No festivities in India are complete without a table groaning under an assortment of sweets. And while we love our traditional staples like gulab jamun, ras malai and the likes, there’s so much more out there for those looking for something that’s a little unexpected.
Reinvented Indian sweets, healthier substitutes, and fun, non-traditional treats—our dessert directory has options for every kind of soirée you’re hosting or attending this festive season.
Saugaat by Bikanervala
If you’re looking for elevated riffs on your favourites, Saugaat has a host of options, including but not limited to—Garbanzo Croquer (besan laddoo with a French twist), Cashew Bonbon (a cashew-based peda laced with salted caramel), and Lemon de Leche (a sweet-and-tangy mawa-based confection).
Delivers across India. Order at: Saugaat.co.in
Hatti & Giraffe
For the dyed-in-the-wool traditionalists, Hatti & Giraffe offer grandma-style treats packaged in reusable tin containers. We love the Anjeer Pedha, Konkani Coconut Wadi and the Anti-Dessert Laadu, which, incidentally, also make for great party favours.
Delivers across India. Order at: Hattiandgiraffe.com
The vegans on your guest list don’t need to feel left out. Yogisattva has an assortment of Indian sweets on offer for those with dietary restrictions, including a Badam Peda, Kaju Katli and even dairy-free Malai Peda and Kulfis.
Delivers across India. Order at: Yogisattva.com
Nihira offers laddoos in unique boozy flavours, including Whisky, Gin and Cranberry, and Pina Colada. For those looking for sober options, they have Tiramisu and Cheesecake barfis, a variety of pedas, and more.
Delivers across India. Contact: +91 70428 49182
In a mood for some nostalgia? Gur Chini offers a Bournvita Burfi and an Aam Papad Laddoo that are sure to trigger some sweet childhood memories. Other delicious treats on offer include a Pink Coconut Laddoo, Kesariya Peda, Paan Peda and Badam Laddoo.
Delivers across India. Order at: Gurchini.com
If your sweet tooth seeks chocolate more than kalakand, Ether’s Diwali 2022 edition has a perfect option. The Fudge Sticks feature toasted Goan cashews, coconut water, and sea salt, all enrobed in rich chocolate. Their Diwali Grand Boîte, a stunning box with 16 chocolates, also makes for the perfect hostess gift.
Delivers across India. Order at: Etherchocolate.com