These Pune-Based Producers Make The Best Gourmet Jams, Spreads & More Starting At INR 89

Divya posted on 28 August

Ten-Second Takeaway

What is a piece of toast without jam, a parantha without pickle, pasta without sauce, or a salad without dressing? Bland and boring, amirite? Here are 5 of Pune’s best makers for jams, spreads, sauces, dressings, and more.

Ilka's - Homemade Jams

A combination of homesickness and fond memories of growing up on a farm led Ilka to start experimenting with jams. Inspired by traditional German recipes and her love for India, she started making her own flavour combinations. Adventure {organic strawberry with ginger and cinnamon}, Paradise Lost {naturally grown alphonso mango with pineapple, coconut} and Forest Whisper {Indian raspberry with organic strawberry, natural vanilla bean} are among our favourites. Packed with 70% real {seasonal} fruit, organic khandsari sugar, with absolutely NO preservatives, artificial flavours or added colours, Ilka’s jams are absolutely delicious. Her ultimate goal is to go all-organic, keeping her jams as sustainable and locally sourced as possible. The jams go great with anything edible – from yogurt and cheese, to biscuits and cake; and make great wedding/birthday favours, too. Ilka’s jams are available in 100ml and 250ml jars, priced between INR 180 and INR 300 respectively. You can find them at several popular Cafes and stores around Pune, from Koregaon Park to Aundh. #LBBTip: Keep an eye on her social media feeds, {Facebook & Instagram} for her German breakfast events and other pop-ups!

K's Kitchen

K’s Kitchen is a gourmet food company; the brainchild of renowned food writer/gourmet guru Karen Anand’s sons Param and Sasha Anand. Having worked on the highly successful franchise of ‘Markets by Karen Anand’ among their other achievements, you can trust that this is the good stuff.
K’s Kitchen makes a selection of sugar-free jams, a variety of sauces from schezwan to harissa {and of course plenty of pasta sauces}, fruit conserves, delicious sandwich spreads, salad dressings, dips, and flavoured mustards {to name a few}.

Each product is made from carefully selected ingredients, is 100% vegetarian, and used no artificial colours or flavours. Priced between INR 120 – INR 175, you can find these jars on shelves at local supermarkets in Pune, as well as online.

Baked - Handcrafted with Love

For your most indulgent moments, try Kriti Marwah’s salted caramel sauce, and chocolate fudge sauce. We think they’d be insanely good, drizzled over a warm brownie, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream {maybe even both}. If you’re feeling more expreimental, and would like a healthier option – try the chocolate hummus. It may sound like the weirdest combination ever, but we hear it’s pleasant to taste and preferred by the diet-conscious. Encouraged by her family and friends, Kriti’s home-baking hobby snowballed into the venture that is now ‘Baked’. Each 150-200ml jar is priced at INR 150, and you can order via social media {Facebook & Instagram} or over the phone. Since  her kitchen is based in Kalyani Nagar, delivery is only possible to nearby areas and at the most, Camp. You can also collect them from her directly after placing the order. #LBBTip: She also takes orders for brownies, cakes, and her best-selling cookie dough jars. For Ganapati celebrations, she’s making cookie dough modaks, too!

Landmark Garden, D-1/102, Next To Bishop School, Kalyani Nagar, Pune

Green Tokri

Supplying the freshest leafy greens, herbs, and veggies to Pune since 2001, Green Tokri are more than just green grocers. Their sun-dried tomato pesto, Belgian Samurai mayonnaise, pickled jalapeños, peanut butter, and mustard dressing, among their range of pickles, salad dressings, and heat-and-eat sauces {all priced between INR 89 – INR 265} can turn any home-made meal into a gourmet feast.

Simple, fresh, and delicious. You can register with them for home-delivery once a week, or pick up their products from retail outlets and supermarkets across Pune. 

Food Stores

Gurudev Building, 21/2/1, Shop 1- 4, Near Christ The King Church, Sainikwadi, Vadgaon Sheri, Pune

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Amoeba's Homemade Pickles

Don’t be dissuaded by the name – Amoeba’s is a home and lifestyle brand that specialises in clothing for kids, as well as homemade achaars. Using 80% of ingredients from their own farms, no artificial preservatives, and age-old family recipes, their pickles are intensely flavourful and nostalgia-inducing.

Their selection of 9 pickles includes two kinds of chili {tangy green and Maharashtrian red}, natural karela, sprouted methi seeds, homemade mahani root, Hyderabadi mango, homemade black lemon, tomato chutney and a special dry fruits pickle. Tantalise your tastebuds with a jar or two – priced between INR 180 – INR 220 for 250ml.

Pashmin of Amoeba’s tells us that a jar should last between 4-5 months without refrigeration, or upto 1 year with refrigeration – provided you don’t leave it unopened or contaminated. Get yourself a jar or two from their store in Aundh, or buy them online here.