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Ganesh Chaturthi is round the corner and there are festivities in the air in Mumbai. It is a time of merriment and indulgence. Food, naturally is an important part of this festival as families and friends get together to celebrate. Modaks and sweets like Ladoos, are naturally sought after by gourmands, but savoury dishes like Thalipeeth or a savoury Pancake, Khichdi, too are relished with equal fervour after the overdose of sweets. Mumbai offers a plethora of exciting dishes, to suit every palate and pocket. My top 5 picks:
Ukadiche Modak at Metkut, Thane
Ukadiche Modak is a treat you owe yourself during this festive period. You cannot miss these traditional delicacies at Ganpati. Filled with coconut, jaggery tossed in a copious amount of ghee, these steamed dumplings are extremely well-made here and a must-try for those who do not prepare these at home.
Chocolate Modaks at Country of Origin, Nepean Sea Road
A bit of a twist in Modaks never hurts and especially when it is chocolate. Country of Origin offers top-notch quality Chocolate Modaks this season, which are perfect to gorge upon and also for gifting.
Guests can visit this modest-looking eatery and relish vegetarian Maharashtrian dishes. The Basundi here stands out among the various sweet offerings. Sweet and creamy, it pampers your taste buds and is the perfect finale after a good traditional meal.
Sweet Kachori at Modakam, Prabhadevi
This sweet Kachori with a crusty exterior and delicious filling is an irresistible snack during Ganpati festivities. Dip the kachori into a chutney to enhance its flavours or relish it on its own. This apart, there are several other dishes one can opt for.
Thalipeeth at Diva Maharashtracha, Mahim
And if you have gorged on a fair amount of sweets during Ganpati festivities, head to Diva Maharashtracha to enjoy an array of traditional savoury dishes too. The Thalipeeth here, boasts of authentic flavours, is light and rustic. Pair it with Curd and you have a winning combination.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.