Eco-friendly Ganesha, homemade idol using rice flour. Easy home-made Ganesha idol with modak flour, which can be immersed in a tub of water at home.
Every year , Ganesh pooja falls in the month of Shravan on the 4th day after new moon day. We usually buy fresh clay-idols for the pooja, since i don't get fresh clay idols, i make my Eco-friendly Ganesha idol with rice flour and do the immersion at home in a tub of water and use that water for my plants.
I have never attempted to make my ganesha before, because me and art stand in opposite direction. But seeing many home-made eco-friendly ganesha idols, i too wanted to try one.
How I made my Eco-friendly Ganesha
I have made mine using Rice flour/Kozhukattai maavu/dumpling flour. It is pretty easy to make and all you need is little bit creativity to decorate. Trust me , when me with zero creativity can do a Eco-friendly Ganesha with rice flour and make it look like one, anybody can do it!!!
I named my rice flour Ganesha, The Spice Ganesha. You can say bye to him by dipping him any water body or immerse him in a bucket of water at home, which i normally do and use that water for my plants.
Important to remember
The idol we are making is of rice flour, and is suitable only for 2 days of pooja. Do not try this idol for 5 or 10 days of pooja.
The ingredients for making rice flour idol
- Rice flour, i have used modak flour. you can use any finely ground rice flour for making the Ganesha.
- Spices, i have used cardamom, peppercorns to decorate eyes and jewels of idol.
- Colors, i have used Vermilion and turmeric to color the idol. If you want you can use food colors too.
How to make it
- Make a dough using rice flour and boiling water, detailed instructions given in the Recipe box below.
- When the dough is warm enough to touch, collect and knead the dough into a ball.
- Keep a clean pooja plate to place the Ganesha. Now let us start. Hope the pictures are self-explanatory.
Keep a bowl of water mixed with little oil by your side, Wet your hands whenever you shape a piece of dough, slightly wet dough sticks better.
First we will be making the tummy or the lower-body of the idol. Take an orange-sized dough ball for the tummy of Ganesha, place it on the plate. Place a tooth pick in the center to support the structure.
Shape the dough ball to look like a leaf. I flatten them first and pinch one of the corners together to look like a leaf.
Insert the ear-shape into the tooth picks placed by the head-side to support them. This part might be a little tricky, as the shapes are bit odd to insert into the tooth pick.
I wanted the idol to look like it is seated with one leg crossed and another kept like a mountain. So, i placed right leg of the idol to look like a mountain and the left leg like he sitting crossed.
Now let us make the crown for the idol. Take a small lemon-sized dough ball and shape it into a cone shape and place it on the head of the idol.
Now for the hands, take 2 small marble-sized dough balls and flatten them to look like open palms. shape on ball like a spoon for the left-hand of Ganeshaand other like a spoon turned other way for right hand.
Place 4-5 small balls of dough on the left hand, to look like he is holding modagams.
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Ganesh Chathurthi Offerings
Here is a detailed collection of Pooja offerings for Vinayagar Chathurthi celebrations. The prime offering is Kozhukattai, appam, sundal and vadai.
- Coconut Modagam
- Sweet potato & chana dal modagam
- Ellu kozhukattai | Sesame seed sweet filling
- Urad dal kozhukattai | savory kozhukattai
- Ammini kozhukattai
- Ragi ammini kozhukatta
Sundal & Vadai Varieties
Payasam | Kheer & Appam Recipes
- Aval | Poha Payasam
- Semiya payasam
- Carrot Payasam
- Carrot & Moong dal Kheer
- Jackfruit appam
- Instant appam
Eco-friendly Ganesha using rice flour
- ½cup Rice flour1cup of Water1tbsp of oilAbit of patience and ½ an hour time.2or 3 tooth picks for support Fordecorationfewcardamom pods for tusks, crown and earringspeppercornsfor eyesVermilionor Red food colorTurmericor Yellow food color
- ½ cup Rice flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon oil any vegetable oil
- Bit of patience
- Tooth-picks for support
- few cardamom pods
- peppercorns for eyes
- Vermilion ,turmeric powder or any food colors
- Boil water in pan, take flour in a large bowl. Add oil to the boiling water, take it off the stove and pour it over the flour, stir well using a wooden ladle. All the flour and wter should be well mixed. Keep it covered for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, when it is warm enough to touch, collect and knead the dough into a ball. Take a clean pooja plate to place the Ganesha. Now let us start. Hope the pictures are self-explanatory.