Hi Foodies :), after a hectic (yet fun) festive month of August we were sorted for September, as there are no festival to be celebrated in this month. We were chilling but indeed thinking of presenting something which is super healthy and not sweet at all indeed. Honestly looking at our recent posts we felt that we have satisfied ours and all our foodie friends sweet tooth craving quite nicely 🙂 Hope you all will agree. We did succeed in preparing quite a healthy dish for you all. While enjoying and spending time with friends and family,yet thinking of our next recipe. When yesterday evening I was out with my family we were discussing about the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi-Birth of lord Ganesha 🙂 It was somewhere in back of our minds.But being on our own trips we forgot to treat you all on this special day. Well almost.. Not really…. 🙂 because foodie friends we are here to celebrate and share the importance of this day with you all 🙂 As we both discussed and after not struggling too much to make something quick and delicious we agreed on these sweet coconut balls.
Why it was easy to decide on these sweet coconut balls is because it reminded us of a very cute incidence 🙂 I still remember as kids Parul was very fond of sweets :)Hands down she still is 🙂 On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi her mom made these delicious mouthwatering sweet coconut balls 🙂 As I was over to her place for some work that day ,felt lucky indeed 🙂 aunty kept some in front of Ganesha’s idol. She was busy making more. As she returned back to keep more in front of Ganesha’s idol, she saw few missing. She kept wondering as to where did they disappear, thinking may be she counted them wrong she continued to make more. As she returned back once again she saw some missing again. This time she checked with Parul if she noticed anyone picking the ladoos from there. Parul faked a confused face and said that she indeed noticed a mouse in the house. Aunt got little scared and kept fresh lot safe. She let the ones in front of Lord ganesha be there only as she thought the mouse might have stumbled over. Foodies there was indeed no mouse and yes you all guessed it correctly who was picking the ladoos. For every two ladoos Parul picked for herself she offered me one 😉 my fatso 🙂 As she went to pick them the third time, aunt caught her, held her ears and hugged her 🙂 It was so cute a moment 🙂 Foodies this surely teaches a lesson too “ Moms are smarter, you cannot fool them “ 🙂 We both love coconut 🙂 and the best of it in a sweet is nowhere else but in these balls with condensed milk which indeed is irresistible 🙂 They are quick and easy too. So when we had to do this last minute they sounded perfect 🙂 So Foodies Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati. It is believed that Lord Ganesh bestows his presence on earth for all his devotees during this festival. It is the day when Ganesha was born. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most favorite festivals of Maharashtrians. They chant ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya, Morya Re’ for 10 days and celebrate this festival with full zeal. The idol of lord Ganesha is brought to home and worshiped and this festival ends with, Ganesha-Visarjan i.e. immersing the idol in water. As per Hindu mythology Lord Ganesh is considered as “Vigana Harta” (one who removes obstacles) and “Buddhi Pradaayaka” (one who grants intelligence). This festival is also very important for students, they worship Lord Ganesh to illumine their minds.
As we say Ganesha is the god of wisdom and prosperity means he is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious work by the Hindus. It is believed that for the fulfillment of one’s desires, his blessing is absolutely necessary. According to the mythology, he is the son of Shiva and Parvati, brother of Kartikeya – the general of the gods, Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and Saraswati-the goddess of learning. There are numerous stories in Hindu mythology, associated with the birth of this elephant-headed god, whose vehicle is the Mooshak or rat and who loves Modaks (droplet shaped Indian sweet) J So where almost everyone would be wishing Lord Ganesha with modaks, we thought of treating him with nariyal ladoos ( Coconut sweet balls) 🙂
Foodies Lord Ganesha is another one who has been quite famous amongst kids and the bed time stories shared by our grannies :)They used to be interesting 🙂 Let us narrate to you in brief 🙂 that Parvati created Ganesha out of the sandalwood dough that she used for her bath and breathed life into him. Letting him stand as a guard at the door she went to have her bath. When her husband, Shiva returned, the child who had never seen him stopped him. Shiva severed the head of the child and entered his house. Parvati, learning that her son was dead, was distraught and asked Shiva to revive him. Shiva cut off the head of an elephant and fixed it on the body of Ganesha.
Another tale tells of how one day the Gods decided to choose their leader and a race was to be held between the brothers- Kartikeya (Ganeshas elder brother) and Ganesh. Whoever took three rounds of the earth first would be made the Ganaadhipati or the leader. Kartikeya seated on a peacock as his vehicle, started off for the test. Ganesh was given a rat, which moved swiftly. Ganesh realised that the test was not easy, but he would not disobey his father. He reverently paid obeisance to his parents and went around them three times and thus completed the test before Kartikeya. He said, ” my parents pervade the whole universe and going around them, is more than going round the earth.” Everybody was pleasantly surprised to hear Ganesha’s logic and intelligence and hence he came to be known as the Ganaadhipati or leader, now referred to as Ganpati.So the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout India. Coming to what we have in our menu to treat Lord Ganesha. COCONUT Sweet Balls 🙂 It is a traditional indian desert. Coconut is one of the most auspicious fruit for Indians and used for almost all religious ceremonies as well as to celebrate festivals or weddings. The popularity of these Ladoos is due to its ease of preparation 🙂 And of course not to forget the goodness coconut brings to you 🙂 Topping the list is that it is very good for skin.The oil is excellent for keeping one young and beautiful. Its antioxidant properties low down the aging process by protecting the body from harmful free radicals 🙂 Eating coconuts are excellent for one’s immunity. Coconuts are a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has tons of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes. Coconut Ladoo is one of our favorite coconut dessert recipe to date. Just a few ingredients, a few minutes in the kitchen and you are ready for a heavenly experience with soft-on-bite rich coconut sweet. Coconut Laddoo makes fora perfect after meal nibbles or a party dessert. Coconut works beautifully in sweetened condensed milk. Coconut Ladoo made with milkmaid is probably the easiest, quickest and simplest dessert to make at home. I can add a lot more est to the description. If you are in a hurry (like I am always) then this is the dessert for you. Also you can make excellent chocolate truffles with it substituting the cream. But as it is said some things look beautiful in their authentic and traditional form 🙂 Foodies these coconut sweet balls are super fresh as this very evening 🙂 Speeding up we are preparing them and this post for you all 🙂 The irony is the moment we made them they got vanished in a glimpse of a second but of course, all were generous enough to leave us with a plate at least to click for you all 🙂 These Ladoos hardly takes minutes from start to finish. A perfect dish to make at the last minute. These ladoos are so simple that even the kids who are fond of their friend Ganesha like we were can make them easily 🙂 There are only two main ingredients .When mom made it for us we used to love to roll the ladoos in coconut powder 🙂 You just have to be careful about one thing while making these. If you are on a diet you cannot resist this delicious temptation 🙂 so beware 🙂
Get into your kitchen now to make these extremely easy to make coconut Ladoos and you won’t regret it. 🙂
These amazing sweet coconut balls will melt in the mouth. So these coconut sweet balls are a must try.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi !!!