It’s Ganesh Chaturthi and sweet shops in the city are flooded with sweets and savouries, especially ‘Modaks’ – the favourite food of the elephant god. Lord Ganesha and modak are synonymous. We love modaks all year around but they are the need of the hour for all the 11 days and cannot be avoided how much we try. With due respect to the traditional steamed and fried modaks, if you had enough of them and want to try the delicacy with a blend of mithai and modern desserts then there are plenty of options in Mumbai that suits the palate of every devotee.
Cake A Reuni – For the chocoholic
Though there is no dearth of chocolates in the market, there are times we want everything in chocolate flavour. If you are someone who cannot think beyond chocolates then ‘Cake A Reuni’ is a haven this festive season. From Motichoor-saffron white chocolate modak to Oreo cookie dark chocolate modak to salted caramel truffle milk chocolate, they have everything. They also have modak cupcakes. They have recently opened an outlet in Chandigarh.
Cost: Rs 300 (8 modaks), Rs 400 (11 modaks), Rs 650 (21 modaks)
Address: Next to Cooper Hospital, Juhu
Bliss Over Bite – For the paan lover
Paan (betel leaves) hold a special place in Hindu tradition and are considered as sacred. There is also a custom to chew paan especially after meals. What if we tell you instead of consuming it as a digestive why not try it as a dessert? Bliss Over Bite has two forms of modak – a shell and a pop – and are available in two flavours – paan and rainbow. They also have modak towers that comprise of modaks in paan, strawberry, rainbow, chocolate and milk flavours.
Cost: Rs 400 (32 modaks) and Rs 650 (53 modaks) for tower
Address: Mahagiri CHS, Ashok Chakravarti Road, Ashok Nagar, Kandivali East
Silver Spoon Gourmet – For the fickle soul
Silver Spoon Gourmet comes up with a special range of modaks every year and over the years has built a strong fan base, who keep coming year after year. The modaks made here are artisanal, handmade and natural. Some of the must try flavours are dark/white chocolate crunch, peanut butter jelly, cashew, rose, mint and rice.
Cost: Rs 1,200 per kg
Address: Shop-4, Block A3, Dhanraj Industrial Estate, Sitaram Jadhav Marg, Lower Parel
Nordic Kandie – For a luxury treat
Nordic Kandie has come up Marzipan modaks for Ganesh Chaturthi. Made with finest almonds imported from Iran and covered in Belgian chocolate. Apart from the premium ones, it also has 24-carat gold and 18-carat silver covered Marzipan modaks as well. Boxes of modaks come in 1, 4, 6, 9, 12 and 18 modaks. Elegantly packaged, Nordic Kandie’s Marzipan, makes for a perfect gift through the year.
Cost: Rs 237 (premium), Rs 289 (silver), Rs 514 (gold) each
Address: N1, Vasant Villa 3, Peddar Road
Contact: 96996 41112
Vanakam Foods – For wonder grain modak
The e-commerce brand by 58-year-old home-chef Anjali Aruldas is offering ragi and bajra modaks filled with traditional fillings of coconut and jaggery. The products made by Vanakkam are low in fat and a great source of carbohydrates and protein. They are also preservative free, easy on the stomach and quick to digest.
Cost: Rs 20
Contact: 022 67991078 / e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org