Homemade dough for Ganpati idol

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Ganesh chaturthi is here and it is a time to thank God for everything. It is also the time for Modak and laddoo. It also reminds us of our stay in Mumbai.We fondly remember standing in the queues of Lalbaug cha Raja and various pandals  to thank God for what we have today. These festivals bring up the spirit of Mumbai.As we miss the festival back home,we decided to bring Bappa home. We always wanted to make an Eco friendly Ganpati whenever we decided to do the sthapna.Our idol should be eco-friendly and ensure it does no harm to environment. After all,God is kind enough to give us this beautiful world and its high time we take care of it.Homemade dough for Ganpati Idol is easy to make.You can also use this dough to make different structures as a play activity for toddlers.(Ensure parent supervision always with play dough)

Here is a recipe of dough for our eco-friendly Ganesha.You can follow any youtube tutorial to make the idol.

All ingredients are commonly available at home.We have used edible food colors and cake rainbow sprinkles along with little thread.

Scroll below to read the recipe of Homemade dough for Ganpati idol



Homemade dough for Ganpati Idol
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Homemade dough for Ganpati Idol


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp Cream of Tartar(if you don't have it you may use 6 tbsp apple cider vinegar & reduce water to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Orange (yellow+red)Food colouring
  • Small thread for making the idol crown.


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan(including the food colors)
  2. Stir over low heat for 7-8 minutes, until the mixture binds together.
  3. Allow the mix to cool, knead before use.
  4. Shape the idol by using small parts of the dough and placing it together.You can use any Youtube tutorial to see the method to make the basic idol.
  5. Take some thread and apply it in circular fashion to make the crown.
  6. Use some thread to show the Janeu(It should be placed over left shoulder.)
  7. Place the edible cake rainbow pearls on the idol to symbolize eyes and on hand to symbolize the laddoos.
  8. Decorate the aarti thaal with flowers, fruits & sweets.

!Note: You can use this basic dough recipe to make any structure. Use any color as per your choice. Using edible food colors ensures it is safe to use for toddlers(3+). However,ensure adult supervision when child is playing with dough to avoid any choking.


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Other Ganesh Chaturthi special recipes you can check out while you are here !

Chocolate Modak recipe: http://www.secondrecipe.com/chocolate-modak/
Ukadiche Modak: http://www.secondrecipe.com/ukadiche-modak/
Besan Laddoo: http://www.secondrecipe.com/besan-laddoo/
Rava laddoo: http://www.secondrecipe.com/rava-ladoo/
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