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22 August 2020 00:46

Ganesh Chaturthi: Shilpa Shetty's delicious besan coconut barfi is perfect for the festival.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: Shilpa Shetty's Besan Coconut Barfi Is A Healthy Dessert For Festive Celebrations

People should not ignore social distancing norms while shopping for the Ganesh festival, an umbrella body of Ganesh mandals in the city said on Friday. Videos on social media showed thousands of people thronging the vegetable and flower market in Dadar area a day ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi. "It was expected that people would take precautions with regard to social distancing ahead of the festival. "In the last four-five days, a section of people seems to have forgotten social distancing norms at vegetable markets or flower markets in the city," Dahibawkar noted. "Government's norms must be followed completely and people should cooperate," he said.

Ganesh mandals in the city have decided to take steps to ensure social distancing during the festival, he said. (MENAFN - NewsBytes) Mumbai's civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has urged people to exercise caution while using 13 bridges that are in dilapidated conditions, during the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrations. The 10-day Ganesh Utsav celebrations will commence from Saturday, August 22. In this article Avoid waiting and dancing on these bridges, urged BMC Bridges are old, repair works are underway: BMC official Concept of 'One ward-one Ganpati' also introduced Idol collection points have reportedly been set up Mumbai to receive heavy rains during the weekend Details Avoid waiting and dancing on these bridges, urged BMC In its advisory, the civic body has urged devotees not to wait on the bridges for a prolonged duration, avoid dancing on them, and also ensure that fewer people take part in the immersion processions. Details Bridges are old, repair works are underway: BMC official We want devotees to take precautions while using these bridges," a BMC official said about the decision.

Last year, BMC had issued a similar advisory for 20 bridges that were found dilapidated in a structural audit. The most vivid festival of the year- Ganesh Chaturthi is here. Even though Covid has subdued the rancour of every year, it hasn't subdued the spirit of Ganpati which is celebrated with as much fervour if not more within our homes. Preparing for rituals, decorating our homes, and gorging on our favourite sweets is what makes Ganesh Chaturthi so special. We spoke to Chef Vanshika Bhatia, who has cooked up a storm at some of the world's finest restaurants - Gaggan (Thailand), Junoon (Dubai), and Noma (Copenhagen) but remembers her time in Mumbai fondly, "I worked in Mumbai (JW Marriott) for 6 months in the beginning of my career and can never forget the sights and sounds of ganpati celebrations and how the city completely transformed." Talking about her favourite festive recipes Chef Vanshika said, "I personally always relate festivals to sweets and desserts.

During the lockdown when I was craving my favorite sweet Boondi laddoo from my hometown of Kanpur, I decided to make them at home and this is that recipe." 1. Make a loose batter for the 'boondi' by first whisking the 'besan', ghee and a pinch of turmeric gives the yellow colour to the 'boondi' and is definitely healthier than using artificial colouring. 2. Slowly add water while continuously whisking so that the batter isn't lumpy and is completely smooth. 3. Rest the batter in room temperature to 10-15 minutes so that the 'besan' soaks up the water and the batter comes to the perfect consistency. 4. To Fry, you can fry completely in ghee or do a mix of refined oil and ghee as per your preference.

Take enough of the oil to deep fry the 'boondi'. Put it on high heat so that 'boondi' forms as soon as it hits the oil. Pour it little by little as there is a lot of moisture in the batter and a lot of steam comes out as soon as it hits the oil. 6. Make your sugar syrup by mixing in the sugar, cardamom, and saffron with water. Keep the heat medium and once the sugar is absorbed add the juice of half a lemon to stop the crystallization of sugar.

7. Turn off the heat and add the 'boondi' to the syrup and keep it aside till the syrup is completely absorbed. Once absorbed, spread out the 'boondi' on a plate to cool it completely. 1/2 tsp Oil 2. Knead a soft dough by adding water a little at a time. 3. Rest the dough covered with a damp cloth in an oiled bowl for atleast an hour. 4. For making the 'Puran' or the stuffing, put the washed and soaked dal in a pressure cooker with enough water to cover it and add turmeric and oil. 5. Once the pressure releases, Strain the dal and mash it properly using a potato masher or whisk, add the jaggery, and turn on the gas on medium heat. Cook till the jaggery melts and mixes with the dal mash. After turning off the heat add cardamom and nutmeg powder. Add the Puran in the center and close it from all sides making a ball and then roll it out flat again. Now spread ghee to the surface on both sides and cook till it becomes roasted on both sides. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, people of Mumbai are preparing to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. Meanwhile, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty also reached home on Thursday with Ganpati for her daughter Samisha's first Ganesh Chaturthi. This Ganesh Chaturthi is very special for Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, as it is her daughter Samisha's first Ganesh Chaturthi. Every year Shilpa Shetty, her husband Raj Kundra and son Vihaan celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi festival with great pomp. Shilpa shared the photo of the Ganpati festival. In this photo, she, her husband Raj and son Vihaan were all seen in yellow-coloured outfits. God of success and who defeats obstacles." Shilpa and her husband Raj had welcomed their daughter Samisha in February this year. On the occasion of her daughter turning 6 months old on August 15, Shilpa shared a beautiful photo of Samisha, writing, "One moment they are so tiny, your arms seem too big for them... As our little angel Samisha turns 6 months old today she's started turning onto her tummy signs of being 'independent' already Soon, she'll be sitting up, crawling, and then my workouts will mainly comprise of running behind her We'll cross that bridge when we get to it, but for now, I'm loving this time with her. Ganesh Chaturthi: Shilpa Shetty's delicious besan coconut barfi is perfect for the festival. Highlights Shilpa Shetty made a delicious besan coconut barfi The recipe was a festive occasion special for Ganesh Chaturthi She used zero refined sugar in the besan coconut barfi recipe Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated with much aplomb across the country. Although the pandemic may have brought a halt to large congregations, which come as a part of the Ganesh Utsav, but that doesn't have to dampen the festive spirits. Modaks are a traditional sweet prepared on this day, with different dry fruits as ingredients and a number of regional variations too. These sweetmeats are integral to the festive celebrations; however, the copious amounts of refined sugar in them may do more harm to health than good. Shilpa Shetty decided to make a healthier dessert for the festival instead - besan coconut barfi. Shilpa Shetty greeted her followers just before the auspicious occasion, "It's that time of the year and we're all geared up to welcome Bappa into our homes this week. The Besan Coconut Barfi fits the bill perfectly!" She further described the healthy and delicious recipe and how it can also be made completely vegan by substituting ghee for vegetable oil. You can also shape them into modaks, and if you want to make them vegan you can use peanut/coconut oil. They taste equally good, made a separate batch for @rajkundra9 who is vegan; he loved them," Shilpa Shetty wrote in the caption of the post. (Also Read: Shilpa Shetty Turns Vegetarian, Calls It The Best Decision For Health) Besan barfi is made with zero sugar and only jaggery. The recipe involved roasting besan and desiccated coconut separately, and then bringing the two together along with some ghee, jaggery syrup and dry fruits. There was no refined sugar used in the recipe. Shilpa Shetty gave the besan coconut barfi her own healthy twist by using flaxseed powder and garnishing the barfi with melon seeds. So, if you're searching for a nutritious dessert recipe which is healthy and diabetic-friendly too - take notes from Shilpa Shetty's fantastic besan barfirecipe!