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Ganpati recipes: Sundal, Mango sooji, Tendli bhaat

Last updated on: August 28, 2014 13:10 IST

Ganpati recipes: Sundal, Mango Sooji Sheera, Tendli Bhaat

Kanchan Maslekar

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This Ganeshotsav welcome the elephant god with these easy-to-make recipes.



  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 3 to 4 dried red chillies
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

For garnish

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
  • Coriander leaves to garnish


  • Soak chana dal in water for four hours.
  • Pressure cook it with turmeric for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  • Make sure you don’t over cook the dal.
  • Heat oil. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida, chilli, curry leaves and urad dal.
  • Add the drained chana dal and salt.
  • Add lemon juice.
  • Garnish with coriander and grated coconut and serve.

Mango Sooji Sheera

Mango Sooji Sheera. Photograph: Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin/Creative Commons


  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1/2 cup pure ghee
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup mango pulp
  • 1/2 cup almonds, cashew nuts and raisins
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder


  • Heat ghee in a pan
  • Add semolina and fry till light brown.
  • Separately boil the milk and water and then add it to the semolina.
  • Add mango pulp and stir continuously for two minutes.
  • Add sugar. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add cardamom powder and nuts.
  • Add a teaspoon of ghee.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat for a minute. 
  • Serve hot.

Tip: You may add fruits like banana or pineapple to make your own variety of sheera.

Tendli Bhaat

Tendli Bhaat. Photograph: Rediff Archives


  • 1 cup tendli (tindora)
  • 1 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 3/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp haldi powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder and cumin powder
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste

For garnish

  • Freshly grated coconut and coriander leaves


  • Wash and set aside the rice for an hour.
  • Cut tendli into long slices.
  • In a wok, heat oil and add cumin seeds, a pinch of asafoetida, haldi powder and 8 to 10 curry leaves.
  • You may add ginger garlic and sliced onion. In some households garlic and onion is not used during festivities.
  • Add tendli. Mix well.
  • Add rice and three cups of water.
  • Add coriander powder and cumin powder. Mix well.
  • Add salt to taste and chilli powder.
  • Mix well and cook on medium flame for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Serve hot with ghee after garnishing it with freshly grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves.

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Image: Sundal
Photographs: mike/Creative Commons