The canteen located in the basement of the Šri Mahã Vallabha Ganapati Devasthãnam, more commonly known as the Ganesh Temple, is one of my favorite non-Chinese haunts in Flushing. I’m especially fond of turning tour groups on to the 2-foot long paper dosa. In addition to many varieties of the rice and lentil crepes there is an abbreviated selection of snacks and sweets. The other day I tried a ladoo. Slightly smaller than a handball the golden hued treat is made from chickpea flour, and is the elephant-headed god’s favorite mithai.
On the day I scored my ladoo, the folks at the canteen were churning out dozens. The golden orb was shot through with almonds, cashews, and golden raisins. Like many methi, it was incredibly sweet, practically crunchy with sugar. The ladoo was unique in its use of aromatic spices like whole cardamom pods and cloves. It proved to be a lovely pick-me-up with a cup of coffee.
Ganesh Temple Canteen, 45-57 Bowne St., Flushing, 718-460-8484