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Aug 24, 2009

Arati Kudumulu (Banana Modak) for Vinayaka Chavithi

Hope you all had a wonderful Vinayaka Chavithi!! We had a great one too!! Every year we celebrate it with very enthusiasm and devotion. This year I prepared some yummy treats for Lord Ganesha. These include Arati Kudumulu, Undrallu, Bajjilu (Besan Fritters), Nimmakaya Pulihora (Lemon Rice), Bellam Pongali (Sweet Pongal).

Before going to the recipe of banana modak, I would like to share few snaps of our puja at home. We prepared Lord Ganesh’s idol at home with play dough that we made by ourselves. My daughter and I have created the idols. Look below.

The idol on the left is made by my daughter and on the right by me. Later we realized that her idol looked like Daddy Ganesha and mine like Baby Ganesha. Don’t you think so?

Few Snaps of our puja:

Now coming to the recipe for Banana Modak:


  • 2 cups Rice Flour
  • 1 cup desiccated Coconut
  • 3 ripe Bananas
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • Oil to deep fry


Mash bananas well with a fork or hand. To this add all other ingredients except oil and mix well with hand. We don’t have to add water as mashed bananas contain lot of water. Mix well until you get a soft texture. Keep aside.

Pour oil in a pan and heat. Take small portions of the prepared batter, make into desired shapes and drop into the hot oil carefully. Deep-fry until they turn golden brown in color and remove from the oil. Place on a paper towel to get rid of the excess oil. Repeat the same process with rest of the batter.

Offer these yummy treats to Lord Ganesha!!

Other treats I prepared for Lord Ganesha are:

Undrallu – For this I followed Sailu’s recipe to the letter. Thank you for the easy recipe Sailu!! They turned out so delicious and perfect.

Lemon Rice

Assorted Fritters – These are made just in the same process I used for Variety Bajjis that I posted previously. But this time I used Green chilies, Cabbage Leaves, Red, Yellow and Green Bell Peppers for these bajjis.

Last but not the least, Sweet Pongal - for this too I followed my Chakra Pongali recipe that I posted previously. The only change I made was I replaced sugar with Jaggery (Bellam).

That was our treats for the holy occasion Ganesh Chathurdhi. How about you?

This is my contribution for “Janmashtami & Ganesh Chaturthi Event” hosted by Purva.

Check out our Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations last year!


Anonymous said... [Reply]

It is really worth to read all the contents and I felt like I also got some blessings from Lord Vigneswara. Thanks for Sharing.
-Nature Lover

Nithya said... [Reply]

The celebration looks so interesting. Nice decoration and the prasadams look fantastic. :) Hope you had a great time. :)

Meera said... [Reply]

Really beautiful idols, Uma. You and your daughter are very creative.

Pavithra Elangovan said... [Reply]

Wow wow wow looks so divine so cute ur daughter has made wonderful job and yes its looking daddy and baby.. nice arrangement and feast yah.. i showed the idol to my son too he loved it.. Happy vinayak chavithi..keep going

Raks said... [Reply]

Wow,the ganesh idol u and ur daughter made is lookng very nice UMA :)
And love the spread u have made!

Unknown said... [Reply]

beautiful idol and nice celebrations..

Indian Khana said... [Reply]

Glad to knw ur enjoyed ur celebration..u r so rite...its looks like daddy and son :)...hehe so cute...ur little gal is real gud...feast looks yummy dear

Sailaja Damodaran said... [Reply]

Nice dishes....very inviting..

Poornima Nair said... [Reply]

I love ur decorations...this is one festival I really miss since coming here. It was such a big deal in Mumbai. All the dishes look so tempting, banana modak looks yumm.

Jayashree said... [Reply]

Both the ganeshas look lovely.

Nandinis food said... [Reply]

Those clay Ganeshas are really adorable! The feast is superlicious and yummy!

ST said... [Reply]

The celebration looks soo fabulous...What a lovely and luscious platter....

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Fantastic Uma..Both idols looks great, as u said urs looks like son and urs daughters as daddy...real feast for eyes..

Chitra said... [Reply]

Beautiful idols..this modak is very useful for me becoz i have lots of bananas at home..will try 4 sure :)

Purva Desai said... [Reply]

Idols look really cute, everything looks divine....Prasadam looks delicious...
Thank you for the lovely entry for the event...

Subhie Arun said... [Reply]

that really look awesome uma...ur v creative...n prasadam also looks yummy...thanks for sharin!

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Pics show you had yum and rocking festival dear...Idols look cute...

Unknown said... [Reply]

wow so creative you daughter is Uma she made vahanam also very perfect idol s and mouthering prasadams yum yum. sorry Happy vinayaka chaviti to you too

sra said... [Reply]

Cute! What did you make the idols with?

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

Happy Ganesh Chaturdhi Uma...those idols look soo cute...everything looks so lovely :)

Saritha said... [Reply]

Nice platter of dish to the god uma.

touch wood ur daughter is talanted,god bless her.

Unknown said... [Reply]

Very lovely Idols, beautiful decoration and very delicious prasadams. What did you use to make them? Banana modakam is very interesting and innovative.

Ann said... [Reply]

Oh dear.. wht a talent.. its awesome

Srivalli said... [Reply]

Lovely and so innovative!...Happy Vinayaka Chaturti Uma..

notyet100 said... [Reply]

Lovely post Uma,.wish u and ur family Happy Ganesha Festival

Vijitha said... [Reply]

Happy vinayagar chathurti dear! awesome set of pics. Nice display of neividyam & diety

Uma said... [Reply]

@Sra, Sadhana-Muskaan,

I used homemade clay to make the idols. I made the clay with AP Flour, cream of tartar and salt.

@All: Glad you liked the idols. Thank you :)

kitchen queen said... [Reply]

your prasadams and the ganesha idols look so nice and good. you can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments

Shri said... [Reply]

Awesome pictures Uma!I am surprised looking at the idols.Great effort!Tell my wishes to your daughter too.All the dishes look so tasty.Happy Vinayaka Chathurti!!

Madhavi said... [Reply]

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to u and ur family and yummyyyyy food !!!

Savi-Ruchi said... [Reply]

first of all.., pretty looking ganesha. What a spread Uma!!!, I am all drooling here :)

Divya Kudua said... [Reply]

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi..:)

I made a banana Modak too for chathurthi,though the recipe is a bit different:)Lovely platter for Lord Ganesha:)

Lena Jayadev said... [Reply]

hai Uma.... Happy vinayagar chathurthy...festive foods looks awesome..wonderful presentation dear.. :)

Vaishali said... [Reply]

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi, Uma. What a feast that is!

Usha said... [Reply]

Uma, those idols are so beautiful. Amazing that you and your daughter made it at home that too with home made clay, awesome. The banana modak sounds very delicious !

raaji said... [Reply]

chaala baaga chesukunnav uma pandaga...both father and baby ganesha looks so adorable...hahah

Hari Chandana P said... [Reply]

Chalaa bagunnayi anni naivedhyalu.. Gr8.. :)

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