shakti rupen sansthita
namah tasya namah tasya namah tasya
The lovely people who shaped our destinies… Who took the pain to make sure that we took the left path. My greetings, warm wishes & respect to all the teachers.. the founders of the nation –
we are what we are bcoz of you!
Class ke baahar murga ban na, homework nahi karke laane par scolding
but wo bachpan ki daant, and fatkaar (scoldings and punishment ) se hi ham hain jo aj hain …..
Guroor Brahmaa, Guroor Vishnoo, Guroor Devo Maheshwara!
Guru Saakhshaat Par Brahmaa, Tasmahee Shree Gurudev Namah!
Guru Gobind Dono Khare, Kaake Laagoon Paon
Balhaaree Main Guru Ke, Jin Govind Diyo Bataai!
Oh I borrowed this recipe for making Ukadiche Modak (Sweet stuffed Rice Flour Dumplings) from
and I am posting it without alteration here (all credits to the foodcourt owner -esp coz its a recipe by “mom” :))
The cute little mouth-watering rice dumplings – a favourite of Ganesha 🙂
To make about 10-12 Modaks
For the cover:
1 cup fine , fresh Rice flour
1 cup water
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp oil
For the filling:
1 cup freshly scrapped Coconut-only the white portion
1 cup crushed jaggery
2 tsp Khuskhus (poppy seeds) roasted
First make the Stuffing. Put the Coconut and jaggery in a heavy bottom pan and cook on medium flame, stiriing in between. Cook till the jaggery melts and the mixture becomes homogenous. Add the roasted poppy seeds and cook for few more minutes.Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
(You can also add raisins, saffron and cardamom to the mixture if you like.)
Now make the rice flour cover.The cover has to be made a bit carefully. So keep aside all your other jobs and take 1 cup water in a pan and boil it. Once it boils add salt and oil to it . Add the rice flour immediately with one hand and stirring the mixture continuously with the other.Take care that no lumps are formed in the mixture.Cover for 1-2 minutes. Remove the dough on a flat surface and knead well with your hands while still hot…You can apply a little oil to your hands to avoid the dough from sticking.
This is a very important step. You have to knead the dough properly to avoid the cover from cracking. Now take a small lemon sized ball from the dough and keep the remaining dough covered with a cotton cloth in the pan.(The remaining dough should not be allowed to cool)…This is where extra help is welcome…
Flatten the small ball shaped dough with both your hands like a puri. Don’t make it too thin. Now hold the flat dough in your left hand and add the coconut stuffing.
Apply little oil to your right hand and pinch the edges of the flattened dough at 4-5 places,like this:
Bring them together to join them at the centre of the Modak. Shape resembles that of garlic bulb from top(I am not supposed to say garlic,especially since the Modaks are made for God…but I couldn’t find any other analogy!!)
After all the Modaks have been made steam them.Take a steel sieve.Grease it with oil. Keep the Modaks one by one in it taking care that they do not stick to each other.
Keep this sieve on a steamer(You can use a deep vessel with 1/3rd water.) Cover the Modaks and cook for about 12-13 minutes.
Top each hot steaming Modak with Ghee generously ( You will need the ghee after all the hard work.) Offer them to God….and don’t waste any time putting the entire Modak in your mouth…
So enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi with these mouth-watering modaks, and please cutest Ganesha 🙂
And here’s one I found on Zeenews site
Ganesha, Ganpati, lambodar, ekdanta, etc, etc
or Lalbaghcha raja … dagdubhai seth…. (d richest Ganpati in mumbai…or maybe of India)
Ganesh Chaturthi – [thats tomorrow – Sep3, 2008] is celebrated as Ganpati ji’s birthday.
Seeing the moon is strictly prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Here’s the story
Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees on this day. The festival lasts 10 days, and ends with Lord Ganpati ji’s visarjan on Anant Chaturdashi.
The awesome elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
I wish I knew a bit of marathi and could actually understand whats sung in these fav-since childhood artis of Ganpatiji 🙂
Jai dev jai dev – This video has awesome pics of Ganesha, and visarjan…and even has spiderman-looking Ganesha towards the end 😀
Then here’s ganesh arti in Lata di’s voice cutiepie dagdubhai seth I guess…. richest ganesha 🙂
An interesting site about the story, about modaks, etc : Indiasite_Ganesh_Chaturthi