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This is my last year vinayaka chavithi pooja its just for your glance. I made this ganesha using turmeric since I did not plan of making this there was nothing with me to decorate the god so used some jewels and petals of flowers. And I am posting the recipes of prasadams we offer to ganesha.. Since I was not able to post on that day I am posting it today. Hope you all will enjoy.......

Last year Pooja

This year festival

For the dough

Use home made rice flour for making this recipe.  If you do not have home made rice flour use Idiyappam flour which comes out absolutely fantastic.  The outer cover with Idiyappam flour comes as good as the rice flour made at home.  So don't worry if you cannot make rice flour at home. 

Ingredients :

Rice flour(You can use store bought Idiyappam flour) - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/4 cup
Salt - a pinch

Method :

1. Heat the water in a vessel add the salt to it.
2. When water boils, sim the flame and add the ric flour and mix quickly so that lumps will not form.
3. Now switch of the flame and keep close aside for 10 minutes.
4.Then knead well by adding warm water or diluted warm milk with little oil to smooth dough.
5.Make small balls out of the dough and keep closed otherwise it gets dried.
6.For making the modakam the mould is available you can use or just make like cup shape and fill with stuffing close the edges to get pear shaped one.
7. For semi circular shape again u can use chappathi maker press it the keep in the mould and close it.
8. Since I did not have both chappathi maker as well as mould I just did with hands. Just make small cup and using two hands make it to big one stuff the filling and seal the edges and twist it to get the design.
9. Now steam these for 15 minutes in high flame.

Stuffings :

I did two types of stuffing which is coconut and sesame.

For coconut stuffing :

Coconut scrapped - 1/2 cup
Sugar-1/2 cup
Cashews - few chopped finely
Ghee - tsp
Cardamom powder - 2 pinch

Method :

1. Mix both coconut and sugar keep aside for 10 minutes.
2. Now put this in a vessel and heat in low flame until sugar melts well and coconut is cooked if u touch and see u will feel sticky. Add the cardamom powder.
3. Now fry the cashew in the ghee and add to the coconut mixture.
4. Let it cool down and they seperates. U can make this before day itself and store in airtight container.

Sesame filling

Sesame - 1/2 cup
Jaggery grated - 1/2 cup

Method :

1. Fry the sesame in the pan and let it get roasted slightly.
2. Let it cool , then u powder it with jaggery and use for stuffing.
3. Even this u can make a day before and store in the air tight container.

Udhu untallu or Steamed Dhal Balls

Toor dhal- 1 cup
Urad dhal- 1 handful
Cummin seeds - 1 tsp
Pepper - few
Green chilli - 1
Red chilli - 2
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Handful of soaked channa dhal in water


Mustard - 2 tsp
Curry leaves


1. Soak the dhal in water for 1 hr then coarsely grind with other ingredients and ferment overnight.
2.Then season with mustard and curry leaves add the channa dhal to it.
3. Make small balls and steam it for 15 minutes.
4. Once steamed make to proper balls again and its ready for pooja.

Sundal( Seasoned legumes)

White channa - 1/2 cup
Black channa - 1/2 cup
Green gram - 1/2 cup
Dried grean peas - 1/2 cup
Ginger - 1 inch
Green chilli - 3
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Curry leaves
coriander leaves
Lemon juice according to your sourness
coconut scraped - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 2 tsp
Urad dhal- 2 tsp
Oil little


1. Soak all the bean and legumes overnight and pressure cook and drain the water . dont throw the water it can be used for making rasam(chaaru) its so healthy.
2. Now grind the ginger and chilli to paste.
3. Season with Mustard, urad dhal, Asafoetida Curry leaves and add the ground ginger chilli paste.
4. Fry it and now add the boiled bean add the lemon juice, salt, coconut and mix well until they are well blended.
5. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves now it is ready for pooja.

Unknown  – (August 25, 2009 at 9:48 PM)  

You have such a beautiful blog.... u r very creative....

Red Chillies  – (August 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM)  

Belated Vinayaka Chaturthi wishes Pavithra.

Nandinis food  – (August 25, 2009 at 10:28 PM)  

WOW! Ganapathi made with Turmeric looks cute and wonderful Pavithra!
I always admire your hard work. All prasadams are tempting and neat work.:D

Rush  – (August 25, 2009 at 10:34 PM)  

i am wonderstruck...Ganuji is so artistically done Pavi..i wanna kiss ur hands, serious...take both ur hands in my palms and kiss and touch them to my forehead.
The Ganuji has truly come out divine.

Rekha shoban  – (August 25, 2009 at 10:58 PM)  

my favourite god is vinayaka...u did this vinayak urself?

Nithya  – (August 25, 2009 at 11:24 PM)  

Wow the turmeric vinayaka looks so good. Actually was expecting this one as mom had told me that you make lovely ganeshas using turmeric. Happy to see the pic now :)

Unknown  – (August 26, 2009 at 12:09 AM)  

Ganesh idol came out so very well pavithra very beautiful decortion nice post.

Anonymous –   – (August 26, 2009 at 12:24 AM)  

Great spread and Ganesh looks so cute and artistic..hope you had all fun.

Raks  – (August 26, 2009 at 1:34 AM)  

Both ur stuffings are different from the way i make,sounds good:)

Parita  – (August 26, 2009 at 1:39 AM)  

Ganesha made with thats grt, delicious looking treat there!

Aps Kitchen  – (August 26, 2009 at 2:19 AM)  

We call this modak....Lovely luks......nd in blore i know they make Vramahalaxmi idols ganpathi i had never heard....Gr8 one

Lena Jayadev  – (August 26, 2009 at 2:31 AM)  

Paviiiiiiiii.....happy Vinayagar Chathurthy.. :) i love kozhukkattai.. :)den vinayagar made of turmeric is great.. :)

Subhie Arun  – (August 26, 2009 at 2:38 AM)  

wow..vinayagar made in turmeric loosk grt yar..ur too creative ur modak..keep rocking!

Unknown  – (August 26, 2009 at 5:43 AM)  

Your turmeric Vinayakar looks really great and very nice prasadams too.

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (August 26, 2009 at 6:45 AM)  

Vinayakar made of turmeric powder looks great.

Padma  – (August 26, 2009 at 6:46 AM)  

Turmeric Ganesha looks too good Pavithra.... nice untallu and karjikayi

Preeti Kashyap  – (August 26, 2009 at 7:13 AM)  

Thanks for dropping by Pavithra!...The puja looks really grand..Awesome! I couldn't make kuzhkattai...but yours have come out so neat and looks yummy.:)

priya  – (August 26, 2009 at 7:28 AM)  

Hi yaar,

I ve a tag for u in my blog,..plz collect it.

Preeti Kashyap  – (August 26, 2009 at 7:34 AM)  

Hi....How did you make that Ganesh so beautiful with turmeric??? You are truly an artist I say!

PriyaRaj  – (August 26, 2009 at 8:23 AM)  

Wow ur last year & this year Vinayakar chathruthi celebrations r Awesome pavithra.....Vinayakar in turmeric looks very cute .....Prasadams r yum....

Shri  – (August 26, 2009 at 8:24 AM)  

Your Ganesh looks absolutely adorable!Delicious Prasadams!

Vrinda  – (August 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM)  

Ganesha looks great ,and lovely treats,liked the sundal pic a lot...

Jyoti V  – (August 26, 2009 at 12:42 PM)  

Ganeshji made with turmeric lookswonderful & prasadam looks so yummy !

thx for the comments dear...

Jyoti V  – (August 26, 2009 at 12:43 PM)  

Hi Pavithra,

you got a new follower...:)

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (August 26, 2009 at 4:53 PM)  

The turmeric ganeshji is a master piece...
Great job as always...

Indian Khana  – (August 27, 2009 at 9:45 AM)  

That's some celebration....everything looks deliciousr

Divya Kudua  – (August 31, 2009 at 9:22 AM)  

Manjal Pillaiyar looks awesome!!Prasadam thali looks truly mouthwatering..:)

Unknown  – (August 21, 2014 at 2:40 PM)  

I want to make turmeric ganesha this year,can you pls let me know the procedure,especially
the eyes.It looks so divine.

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