Saturday, September 11, 2010

Vinayaka Chathurthi Celebration

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Vinayaka Chathurthi also known as Ganesh Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant - headed son of Shiva and Parvathi. Ganesha is the cutest god who is worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

At home we used to celebrate this festival in a very grand manner by arranging a big array of Ganeshas and performing pooja to them. This year we had place 110 Ganeshas in our pooja.

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According to our custom, we used to first perform a special pooja for Parvathi Devi by reciting slokas and praying for all goodness. A set of 16 threads with 16 knots would be tied around the right wrist during this pooja.

Then follows the Vinayaka chathurthi pooja. Chanting of various ashtothrams and concerned slokas go on followed by offering of neivithyam to the lord.

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This year we made two types of Kolukattai namely the Cashew(mundhiri) kolukattai and Sesame(Yellu) Kolukattai as well as the famous Coconut modak.

I have the recipes of the kolukattais(Sweet dumplings) posted in my last year celebration over here.

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Recipe for Coconut Modak Filling

Ingredients:

Coconut scrapping - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup
Cardamom powder - a pinch

Method:

Take the scrapped coconut and jaggery in a pan and heat them until the jaggery melts and combines well with the coconut. Add the cardamom powder and some broken cashews to it and mix well.

Remove from flame and use it as the filling for making modak.

Use the modak mould if you have one, else make cup shape with the white dough and fill it with one tsp of the filling and close it carefully with the white dough.

Steam cook them for ten mins.

Yummy and beautiful looking modak is ready to serve. :)

Happy making. :)

Look out for the white dough recipe here.

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Step-wise procedure of making Kolukattai(Sweet dumpling)


Wish you all a very happy Vinayaka Chathurthi :)

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Written by: Nithya
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34 comments:

Subhashini said...

wish you also very happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

RV @ Food for 7 Stages said...

Looks divine Nithi. Love your Ganesha collection.

simply.food said...

modak looks devine.Happy ganesh chaturthi.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Beautiful decorations dear and lovely modak recipes.

Wish you too a happy vinayak chaturthi

kothiyavunu.com said...

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to u & ur family!! Perfect & delicious looking modakam!!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Wow!!!!!!!!! excellent.

Nithu Bala said...

Lovely pillayar collections..Modagam is yummy..Happy Vinayagar Chaturthi Dear.

Satya said...

wow ur ganapathy n gauri devi looking sooo divine n the modaks too..yummy
happy vinayaka chathurthy to u n ur family

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Happy ganesh chathurthi to u and to ur family dear! love the collections of ganesha,really amazing...
Modaks luks perfect and delicious...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Amazing post,looks divinely!

Srivalli said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi Nithya..pictures are fantastic!

Sathya said...

awesome. I did celebrate ganesh chaturthi but just made the basic modak and vadai:) Please visit my blog - new blogger needs motivation and inspiration.

Thanks
Sathya

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi Nithi !! Loved the collection of Lord Ganesha Statues !!Awesome !!

ஹர்ஷினி அம்மா said...

Wowww ...So so good nithi

nirupamasundar said...

Nithya, the way u people celebrate each festival really impresses me, Hats off to nithya, her amma and herteam,






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Hari Chandana said...

Just Awesome.. looks so divine nithi.. gr8 job !!

Sush said...

beautiful. I loved those prefect shaped modaks. Happy festivals to you too.

RUBY said...

awesome pics Nithya....n thanx fr the much needed recipe too :)

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Parita said...

Hey dear..modak looks simple fab! So perfect! Happy ganesh chaturthi :) Hope you enjoy the festival!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Modak looks perfect! Have a blessed festival.

jeyashrisuresh said...

nice collection of ganesha and very timely post

Suja Sugathan said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi...mothakas looks awesome..truly divine

notyet100 said...

thanks for virtual darshan,..

Leena said...

Wishing you and your family happy Ganesh chaturthi..Modaks looks divine...

Priya said...

Wonderful post, looks absolutely divine..Happy vinayaka chathurthi..

Nisha said...

Beautiful ,Everything looks perfect

Shanthi said...

Wonderful post and awesome decorations

Priya said...

Happy chathurthi nithya..hope u has a great time...

prasanna venkatesh said...

i missed the chaturthi at home, but your kozhakatai and pictures gave me the fullfillment ! great !

Prerna said...

Wow! what a beautiful post and what gorgeous photographs Nithya. I want to ask you how you got that pattern on your modaks?

Panchpakwan said...

Wish you happy Gowri & Ganesh chaturthi to you and your family..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv the patterns on the modak

sangeeta said...

beautiful post Nithya...
Came here after a long time and am not surprised to see how this blog is rocking !!!

loved your recently posted recipes too..

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