They say that every festival must be able to bring smiles to faces across the world. After all, celebrations signify happiness. But the fact of the matter is, there are many in this world who are not privileged enough to even be part of such celebrations. However Mumbai resident Rintu Kalyani Rathod found a way to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in its true spirit in a very unique way.
She makes a Ganpati idol completely made of chocolate and when it is time to bid adieu, she immerses the idol in milk, makes a milkshake and distributes and shares the same with orphans.
Rintu first made the chocolate idol in 2011. The year prior to that, she had prepared an idol made of clay, which was immersed in water and the water was used for plants.
Over the years, she has honed her craft and has been trying to make larger idols so that she can share it with more children. This year, she has used approximately 50kg of chocolate!
Rintu says that it is very tricky to work with chocolate. A certain temperature needs to be maintained, and constant heating in the microwave follows and, if it is not right, then you have to put it in the fridge to cool it down to the right temperature. Also, you have to have the air-conditioner on continuously. It helps maintain hygiene levels because, ultimately, we are going to consume it. That's why she also keeps the windows closed; this ensures that no dust enters the house.
Needless to say, she is doing a noble deed sharing the festive love with countless others who probably need it the most. Kudos to her!
Want to make your very own Chocolate Ganpati? Just follow the simple recipe by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor here.
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