For Day 2, week 1 of BM #42, here is one of the favorites of Lord Ganesha. I understand there are many variations to these but these are the simplest ones which we make at home. These work out perfectly even for a snack!
Lord Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles is worshiped on Vinayaka Chavithi which typically is observed in the Bhadrapada month of the lunar calender (typically september).
*Rice Rava 1/2 cup (Not the regular sooji/semolina see notes)
Chana Dal Tbsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Water 1 cup
Ghee 1/2 tsp
Notes - Soak Rice overnight, drain and spread it out on a muslin cloth. When it is just about air dried, ground into a coarse rava consistency. Store in an air tight container for future use.
Method Of Preparation -
Soak the chana dal for about 30 minutes.
In a pan, bring a cup of water to a rolling boil, adding salt and ghee.
Reduce the flame, Add the soaked and drained chana dal and slowly add the rice rava while briskly and let it cook for a couple of minutes.
Switch off the flame, cover and let it cook in the steam for about 5-6 minutes.
After it is cool to touch, pinch small portions of the mixture, roll them them to desired shape (typically round) and set them in a steamer.
Steam for about 10 minutes, remove from fire and let it cool.
Remove from the steamer and they are ready to be offered as Naivedyam to Lord Ganesha.
I served them with Coconut chutney.
Preparation Time 25 min
Makes 16 bite size ones