Ganapati Kootu is a recipe which is usually made in Kerala temples and poojas as an offering to Lord Ganapati. It can also be served as a sweet or dessert on special occasions like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi. Crafted with flattened rice, popped rice, jaggery, banana, sesame seeds, raisins, mishri, kopra, generous amount of ghee, Ganapati Kootu is a mouth-watering treat in itself.
This preparation is flavoured with cardamom powder, dry ginger powder, cumin powder and lemon juice. Brown raw rice coarsely powdered is used to bind the whole mixture. Other than trying to make for poojas, you can even make it as a healthy sweet like this Ladoo whenever you feel like. Why not try this Ganapati Kootu for this Diwali. Great idea. Isn’t it? Here is how to make it:
- Flattened Rice ( Poha ) - 2 cups
- Puffed Rice - ½ cup
- Black Sesame seeds - 3 tsp
- Sugarcane slices - 10 pieces
- Mishri / sugar candy - 50 gm ( coarsely crushed into pieces)
- Black raisins - 15
- Jaggery - 250 g ( Grated )
- Honey - 1 tsp
- Sugar - 3-4 tsp
- Kopra slices / fresh coconut slices - ¾ cup
- Ghee - 4 tbsp
- Small banana roundels - 1 banana
- Onakalari / brown raw rice - 3 tsp ( roasted and coarsely ground)
- Lemon juice - 1 tsp
- Dry Ginger powder - ½ tsp
- Roasted cumin powder - ¼ tsp
- Cardamom powder - ½ tsp
- Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan preferably traditional Urali.
- Add sesame seeds to ghee and roast it for 30 secs.
- Add raisins and let them puff up.
- Add in jaggery, sugar, kopra / coconut, sugarcane slices.
- Let the jaggery and sugar melt and sugarcane release it's water.
- Do this process on a slow flame.
- Sprinkle very little water to maintain the moisture.
- Let the syrup get well heated and coconut gets coated with it.
- Switch off the flame and add other ingredients like flattened rice, popped rice, rice powder, cardamom powder, ginger powder and roasted cumin powder.
- Mix everything nicely.
- Add banana roundels, mishri pieces.
- In the end, add honey and lemon juice.
- Mix well.
- Let the mixture cool down and serve it.
- You can store it in fridge for a week as well.
This recipe is a part of #WADiwali contest in association with Maharaja Whiteline.