Suggestions of Foods for Pancha Ganapati | Western Foods for a Hindu Festival

Pancha Ganapati | Food Suggestions | Hindu Festival | Vegetarian Recipes


December features a 5 day festival for Ganesha, called Pancha Ganapati, which is a modern Hindu festival that coincides with Xmas. It presents a beautiful daily practice for 5 days centred around the five faced Ganesha (Pancha Ganapati) that focuses the heart and mind on the importance of those around you and a Hindu lifestyle. This festival has been adopted by many around the world, not only Hindus but also others who are looking for an alternative way to celebrate xmas.

This year, after the fact, I thought about foods that might be appropriate for Pancha Ganapati. I have made some suggestions below based on fruits and vegetables that have been coordinated to the colour of the day in a similar way to other festivals that have adopted similar practices. Because it is Summer here in December, many of them have a summer feel but I have included others that are winter or can be adapted for Wintery climates.

I would also love to hear from you if you have particular suggestions! Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Pancha Ganapati | Food Suggestions | Hindu Festival | Vegetarian Recipes

Read more about Pancha Ganapati

You can read about the festival in more detail here.

Each day a tray of sweets, fruits and incense is prepared and offered to Lord Ganapati, ideally by the children. Chants and songs are sung in His praise. After the worship, diverse sweets are shared by one and all. Each day colorfully wrapped gifts are given to the children, who place them before Pancha Ganapati to open on the fifth day. The adults receive gifts, too! On each day one of the five faces of Pancha Ganapati is worshiped.

I don’t make a lot of sweets myself, so I have not included many in the post below, but please do make suggestions! The dishes below would be perfect for lunch or dinner.

Pancha Ganapati | Food Suggestions | Hindu Festival | Vegetarian Recipes

Day 1: December 21, Yellow

On this day, the family discipline is to create a vibration of love and harmony among all members. Rising early, they decorate the shrine, then perform a grand puja invoking Ganesha’s blessings. Sitting together, they make amends for past misdeeds, insults, mental pain and injuries caused and suffered. They conclude by extolling one another’s best qualities.

Suggested Foods: Lemons, pineapples, yellow peppers, banana, mango, sweet corn and grapefruit.

Sweetcorn could be a good choice for Day 1:

A BBQ Meal: Grilled Vegetables with Haloumi


Yoghurt Curry

and perhaps bananas for dessert.


Day 2: December 22, Blue

Day two is devoted to creating or restoring a vibration of love and harmony among neighbors, relatives and close friends. This is done by presenting heartfelt gifts and offering apologies to clear up any ill-will that may exist. Relatives and friends in far-off places are written to or called, forgiveness is sought, apologies made and tensions released.

Blue is a difficult day for food. Do you have any suggestions? I guess these foods are more purple than blue.

Suggested Foods: Blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, figs, plums, raisins, purple grapes and purple cabbage.

Eggplant suggestions include:

Fragrant Eggplant

Perhaps blueberries for dessert:

Shrikant recipe

Day 3: December 23, Red

Today’s discipline is to establish love and harmony among business associates and the public. It is the day for presenting gifts to fellow workers and customers and to honor employers and employees with gifts and appreciation. It is a time for settling all debts and disputes.

Suggested Foods: Tomatoes, watermelon, beets, and red bell peppers. Fruits like pomegranate,strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and cherries.

Beetroot is a great choice for red, and you could feature it for both savoury and sweet dishes:

Raw Beetroot and Carrot Salad

Or for the Red OR Green Day:

Green Olive, Walnut and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

Tomatoes and Red Peppers would be other great choices. For example, this great salad:


or some other suggestions:

Hot Tomato Salad, from the BBQ

or even soups

For dessert, cherries are abundant at this time of year, but we choose perhaps beetroot or strawberries:

Beetroot Halwa

Or perhaps just strawberries and chocolate:

and chocolates

What about Watermelon?

Day 4: December 24, Green

The spiritual discipline of day four is to draw forth the vibration of joy and harmony that comes from music, art, drama and dance. Family, relatives and friends gather before Ganesha to share their artistic gifts, discuss Hindu Dharma and make plans to bring more cultural refinements into the home.

Suggested food: kale, broccoli, spinach, green beans, avocado, celery, lettuce, watercress, cucumber, broccoli, sprouts, green beans, peas, green apples, green grapes and kiwi fruit.

For Green I have chosen Avocado:

Avarakkai Beans

or Green Beans:

Bean Paruppu Usili

or, for plenty of choice, cucumbers

Cucumber Salad Recipe

Spinach would be a good choice too.

And dessert can feature green apples or green pears:

Baked Apples with Star Anise

Day 5: December 25, Orange

The discipline for this day is to bring forth love and harmony that comes from charity and religiousness. As the gifts are opened, one and all experience Ganesha’s abundant, loving presence filling their home and hearts, inspiring them anew for the coming year.

Suggested foods: Carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, apricots, peaches, mangoes, orange peppers, pumpkin and oranges.

What is better than carrots for the 5th day, where the colour is orange?

carrot sambal recipe

or perhaps oranges?

Haloumi and Orange Salad | A Life (time) of Cooking | Salad Recipes

and then apricots and oranges for dessert:

Baked Apricots with Honey and Orange | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Breakfast or Dessert | Recipes | Vegetarian