THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS VOICES BUFFET MAGAZINE PUSHPESH PANT ANAND NEELAKANTAN AMAR BHUSHAN RAVI SHANKAR SHINIE ANTONY OCTOBER 20 2019 Sweets PEOPLE WELLNESS BOOKS FOOD ART & CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT SUNDAY PAGES 12 D I WA L I S P EC I A L Let there be Light TRADITIONAL DIYA BITES Like every year, Shivam Sehgal, owner of The Marketplace, Delhi, will light hundreds of diyas. But this time around, he will be eating them too. Surprised? Shivam’s Chocolate Diyas are a version of chocolate barfi made of mawa, chocolate powder, dry fruits, sugar, rose water, ghee and molten chocolate. There is also the rocket pop, a cake with fondant, besides the tradition-rich dose of syrupy golden jalebis. Included in the buffet as special offerings. Price: `699 onwards @ The Marketplace, Delhi SUPER BOWL Laden with pure ghee, Moong Dal Halwa, a delicacy of Rajasthan, is the newest festive offering at Swad Desh Videsh. Topped with almond and pistachio shavings and served in earthen bowls, it’s a sinful must-have. Price: `255 @ Swad Desh Videsh, Delhi It is the big fat gift and treat time again, and there is a joyful nip in the air. Here is the ultimate guide of indulgence to make people and yourself happy this season of brightness. By AYESHA SINGH ONE OF THEIR FAVOURITE THINGS Amit Bagga Co-founder, Daryaganj The Baileys Kulfi is his latest innovation. The old world synergy of Daryaganj meets a tipsy modern twist on the kulfi drip tray. Says the man, “Drinks and Diwali go hand in hand and while last year there were more of chocolate and liquor infusions, this is the year of indian mithai and alcohol amalgamations.” Price: `229 @ Daryaganj ONE OF THEIR FAVOURITE THINGS Kazem and Christine Samandari Founders, L’Opera WOODY INDULGENCE A crust of wood-fired pizza topped with jalebis oozing their sugary deliciousness—the Jalebi pizza is finished off with almond shavings and sugar dust as an indulgent top-up. Price: `199 @ Friction The Drinkery, Delhi FESTIVE YOGURT >> A new-age spin on a favourite winter snack, Cheeky Chikki Baked Yogurt throws in gajak, chikki and yogurt. Price: `275 @ Maachis, Delhi It’s the sweetest thing they do together every Diwali, enjoying the rich taste of Royal Chocolate. It’s an annual ritual of togetherness which has marked 44 years of marriage. “We have different preferences but our hearts agree on one thing—the Royal Chocolate. Its dark chocolate shell filled with fluffy milk chocolate mousse on a crunchy base is delectable. If you’re in the mood for something non-traditional, give this chocolate a << COOKIE CRAVINGS chance,” says Kazem, adding that a lot of people are swapping These redolent baked herbs in a jar form homemade Rosemary bite-sized cookies. And the best part is that it is sans preservatives. You can ask for a petite, medium or grand jar as per your needs. These munchies have a shelf-life of six months. Price: `290-490 @ Mosbakery.in cakes for mithai, especially families with children. Price: `2,020 onwards @ L’Opera, Delhi MODERN A SWEET HIGH THE CHOCOLATE TREE Sprinkled with pistachio and dried rose petals, this is handcrafted chocolate bark. One can choose a white, milk or dark chocolate as their base in addition to toppings of their choice from the long list of ingredients such as gems, sprinkles, walnuts, raisins, cookies, chocolate chips, hazelnuts... even popcorn. Price: `600 for a box of rose and pistachio @ Cocoabarks (Instagram) SMOKED ECSTASY >> Satisfying, but not too sweet, the Smoked Deconstructed Baklava is made with filo pastry, walnuts, orange blossom, honey syrup and vanilla icecream. Price: `475 @ Ditas, Delhi IT’S A DATE >> These premium chocolatefilled dates come coated with three different types of chocolates, namely Rose Valley, Dark, and Milk & White. Packed in a festive box with a kaleidoscope of colours, the presentation compliments the deliciousness. Price: `1,399-1,799 @ Thedatehouse.com SHUTTERSTOCK.COM The botanically inspired Bijoux Artisanal Chocolates and Confections come in flavours such as cherry blossom, earl grey, lavender, matcha and rose. These handpainted Belgian chocolates are customisable. You can also order boozy flavours such as kahlua, amaretto, old monk, port wine and orange, whiskey, chelada (beer and lime), baileys, raspberry rose champagne, and more. Special packaging is also available. Price: `1,125 per box @ bijoux_ chocolates (Instagram); Contact: 96503 24187 TANDOOR TWIST D iwali defines the brightness of India’s soul. In the social landscape, no other festival exemplifies the union of diversity better than Diwali. And, no, even the nosediving GDP (down to five percent in the first quarter of the fiscal year) has not dampened the festive spirit much. Car sales that were idling on the road until recently have stepped on the gas. The creative industry is being resourceful and getting skill upgrades to revive its cautious markets. Innovations and reinventions are perking up sales figures across segments. The fashion sector, whose wallet wardrobe malfunction this year depressed the shining happy people, is looking at a decent turnover. The luxury goods segment is still in a slump, but the food and beverage industry is more than making up for it. New delights such as edible diyas and champagne chocolates are wooing the palate. Origami splendour and footwear iridescent with Swarovski crystals are the latest attractions on the must-have list this Diwali. Customisation has taken centrestage this October. Personalised fragrances, bespoke sweets and gifts made to order are seducing choosy buyers. In case you are still undecided about what to gift or buy and how to be the ideal host, here is a little bit of everything that will make your Diwali perfectly bright. Tandoori rasgullas did someone say? This new-age originality is crisp and sweet, with a combination of sweet curd, rabri and saffron. Price: `349 @ Imperial Spice, Delhi ONE OF THEIR FAVOURITE THINGS Zorawar Kalra Founder and MD, Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd “Our condensed milk ice cream dipped in berry cream and khus falooda is an insane melange of perfectly concocted flavours meant for Diwali. Fusion desserts became a rage last year and haven’t lost sheen yet. This year too, we give you the Mango Rasgulla, Crispy Nukkad Jalebi and Ras Dates Malai.”
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