It is back to the festival time in India. Starting with Onam (which we did not celebrate this year due to floods and destruction) we went through Rakshabandan and Gokulashtami. The upcoming array is equally daunting and will go pretty much all the way up to May next year.
With some major ones line up close by, the Ganesha Chaturthi, Navrathri and Deepawali, not to mention the candy overflow for Halloween and Christmas bakes, I am a bit sceptical about the number of sweet stuff that going to flow back into the house. The fact is that we have pretty much eliminated a large number of decadent sweets and white sugar off for a while now, I don’t wish it would filter back in. So this year you are in for desserts and treats which will not make you buy white sugar anymore. Hope that sounds good… Lets still keep the happiness button on and see how far we push it this time.
Ganesha Chaturthi memes
It was a few years back when we I came back from work and I saw that my husband and children have prepared for Ganesha Chaturthi with a beautiful store-bought cake. The logic was simple…if we celebrate our birthdays with a cake why not for god!! My dear mother in law played along to the scene and we all had a fun one with modakams and a cake offered side by side. But somehow…this did not digest well with my dad and he expressed his displeasure at this. Well, we did not go to object but just realised we created a tiny family tradition for ourselves.. during Ganesha Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha seemed to have accepted our ways for the total foodie he is, this must have been a good change from the routine ladoos and modaks…
Recipe for today
The current recipe is one with a very healthy twist. As there are enough modakam recipes (sweet dumplings made typically for this festival) floating around online, we felt he (LordGaneshaa)may prefer something savoury. We also wanted to keep it healthy which is our main goal for the season. So here we have Quinoa pidi kozhakattai. Quinoa pidi kozhakattai is a steamed dumpling made with cooked quinoa which is infused with a spicy tempering. Scroll down for this wholesome recipe.
If you will like easy to prepare naivedyams (food offerings) for Ganesha festival here is a list you can try.
If you are looking for an easy quinoa recipe, I have one more on Paarul’s Kitchen,
So till I catch you later this week with something yummy for the festive season. Till then enjoy the posts, Tweet, Pin or catch us up on the instafamily.
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