L-R: Mithai offerings from Saugaat & Gurchini
If you can’t meet your loved ones this Diwali, there’s no better way to celebrate the season than by sending over a box of good ol’ Indian mithai. While you probably have your local halwai shop on speed dial by now, we suggest mixing it up a bit with these mithaiwalas who are truly innovating in terms of offering. While some add influences of French pâtisserie, others are working to refine the classics, making them more exciting than they were before. What better way to go vocal for local than by putting your money where your mithai is?
9 luxury mithai makers to order from this Diwali
If you’re looking for Indian mithai that feels luxurious, sample Khoya’s range of artisanal Indian sweets. Made with fresh, organic ingredients, Khoya takes the essence of desi treats and finesses it. There are no twists and takes here: it’s simply classic Indian mithai. While you can order a box of kesar peda, besan laddoos and milkcake, you can also choose from the gift hampers that include mithai, kesar paan supari, a jasmine candle and a box of meetha paan incense sticks. Starts from Rs1,450; delivers across India. Order here
Multi-faceted businesspeople, founders Neha Lakhani and Akshay Dhopatkar are chefs, consultants and entrepreneurs whose combined educational background include a diploma from Le Cordon Bleu and an MBA from the University of Wales. If you’re looking for traditional Indian mithai, this isn’t it. Instead, Arq specialises in Indian sweets inspired by techniques of French pâtisserie. Think Besan Truffle (besan laddoo with a dark Belgian chocolate truffle filling), Caramel Pedha (Mathura ka peda with a dulce de leche centre) and Banoffee Ladoo. If you want to spice things up this Diwali, you can also pick the savoury boxes that feature preservative-free Indian namkeen such as chirota, namak para, gur dani and more. Mithai boxes from Rs600; delivers in Delhi-NCR only. Order here
A vertical of Delhi-based catering company Le Chaat Factory, Gurchini shot to fame last year when it supplied its famous laddoo made of Italian pista and gold varq (priced at Rs1,000 apiece) for the Akash Ambani-Shloka Mehta wedding. While you may not have the same extravagant plans, Gurchini’s mithais will hit that sweet spot when it comes to healthy Diwali goodies. Using stevia, honey, dates and jaggery as natural sweeteners, traditionally sugary treats such as motichoor laddoos, ghewar and barfi can be enjoyed by all, without worrying too much about the calories. Starts from Rs800; delivers across India.Order here
Bombay Sweet Shop
Staying on brand, this establishment from the stables of The Bombay Canteen and O Pedro champions Indian recipes and flavours, albeit with a twist. Pick from the range of hampers on offer: The Badi Diwali Box includes a box of 18 assorted Diwali mithai, chocolate butterscotch barks, Indian gummies and the Everything Chikki Bar; the Teen Patti Bag comprises mithai, mixed nuts, bhakarwadi, chakli and even specially designed playing cards, among other things. Starts from Rs2,500; delivers across Mumbai. Pre-order here
A self-proclaimed mithai boutique, this Jaipur-based sweet shop specialises in a range of luxury Indian sweets such as Bengali sweets and ghewar. It also offers a variety of fusion sweets (Ferrero Rocher Ladoo, anyone?), mithai cakes and Middle-Eastern delights like baklava and bateels. With a doctorate in naturopathy and yoga, Kesar co-founder Divya Arora channels her educational background into her professional creativity, while inventing new lines for the sweetmeats business. Delivers across India. Call 98280 59033 to order. Details here
Raise a toast to the New Year with offbeat Diwali offerings from Nihira. Pick from whisky and Champagne ladoos, cheesecake barfi, cinnamon shakkar pare, cranberry panjiri and more. Mother-daughter duo Shubha and Arshya Aggarwal help customise unique gifting options for the festive season as well as special occasions. Starts from Rs200; delivers across India. Text +91 70428 49182 to place an order.
In a sea of mithai gifts, how does one truly stand out? Iktara’s gorgeous mithai thalis feature mouth-watering treats that come packed in a gorgeous kansa thali by Studio Coppre. Support two local businesses with one order! As easy as… kaju katli! Mithai boxes from Rs775; thalis from Rs 4,400; delivers across Mumbai and Pune and to Alibaug. Order here
After building Bikanervala, a popular food brand focusing on Indian mithai and namkeen for more than 70 years, the family has now branched out to create a more premium brand with Saugaat. Tying up with chef consultant Sahil Mehta, founder Renuka Aggarwal has curated a line of confectioneries that are international by design but Indian at heart. There’s the Lait Croquer, a combination of French wafer and doda churned with Turkish hazelnut; the Orange Noir is a decadent amalgam of chocolate and orange; the Cherimoya Mawa brings unusual ingredients such as custard apple and khoya together. Text +91 78880 00001 to order. Details here
This food startup may have had its beginnings in a humble home kitchen, but their plans are grand, to say the least. Catering to that segment of busy, overworked professionals who don’t have time to customise their festive hampers, Berfila aims to be a one-stop solution for gifting needs. Their speciality, of course, is Indian sweets that include sophisticated coconut barfis, modaks, milkcake, pinni, peda and other treats. Starts from Rs599 for six pieces; delivers across India. Order here