Ganesh Chaturthi is right around the corner, and it is one of the most celebrated Indian festivals. This festival is celebrated with pomp and flair all across India. Here you can find a wonderful list of sweets and snacks you can make this Ganesh Chaturthi!

35+ Best Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes Collection

What is Ganesh Chaturthi?

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day-long festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha. He is honored as the Lord of Wisdom in Hindu mythology. As per custom, Lord Ganesh is invoked at the start of every ceremony, as he is also known as the Lord of Beginnings.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a major festival celebrated all over India. Ganesh idols are brought to homes and worshipped for 10 days. You can hear loud cheering of Ganpati Bappa Morya, Mangal Murti Morya along with celebrations with dance and music. No Indian festival is complete without lots of food and sweets.

In Southern India, this festival is also called Vinayaka Chaturthi. Lord Ganesh is known by many names including the name Vigna Harta (one who removes obstacles). As a god who removes all obstacles faced by us in the journey of life, this festival adorns the name Vinayaka Chaturthi.

I am sharing below a variety of recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi, including both sweet and savory recipes. Sweets are a major part of the celebration and are offered to Lord Ganesha as Prasad.

If you are doing a Ganesh Chaturthi get-together, then make an Indian festive charcuterie board with these recipes.

Modak Recipes

Modak’s are essentially anything made in a conical structure. They can be sweet or savory, with a filling or without, simple or complicated. Modak is the main part of naivedya (offering to Lord Ganesha) on Vinayaka Chaturthi. They are prepared in a variety of ways and are known to be Lord Ganesha’s favorite snack. I have compiled a list of the best modak recipes that will brighten your celebrations.

Ukadiche Modak (Kozhukattai)

Modak served in a silver plate with Ganesha statue on the back

Ukadiche Modak, also called Thengai Poornam Kozhukattai, is the traditional Modak made on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a sweet rice dumpling made from steamed rice flour and stuffed with a sweet mixture of jaggery and grated coconut. that is a steamed rice flour dumpling.

Rava Modak

Rava Modak sweet in a decorative plate

A brilliant twist to the ever-famous Sheera or Sooji Halwa. Sheera is a sweet semolina pudding prepared with semolina(rava), sugar and ghee. Paired with a sweetened coconut filling, this rava modak makes a great addition to Ganesh Chaturthi prasadam.

Fried Modak

Fried Modak or dumplings in front of Lord Ganesha idol

Modak is usually of two types- steamed and fried. This beautiful recipe details how to make crunchy fried modak with a sweet filling of coconut and jaggery.

Dry Fruit Modak

Dry fruit Modak in a plate

This dry fruits modak is a simple and quick version that takes only 10 minutes. The modak mixture is made with all the healthy ingredients – nuts, dates, raisins, and coconut. And guess what? There is no cooking required.

Chocolate Modak

Chocolate Modak in a large plate

Make this Ganesh Chaturthi a fun festival for kids. This chocolate modak uses cocoa and khoya along with Ghee(Clarified butter) and makes a scrumptious addition.

Coconut Khoya Modak

Coconut Khoya Modak

A twist on traditional Modak with this Chocolate Chip filled Coconut Khoya Modak that can be made in about 15 mins. If you are short on time, this is a great option!

More Sweet Recipes

Here are a variety of other sweets you can include in your Ganpati sweets.

Coconut Laddoo

Almond ladoo with dessicaled coconut in a white plate

Made with desiccated coconut, condensed milk, and almonds, this coconut laddoo is a great sweet to add to your Ganesh Chaturthi lunch menu.

Puran Poli

Puran Poli in a plate

A sweet dish native to many parts of India, puran poli is often made during Ganesh Chaturthi. Puran Poli is a mix of lentils, jaggery, and all-purpose flour (maida). It is served hot with a generous dollop of ghee.

Mawa Gujiya

Mawa gujiya for holi served In a beautiful silver plate

An authentic Indian sweet fried dumpling filled with a mixture of mawa (milk solids), nuts, and coconut. It is a delicious treat made during the festivals in India.

Chocolate Ladoo

Chocolate balls covered in some chopped nuts in a white plate and spread around.

These Chocolate Ladoos made with almond flour, condensed milk, and cocoa powder are sure to satisfy your cravings for Indian sweets! They take only 20 minutes to make and can be served as a festive dessert.

Sheera / Sooji Halwa

Sooji Halwa - Semolina Pudding served in 2 bowls topped with nuts and saffron

If you are a fan of Halwa, then all you need is Sheera. Made with easily available kitchen ingredients such as rava, ghee, and milk, this recipe is perfect for sweetening your taste buds.

Besan Laddoo

Homemade besan ladoo in a pretty silver plate with Diwali diya's in the back

You need just a few ingredients, such as gram flour, ghee, and sugar, to make these amazing melt-in-the-mouth dessert balls. Make this decadent sweet with this easy, fail-proof recipe!

Rava Ladoo

Rava Ladoo stacked in a pretty plate

These melt-in-the-mouth Rava Ladoo need just a few ingredients – roasted semolina, ghee, milk, and sugar – and can be made in less than 30 minutes!

Chocolate Peda

Chocolate Peda on a white plate

Make this easy and healthy sweet for your little ones this Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a gluten-free dessert that kindles your taste buds.

Rose Coconut Karanji

Rose Coconut Karanji in a plate with decorative divas in the back

This famous Maharashtrian dish is a crispy and flaky pastry filled with a flavored coconut filling. The highlight of this dish is the addition of the rose flavor to the coconut.

Sweet Rice

Zarda. Meethe Chawal - Instant Pot - Piping Pot Curry

A sweet and rich rice preparation loaded with dry fruits, sugar, and ghee. This aromatic sweet saffron-flavored rice is a royal dessert made on special occasions and festivals.

Mango Shrikhand

Closeup of mango amrakhand (shrikhand dessert) in 2 bowls garnished with saffron on a decorated plate

Mango Shrikhand, a refreshing & sweet Indian dessert, is a perfect treat. Creamy yogurt, mango pulp, and sugar are blended together and garnished with saffron and cardamom to make this luscious Mango Shrikhand. 

Basundi

Basundi topped with rose petals in a bowl

A delicious Indian dessert whose main ingredient is milk. It is an easy-to-make dish that lets you add the flavor of your choice.

Kheer

Kheer Rice Pudding instant pot

Kheer (Rice pudding) is the go-to dessert during festivals in India. Made with aromatic ingredients of milk, saffron, and cardamom, this dessert is gluten-free.

Shrikhand

Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand (yogurt sweet) in a bowl

Creamy smooth yogurt is mixed with sugar and cardamom and garnished with saffron and pistachios to make this luscious Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand. 

Carrot Kheer

Carrot Pudding Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

A delicious and healthy variation of pudding. Made with carrots, milk, and dates, this recipe will definitely be on your to-do list of sweet recipes for Ganesh Chaturthi.

Coconut Burfi

A stack of Coconut Burfi sweet

Mix nuts coconut burfi or fudge is an easy-to-make Indian sweet with a twist of fennel flavor that makes it unique.

Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana Kheer in two bowls garnished with nuts and rose petals

Sabudana Kheer, or Tapioca pudding, is a sweet made with tapioca pearls and milk. It is super easy to make in the instant pot or on the stovetop. 

Savory Recipes

Along with a variety of sweets, lots of savory recipes are also included in a Ganesh Chaturthi food menu. Here are some options for snacks and the main course for the Ganpati festival.

Sabudana Vada

Sabudana vada in a plate with chutney

A traditional Maharashtrian snack made from sabudana (sago), potatoes, peanuts, herbs and spices. These sabudana vadas are addictive! This is a vegan, gluten-free, and simple fasting recipe.

Batata bhaji

Potato Masala Bhaji in a small pretty bowl

Easy and comforting Potato Curry, also known as Batata Bhaji, along with poori, is often included in the Ganesh Chaturthi lunch menu.

Vada Pav

Vada Pav Air Fryer

It is one of the best Indian street foods that can be had for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Try the healthier version of this dish in an air-fryer.

Amti

Amti dal in a bowl

A traditional no-garlic, no-onion, this Maharashtrian lentil stew (dal) is super easy to prepare in an instant pot or a slow cooker.

Kakdi Koshimbir

kakdi koshimbir, a spicy indian cucumber salad served in a bowl

Kakdi Koshimbir, also known as Khamang Kakdi, is a simple, easy-to-make, refreshing Maharashtrian cucumber salad bursting with crunch and flavor.

Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi in a bowl, garnished with cilantro leaves

Sabudana (Tapioca or Sago) Khichdi is a perfect course for breakfast or can be had for an afternoon snack with tea. This recipe also includes carrots and green peas to make it more healthy and nutritious.

Masale Bhaat

Masale Bhat, rice with vegetables in a white bowl

Masale Bhaat is a delicious Maharashtrian one-pot rice dish filled with vegetables and mildly flavored with spices and garnishing. This recipe can be prepared in a pressure cooker or in instant pot.

Poha Chivda

Poha Chivda in a wooden bowl served as a snack with chai

Poha Chivda is a delicious savory snack that is sweet, tangy, and crunchy — made of crispy roasted poha (flattened rice) peanuts, cashews, almonds, and other seasonings.

Rava Dhokla

Rava Dhokla (Savory Semolina Cakes) made in the instant pot, served with tempering on a snack plate

A popular Gujarat delicacy made from semolina that can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack. This recipe can be made in a pressure cooker or in an instant pot.

Poha

poha with garnishes and masala chai

Poha is an easy and delicious Indian breakfast made with flattened rice, onion, and potatoes, and seasoned with mild spices, curry leaves, peanuts, and cilantro. This recipe also makes up for a quick mid-day snack.

Varan Bhaat

Dal Tadka / Dal Fry / Yellow Lentils Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 3

Varan Bhat is a lentil stew made with Arhar dal (pigeon pea lentils) and is part of the Ganesh Chaturthi prasadam. Steamed rice with a dollop of ghee is the perfect combination for this stew.

Shankarpalli

shakarpara in a bowl served on a tray

Shankarpali, also known as Shakarpara, is a crispy, mildly sweetened snack made with 4 simple ingredients you will have at home.

Patra

Patra Steamed Colocasia rolls along with ketchup to dip

A delicious steamed appetizer made from colocasia leaves rolled with a spicy mixture of gram flour and spices.

Misal Pav

Curry topped with crunchy farsan served with dinner rolls (pav) and onions/lime on the side

Misal Pav is a wholesome meal that can be enjoyed as breakfast or dinner. A is a spicy sprouts curry made in the pressure cooker. This recipe is dairy-free and vegan.

Lemon Rice

Instant Pot Lemon Rice

A tangy and aromatic rice meal from South India, this Lemon rice can be prepared quickly in the pressure cooker.

Wishing you all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2022!

35+ Best Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes Collection

I hope you guys enjoy this collection of Ganpati recipes. If you try any of the recipes, leave a comment or share on Facebook or Instagram. I would love to hear back from you!

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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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