Today, I am really missing being home, I mean Mumbai. The 10 day long Ganeshotsav , is known to be the best time to visit Mumbai and experience the zest of the Mumbaikars. Everybody is in a festive mood and busy preparing for and celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesha.
As I scroll through my Facebook feeds and Whatsapp messages I am reminded of my childhood days visiting family and friends and then the most exciting part was the pandal(temporary shrines) hopping. It used to be so much fun queuing up in lines from pandal to pandal and admiring the decorations and idols. What makes me sad is the fact that I am unable to be a part of the festive mood. It’s just the cheer in the air, if you know what I mean. Sometimes I miss the blaring music and dhol played in every street. So much so that I remember that days before the festival, small groups of young boys would practice playing drums on terraces to earn a few extra bucks during the festival. Back then I would often get annoyed with how insensitive some people could be and the amount of noise pollution people are contributing to. Today I long to be a part of the celebration.
Although I am far from home, the good part is that I will still be able to celebrate Ganeshotsav with my family and some friends here. Ofcourse it’s no where close to the celebration back home, but we try to make the most out of what we have. I made some Dates & Figs modak to take along with me. Since A is a texture freak I tried to trick him by saying that I made kisses like chocolates at home. Glad that he gave it a try. I ground my nuts so I could get him to try it, you can even use halfed or smaller pieces.I made these in a shape of a Modak but you could use cookie cutters or moulds to give them a shape you like.
Those of you are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, may Lord Ganesha always shower his choicest blessings on you.
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 cup figs
- 2 tbsp almonds
- 2 tbsp cashews
- 1 tbsp walnuts
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- Soak the soft dates and figs in hot water for a couple of hours.
- Drain the water.
- Blend the soaked ingredients into a smooth paste. Since I wanted to make smooth textured modaks, I ground the nuts into a fine powder.
- Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add the dates and figs paste in the pan. Add the nuts. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
- Allow the mixture to cool. Then put the mixture in a mould of your choice. I used the modak mould. These can be refrigerated and stored.