Vinayaka Chaturthi 2023: 6 South Indian Dishes For The Festival
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Ganesh Chaturthi is a grand festival in India that is widely celebrated all across the country. It is a ten-day festival that is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi in the southern parts of the country, mainly Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. According to the Hindu calendar, this year the festival started on September 19 and will conclude on September 28 with Ganpati Visarjan.

During this festival, the devotees welcome Lord Ganesha to their houses and worship him with a lot of prayers and rituals. It is also a tradition on Vinayaka Chaturthi to make Lord Ganesha idols with clay and turmeric to worship at home. Bappa offers a lot of delectable dishes on this festival, like modak, motichoor laddoo, satori, and puran poli. 

But have you ever tried any South Indian delights for this festival? Here are six dishes from South India you can prepare on Vinayaka Chaturthi:


Kozhikattai is a South Indian variation of the classic modak that is specially relished on festivals like Vinayaka Chaturthi. Made from rice flour dough stuffed with a sweet mixture of coconut and jaggery, it is mainly prepared in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Just like modak, kozhikattai also has different types, like moong dal kozhikattai, paal kozhikattai, and ammini kozhikattai. 


Kudumulu is another popular South Indian dish that is offered as prasadam to Lord Ganesha during the Vinayaka Chaturthi pooja. It is made with rice flour, or rava, along with chana dal and a few spices like cumin. Also known as undrallu, this steamed delight has both sweet and savoury variations. Apart from this festival, kudumulu is also enjoyed during Navratri. 


Similar to puran poli in Maharashtra, this traditional dessert of Andhra Pradesh is widely prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. Made with chana dal, jaggery, maida, ghee, and cardamom powder, this sweet flatbread is popular during festivals like Pongal, Diwali, and Ugadi as well. Bobbatlu can also be enjoyed as a breakfast or evening snack with some curd. 

Semiya Payasam 

This is a popular sweet dish in South Indian states that is made on several occasions, including festivals and weddings. Prepared with vermicelli, milk, ghee, jaggery (or sugar), and nuts, it is also perfect to relish as a dessert after dinner. Easy to prepare, semiya payasam is also flavoured with cardamom.  

Chana Sundal 

If you are craving a savoury dish during Vinayaka Chaturthi, then try this Tamilian delight. Sundal has many variations and is made with different types of lentils and grains like rajma, chickpeas, and corn. Chana sundal uses overnight-soaked chickpeas along with the flavour of coconut and spices like asafoetida, red chillies, and curry leaves. Apart from Vinayaka Chaturthi, sundal is also popular during Navratri and Janmashtami. 


This is a popular rice dish from Andhra Pradesh that is perfect for your meals on Vinayaka Chaturthi. Made with rice, tempering spices, tamarind, and curry leaves, it is also served as a prasadam to devotees in temples. Pulihora is mostly enjoyed with curd. There is another variation of this dish called puliyogare, which is commonly prepared in Karnataka.