Ganapati Festival is right around the corner and many homes in India are gearing up to welcome the elephant god. Ganesha is the most prominent among the Hindu deities and is a favorite among the kids and adults alike. Lord Ganesha has the unique distinction of being the first one to be worshipped before starting any new venture or triggering off any event. So, how about treating your favorite god with some yummy home-made delicacies.
Here you go.
Goad Appams or sweet balls, is a traditional Konkani dish. In typical Konkani households, you would find this being used for the naivedya (offering) during Ganesh Pooja. It is also an easy alternative for the modak, which is an all-time hit during Ganapati festival.
To make these Appams, you need the appa kaili (kadai) which is made of iron. It has those semicircular cavities which give it the desired shape. You can place this on the normal gas top to make these Appams.
1. Mix all the ingredients listed above and finely blend them to make the dough. The dough should be thick but not dry. So, do not add too much water. Use milk to get the desired consistency.
2. Heat the appe kaili (kadai) with a little ghee in each of the cavities so that the Appams do not stick to the kadai
3. Now pour little dough in each of these cavities one by one
4. Cook it with a cover for 5-7 minutes on low flame
5. Use a spoon to turn these Appams over .Again cook on low flame for 5 mins.
Use little ghee on the Appams each time to turn them over so that the edges are crispy and taste great. The color of these Appams is medium to dark brown by the time they are ready.
Alternatively, you can also use some ripe bananas, mash it and add it to the dough to give it an amazing flavor. Yummy!
Another favorite Konkani delicacy, especially for Ganapati, is Patoli. You could call it as sweet dumplings wrapped in turmeric leaves. Ganeshotsav comes around the month of Shravan. This is the month when you find fresh fruits, vegetables and leaves. Turmeric leaves give a very pleasant aroma to the Patoli and it tastes heavenly.
Turmeric leaves or Banana leaves
For the covering
For the filling
1. Clean the leaves and wipe them dry. If you plan to use banana leaves cut the leaves into partitions about 3-4 inches wide.
2. Soak the rice for about 2 hours. Grind this rice, poha and coconut into a fine paste.
3. Add very little salt and water enough to get the consistency of dosa batter
4. Next, for the filling mix the coconut, Jaggery and cardamom powder nicely. Ensure that you do not have lumps of Jaggery in the filling.
5. Spread the batter on a strip of leaf
6. Place the filling on this batter only along the center of the leaf
7. Fold the leaf along the center.
8. Repeat this for all the leaves. Place all of this now in a container to steam cook it for about 15 minutes.
9. Let it cool for some time before you start peeling off the leaves and serve the yummy Patoli
This is really a unique and tasty delicacy and is a must have on your menu for Ganapati festival.
Take these offerings on a plate and place in front of Ganesha with your love, faith and devotion seeking divine blessings for your life ahead. Ganapati Bappa Morya!