Designer delicacies for Lord Ganesha
If Lord Ganpati was born in the 21st century, he would have surely wished for for more choices for his favorite modak. Arpana Dhotre picks modern-day variants of the centuries-old coconut and jaggery filled delicacy
“When everyone prefers to go for custom made designer products, then why not Ganesh’s prasad?” asks Jayesh Nandu of Vividham sweets in Borivali West. Vividham, adding contemporary touch to the typical sweet, is offering colourful jelly mixed with dry fruits, chocolates with hazel nuts and butterscotch all shaped like the Modak. Vividham’s big 5kg designer version is embellished with colorful stones and edible flowers.
For Rs. 500 to 1300 per kg
Address: Vividham sweets, Shop Number 25, Lokmanya Tilak Road, Borivali (W), Factory Ln, Borivali West, Mumbai -400092
Sweets are always considered an unhealthy option, but Puranmal Restaurant in Ghatkopar is ready to serve healthy oats and multigrain baked modaks to lord Ganesha. “People prefer coconut-jaggery modak only on the first and last day of Ganeshotsav; in between they prefer different, interesting options” informs Dipti Chawla, director of Puranmal Foods. They are also offering coconut filled with Tutti-Frutti filling, chocolate chip and rich gulkand modaks.
For Rs 500 to 1500 per kg
Address: 1st Floor, R City Mall, Lal Bahadur Shastri Rd, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai - 400086
Traditional with a twist
Parel’s famous food joint Ladoo Samrat is an all-time favorite haunt among Maharashtrian food lovers. They offer Anjir, Kaju and chocolate-butterscotch mixed modaks to offer this year. “When people go to relative or friends place during festival, they want all fancy options with not only taste but also look good,” says Babubhai of Ladoo Samrat. They also stock mango, strawberry, pistachio flavoured versions. One can also find mouth-watering rice flour covered coconut and jaggery stuffed modaks for Rs 12 per piece.