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Ganesh Chaturthi 2016: Modak gets a makeover


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It’s not only our restaurants that are buzzing with gastronomical delights, but this trend has been passed down to our Mithai’s as well. The trunk god’s favorite food, Modak has undergone a drastic transformation in the past few years. From Nutella Modak to Mithai Pops, we are getting more and more experimental. These will definitely gratify your taste buds to the core!

All My Sins – For the Cookie Addict!

“This is my favourite festival and I wanted to do something interesting for it. I thought of giving it a makeover and hence while experimenting Peanut Blossom Modak was born.” says Etee Poddar, the founder of All My Sins. These scrumptious handmade goodies have peanut cookies as its base and a modak shape Hershey chocolate topping.

Cost: Rs 80 per piece
Address: A-6, Mamta Building, 1st Floor, Irla Bridge, S.V.Road, Andheri West
Contact: 98206 51129

Caramella – Cheesecake anyone?Caramella 1

If you don’t care about those extra calories then peanut butter modak is a must try! Ketki Barfiwala started Caramella in 2014 with a sole idea to give a makeover to modak. “I wanted to do something offbeat for the young generation keeping chocolate as the base.” says Ketki. We recommend you try out their limited edition Blueberry and Rasberry Cheesecake filled chocolate modaks.

Cost: Box of 4 – Rs 150, Box of 6 – Rs 200
Address: Khar West
Contact Number: 98203 52213

Bliss Over Bite – For the innovative Modak Pops and Modak Shells!Bliss Over Bite 2

Relish on trunk god’s favourite food in two new forms –a shell or a pop– with Bliss Over Bite. The shell modaks has wafer shells as a base with chocolate modak topping. While the pops comes in white, dark and raspberry chocolate flavours.

Cost: Rs 100 for five pops, Rs 200 for five shells
Address: Mahagiri CHS, Ashok Chakravarti Road, Ashok Nagar, Kandivali East
Contact: 9699850002

Cake A Reuni – For the Calorie Conscious!Cake A Reuni 3

Calorie-conscious devotees can ditch the sweet modak for sugar-free options. “During Ganeshotsav, we invariably put on weight, as it is impossible to control eating the assorted varieties of modaks, and so we have introduced sugar-free modaks that contains dates.” Says Nirali Desai, the founder of Cake A Reuni. It has also introduced vanilla cupcake modaks with saffron butter cream and lemon cream modaks.

Cost: Rs 50 per piece
Address: Next to Cooper Hospital, Juhu
Contact: 9833146401

Brown Spoon – For the ones who love their PaanBrown Spoon

Every year, Nishita Dhruv, founder of Brown Spoon, comes up with exciting new flavours for the festival. This year, she has introduced paan, orange and nut flavoured modaks. “I prefer suggesting these modaks for gifting as it can be customized accordingly.”

Cost: Rs 250 for 21 chocolate modaks and Rs 14 per piece for a flavoured modak
Address: Mahavir Tower, Mulund West
Contact: 9821315497

Nordic Kandie – For the Vegans!veg

Nordic Kandie Magic has created special Marzepan Modaks for this Ganesh Chaturthi. The Marzepan is made with the finest Mamra almonds from Iran are dipped in Belgian Chocolate. Along with the premium ones, it has 24 carat Gold and 18 carat Silver covered Marzepan Modaks as well. It also offers a wide range of 18 flavours, some of them being Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Blackcurrant, Cherry, Mint, Nutella etc. These Marzepan Modak Kandies are vegan, cholesterol free, gluten free, trans-fat free and with zero preservatives.

Cost: Rs 180 (premium), Rs 225 (silver), Rs 650 (gold)
Address: N1, Vasant Villa 3, Peddar Road
Contact: 96996 41112

Love & Cheesecake – For the ones who like a bit of Colour!Love and Cheesecake 2

Ganesha’s favourite food has now become colourful! Try Love & Cheesecake’s colourful chocolate modaks filled with flavours like saffron, cardamom, pan and rose, among others. You can even try its Marzipan modak and Gulabjamun Cheesecake.

Cost: Rs 500 for 10 modaks and Rs 700 for 16 modaks

Address: 10, Gagangiri, off Carter Road, next to Cafe Coffee Day and Carter’s Blue, Bandra
Contact: 9819935135

Live 2 Eat Desserts – For the Chocolate Crazy! Live 2 Eat 2
Go brown this Ganesh Chaturthi by getting a chocolate Ganesha. “Chocolate Ganesha is the direct Prasad of Ganeshji! As you don’t need to go to the beach and create noise and water pollution. All you need to do is immerse the idol in hot milk and feed your loved ones as prasad.” says Niketa Agrawal, founder of Live 2 Eat Desserts.

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Cost: Rs 95 for 100 gm idol, Rs 490 for 490 gm idol
Address: T-135, Grotto Villa, Juhu Road, Santacruz West
Contact: 9820955805