A decade ago, Ganesh Chaturthi was all about the delicious mothagams readied by evening for the puja. Impatient kids would play hide and seek in the kitchen hoping their mother would pass on a mothagam, but they were allowed to hog on them only after the puja.
Even while keeping these traditions intact, the culinary enthusiasts today have changed the game completely. Ganesh Chaturthi today is no simple event; in scale and measure, it has grown to be a big celebration. In cities like Mumbai and Bengaluru, people who stay in apartments huddle up to celebrate the birthday of Vinayaka. Even the marketability of Ganesha cakes have gone up with bakers swamped with orders in huge numbers for the cakes.
And what better way than innovative cooking to revamp the charm of this auspicious day and make it more attractive to the little ones? The Internet is swamped with Vinayaka Chaturthi specials and leading the pack are the edible cake Ganeshas! They range from layered white/dark chocolate ganache, fondant to good old cakes with Ganesha icing. The effort that goes behind each cake must be enormous, so kudos to those who baked a Ganesha!