Hope everyone had a wonderful Vinayaka Chadurthi , yesterday. I had a great day and thanks for ur wishes :)
We buy every year a new mud idol and decorate with jewels & coins (penny stick to his belly button).
We offer plenty of fruits, cooked garbanzo and modak /kozhukattai(steamed rice flour stuffed with sweet stuffing).
The 3rd day or 5 day, we take the idol to seashore and immerse it in sea. As I lived near the seashore, the 3 rd day, the beach looks like another festival. People come with their idols. But now, everything became very contemporary, the third day, a truck is passing in street and collecting the idols with a fee to immerse in beach! The life is simplified and convenient for my parents, they just pay and give the idol just in front of the door. They take care of immersing them in water.
For the Ganesha Festival, my mom makes with rava/semolina modak, which is very easy to prepare not like the steam rice flour. Till now we had only in rava/ semolina kozhukattai for Vinayaka chaturthi.
I am sharing my mom's recipe the sweet rava modak/Kozhukattai.
Rava: 1 cup
Sugar: 1/2 cup
Coconut freshly grated: 1/4 cup
Cashew: 10 counts broken into small pieces
Green cardamom: 4 pods Crushed
Water: boiling water
Ghee: 1 tsp
Salt: a pinch
Heat a pot with ghee, fry the cashew once they turn golden color. Add the rawa and roast it.
Take a big microwave safe bowl, put the rava mixture, sugar, crushed cardamon, coconut and salt pour hot water litle by little and the mixture could be little loose! Now keep the mixture in microwave for one min, it will start to become thick!
Let it cool sometime, form a small ball and close your fist. Make it at desire shape or thickness. Now grease the idli plate and place kozhukattai and steam it another 12 minutes.
Enjoy the rava kozhukattai hot!
I am sending this sweet modak/kozhukattai to Krishna & Ganesha Chaturti event hosted at Purva's Daawat.