Barfis To Pinnis: Order From The Best Mithai Shops From Across India
We're starting off with a sweet stalwart, an established player in the Indian Sweets segment and this is Mohali's famous Sindhi Sweets. The brand is best known for its kaju katli (barfi) which is soft, moderately sweet and melt-in-mouth. There's a reason it's the preferred sweet of the festive season. We'd also recommend their Chana Badam Laddoos (also available in barfi form) made with pure desi ghee and studded with whole almonds. Their Punjabi Panjeeri Laddoos with the distinct flavour of the chickpea flour (besan) and ghee serves as the perfect sweet ensemble. The sweets are packed well in boxes and containers to avoid any spillage. Read more about the brand here.
Savoury Pairings: You wouldn't really mind the mathis and the dal samosa to go along with your sweets as these are tasty, filling and offer a slightly spicy flavour.
Meethi Reet offers homely handmade sweets that are familiar to the palate. I'm talking about sweets that will pound you with an aroma of ghee yet not take up much real estate in your gut. While the Besan Barfi and Atta Pinni stand atop their wall of fame, it's the crumbly panjiri that sells most. Now if you want a westernised twist to the usual Indian sweets, get their Chocolate Praline Laddoos and their Chocolate Barfi that are fusion sweets you'd want excuses to binge on. Another reason for our love is that they do not compromise on the use of rich and abundant use of nuts.
Did anyone say exotic Mithais? I did, and so did the good folks at Kesar Sweets. They have an exciting range of fusion Indian sweets and even gift boxes for occasions that call for celebration. Travelling to Rajasthan for a tasty ring of ghewar is no more necessary as their moderately sweet and tasty rings of ghewar can reach your doorstep! We also loved their Khajur Oreo Cake that is abundantly sweet, and creamy. More of a barfi person? Try out the brand's Kaju Sweets Combo that has barfis and much more. They have gift combos, savoury options and even dry fruit sets that will set you for whatever occasion lies ahead. The sweets come in a gift pack so it's a great gifting option and it's also easy to present to guests.
Savoury Pairings: Kesar has a stellar range of namkeens. Their mixtures and mathris are desi, packed with spice and beautifully contrasting to their sweets.
Who says Indian Sweets can't be healthy? We certainly don't, especially not when Appetite Food is in business. This brand not only has fusion mithais but also boasts of some fine healthy sweet options such as Mung Bean, Ragi, Oats and Multigrain Laddoos. Not just are many of these gluten-free and natural, they also have a subtle hint of spice to complement the sweet overtones lent by the black jaggery. Their ample use of pure cow ghee ensures the flavour of the sweets linger in your finger tips much after you've consumed them.
Savoury Pairings: For savoury options to pair with their sweets, try their Baked Samosas.
I Say Organic
I Say Organic works with farmers across 13 states in India to make some mouth-watering pinnis. No frills, it's a simple product range consisting of classic Atta and Besan Pinnis, just the way you'd have them at home. These are available in 400g packs (12 laddoos) and we loved how they also have vegan variants of the Atta Pinnis. Get their Matka Besan Laddoos for a festive touch as the clay pot comes wrapped with a ribbon. The packaging isn't over the top as you get a paper box with your sweets within (except the Matka laddoos). The prices vary from INR 330 - INR 600.
Savoury Pairings: We hear their aloo bhujia is a hit so do go for the savoury pairing. The brand also has Spiced Amaranth Nachos and Namak Paras to complement the sweets.