Ganesh Chaturthi: These Mumbai restaurants are serving modaks with a twist
Tired of routine mawa modaks? Restaurants line up a heady mix of rejigged versions to please the elephant god
Tofu for Ganesha
This vegan, gluten- and sugar-free modak is bound to get the fitness freak interested. A blend of tofu, almond flour, coconut powder and soya milk, with a whiff of cardamom and saffron, makes this made-to-order eat delicious to the core.
Time: 12 pm to 1 am
At: Dishkiyaoon, ground floor, The Capital, Bandra Kurla Complex Road, Bandra East.
Cost: '350 plus taxes for five modaks
With love from Manchuria
Enjoy the piping-hot and deep-fried Manchurian Modak that oozes with Chindian flavours or opt for other savoury varieties like Dahi Modak Chaat, Matar Samosa Modak and Hara Bhara Modak at a 10-day chaat festival.
Time: 12 pm to 10 pm at Dillie Heart, Nalanda Co-op housing Society, Evershine Nagar, Malad West
Cost: '99 (for a plate of five pieces)
Do the tutti frutti
If you love a dose of colourful tutti frutti, this mawa modak with a mix of the confectionary is what you need. They offer 20 variants, including Chocolate Chips, Gulkand, Roasted, and Mathura Modak.
At: Puranmal restaurants at Juhu, CSMT, Chandivali, Khopoli and Ghatkopar.
Call: 8080806749 (CSMT)
Log on to: puranmal.com
Cost: '121 for six modaks
Break it open
Try D:OH! Dak, a hollow chocolate modak filled with ice cream brownie and chocolate sauce, served with a side of hand-churned modak ice cream featuring jaggery, coconut and dry fruits.
Till: September 5 Time 9 am to 1 am
At: D:OH outlets in Kamala Mills, Lower Parel and Fun Republic Mall, Andheri West
Call: 62372830 (Lower Parel)
For gooey goodness
Here's an artisanal version of your regular festive favourite - this modak has a filling of caramel and tender coconut, all encased in a shell of saffron mousse. And to help you maintain your vegetarian diet, it's egg-free!
Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
At: Toshin, first floor, IVY Restaurant & Banquets, GM Road, Amar Mahal, Chembur West
Cost: '260 per piece
The anti-dairy bite
Sworn off dairy products and unable to enjoy mawa modaks? Order the decadent Chocolate Cranberry variety, which includes oats laced with cocoa and bits of tangy-sweet berries. It isn't just vegan but gluten- and sugar-free too.
Time: 9 am to 9 pm at Buddha Bowl, Hill Road, Bandra West
Cost: '360 (for a box of 11)
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