Indians, have a long tradition of steamed cooking. Since the ancient times is cooked Modak, a ritual dish offered to Lord Ganesha and dumplings made from rice flour, stuffed with brown sugar and grated coconut and can be fried or steamed. Modak also known as kozhukattai is made with rice flour and stuffed with grated coconut. The members of the family, singing hymns offer this sweet to Ganesha.
The figure of the god Ganesh elephant head on a human body is represented by Hindus as an archetype loaded with multiple meanings and symbolisms that express a state of perfection , and the way to reach it; Ganesh is in fact the symbol of the one who discovered the Divinity within himself. He represents the perfect balance between masculine energy Siva and feminine Shakti, or between strength and gentleness, between power and beauty; also symbolizes the discriminative capacity that allows to distinguish truth from illusion, the real from the unreal.
At the Hindu Ganesha is one of the most well-known representations of the god and worshiped; is depicted with an elephant head provided with a single tusk, four arms and pronounced belly, while riding or being served by a rat, his vehicle. It is often shown seated with one leg lifted off the ground and bent over the other, in the position of lalitasana.
The worship of Ganesha is widespread, even outside India; Ganesh devotees are called Ganapatya.
has an elephant's head on a human body, a fat belly softly, welcomes food and flowers in her devotees and as a mount he is not that small are using a mouse, often portrayed to his feet. It can be said that as a god Ganesh is rather unique.
Yet in India is one of the most loved and revered Gods, who are dedicated temples and large parties of mass. Her image is familiar to us now in the West: we find it often in the little squares hanging in the centers of meditation and yoga. What they do not know is that behind that image placid lies a forest of symbols, myths and psychological meanings, including a special bond with women. Let us go then to discover the secrets of Ganesha.
The elephant-headed god is worshiped by Hindus, first of all for one reason: in the Hindu sacred texts is considered the remover of obstacles. When a person has to jump into a new business to start up something important the construction of their home, the beginning of a love, a long journey, taking in a job is to Ganesh who asks for protection and help to overcome the difficulties in its path. According to anthropologists this belief stems from an elephant cult prevalent in rural India since ancient times.
No coincidence that the sovereign and gurus of the past appeared before his subjects or to the faithful in the back of this beautiful animal. But the figure of Ganesha also hides something else. To understand in particular its relationship with the women we find solace in one of the myths that tell of his birth.
The goddess Parvati wanted a son but his companion, the god Shiva, did not want to . Parvati then decided to build it alone: the child was born to a big laugh of the goddess or - according to another version of the myth - the sweat of his skin. The son of Parvati (born in human form) was very strong, so the goddess gave him an order: you will protect my private chambers and prevent anyone from entering while I swim. Unfortunately, however, came Shiva, oblivious to everything, and tried to enter the rooms of his wife.
The boy, in obedience to his mother, blocked his way and Shiva, furious, cut off his head clean off. Outraged, the Goddess Shiva claims that the Earth would send all the demigods gana to recover from a head to hang up his son's body to bring it back to life. The gana returned carrying an elephant head: therefore, since the son of Parvati has that and it is called Ganesh or Ganapati, which means Lord of the demigods.
3 cups rice flour
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp clarified butter
4 cups grated coconut
1 cup jaggery
6 cups water
1 tsp cardamom
1 cup milk
Salt to taste
Mix jaggery and grated coconut and keep the mixture aside for half an hour.
Boil water in a vessel and add oil and pinch of salt to it. Take off heat. Add the rice flour, little by little and cover the mixture and let it cool.
When it is cool, knead it well into dough with a smooth finish. It should be hard enough to roll it without using any flour or oil.
In a pan add the butter, cardamom, coconut, jaggery and milk. Cook the mixture on medium heat for 10 minutes. Keep it aside for cooling down.
Make balls with the covering dough. Flatten them on the palm into a circle with the other hand's thumb making a hole in the center. Use your fingers to make a shape like a muffin cup and put the stuffing in it. Cover it completely with the dough and fold the edges tapering to the centre.
Steam-cook the ball in a cooker for 15 minutes.