar Chaturthi.
What are your shares during this festival? Do share the ideas with us in the comments below.