Today is an auspicious day for Hindus all over the world. It's the birthday of Lord Ganesha, also known as Vinayagar Chaturthi. Hindus worship Ganesha by performing devotions, fasting and offering sweet dishes. While going to temple and seeking blessings from Lord Ganesha has also been a tradition, we started our day with prayers at home and abstain from eating meat. Although I didn't prepare any special traditional sweets, fruits and flowers were offered to Ganesha in our altar.
Coincidentally just 2 days ago, I made mango sticky rice and I think the dish is most appropriate because it’s made with ingredients usually associated with a sweet dessert offered to god. The sticky rice is actually glutinous rice, soaked overnight and steamed with a pinch of salt and pandan leaves. If you like, you can mix coconut milk and palm sugar syrup into the rice after steaming it but I preferred all of it separately. That way, we can add the amount of coconut milk and syrup as per our taste.
This dessert is a sheer pleasure of fragrant sticky rice smeared with generous pool of coconut milk and palm sugar syrup and eaten with fresh mango cubes.
1 cup glutinous rice -soaked overnight and drained
2-3 pieces of pandan/screwpine leaves
1 cup thick coconut milk
100g palm sugar
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
Salt as needed
Fresh mango cubes (as needed)
Steam rice with pandan and a pinch of salt till light and fluffy.
Warm up coconut milk.
Make syrup with both types of sugar.
Serve all together with mango cubes.
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