What is the significance of offering food to the divine? To each their own, but I have my learning and theories to call it logical. You cannot offer food to someone unless you are content and full yourself. And when it comes to God, you don’t have to be a requester all the time, you can be happy, relaxed and at peace without asking for anything.
This year, we welcomed the divine with new norms. Nothing was missed, because it was staying at home for the lord. This made me think how we have learnt to adapt, and how this pandemic has become a teacher. And the good thing is, we are more organised and aware than ever before.
I can vouch for this because now my online workshops on millets and live webinars are reaching to people across countries. People are waking up to the reality, wanting to be healthy and fit. This Tuesday, I am coming up with a live webinar on ‘mistakes we do while cooking with millets’, and I am already amazed by the response of my Instagram followers. Many have already claimed their ticket to enter the webinar on August 25. If you wish to join, too, you can reach out to me on my Instagram.
But before anything else, I would want to tell you if you really know the kinds of millets, their textures, and most importantly, the right cooking techniques, you can cook anything with them. All you need is a little patience and an open mind for these wonder grains. My live webinar on Tuesday is all about breaking some myths and dropping some truth bombs while also ensuring that you receive abundance of knowledge and kick-start your millet journey with me.
Coming back to the divinity, here is a small attempt to add millet to Ganapati’s all time favourite modaks. While traditional recipes have a charm of their own, this year, let the Lord be spoilt.
Read more for the step-by-step recipe of millet modak and figure out why I avoided using millet flour directly, and prefer whole grains instead. Cooking with millet has to be just right so as to claim its health benefits. Covering more of it in my live webinar.
Little Millet Modak
Ingredients: (for 20 modaks)
For the outer covering:
For the stuffing:
Health benefits of immunity-boosting little millet
Compared with rice, little millet is highly nutritious, non-glutinous and alkaline food. It is high in minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. It is a smart carbohydrate with lots of fiber and low simple sugars. Little millet is a good source of protein for vegetarians.
(Shalini Rajani is the founder of Crazy Kadchi and holds innovative Millets Cooking Workshops for all age groups)