“I miss my mamma’s cake on Christmas!” cries Chelsea Santos, 24 who moved to Udaipur, Rajasthan two years ago. “For us, Christmas is the real deal, but I won’t be able to make it to Mumbai this year again,” she laments. She reminisces the rum cake her mother would bake: “There is something about the patience and love that mamma puts into her Christmas cake. I tried baking one myself last year, but it was a total disaster.”
While Santos won’t be able to make it for Christmas this year, Nikhil Bararia, 24 who moved to Canada two years ago was only able to make it for Diwali this year. Ask him what really made him get onto a flight home, he replies, “maa ke haath ke laddu ek taraf aur dukaan se khareede huye dusri taraf.”
There are many other millennials and young Indians in the same boat as Chelsea and Nikhil, away from home crave for the familiar tastes, especially when festivals come a-knocking.
If you are one of them, then here are websites and e-commerce set-ups that offer sweets, snacks and other regional dishes from different Indian communities. So, the next time you find yourself craving an authentic sweet from your hometown, try giving these a shot:
1. MM Mithaiwala
This Mumbai-based sweet venture, which first opened shop in 1946 as a family catering business, has come a long way. Started by Chandrabhan Nathanlal Gupta, MM Mithaiwala does pan-India delivery of their products ranging from sweets and namkeen to dry fruits and other savouries; all of this while you track your orders online! If you're originally from Mumbai, and have grown up feeding off ice halwa or Mahim halwa, then MM Mithaiwala could be your next best bet. From Mohini ice halwa to Tansen ice halwa, this place is sure to spoil you with choice. They also offer international delivery and gift-wrapping options. They surely know how to take the stress away from your festive gifting ritual.
Order here: http://www.mmmithaiwala.com/
Specialising in regional desserts such as the Pootharekulu from Andhra Pradesh or Til Pitha from Assam, Salebhai is your one-stop destination for times when you miss home Bringing you the best fini from Gangaram Amarchand Halwai in Ajmer to mohanthal from Sukhadia Garbaddas Bapuji in Gujarat, Salebhai is home to almost all your fave regional desi sweets. Taking the Kashmir to Kanyakumari adage to all new heights, Salebhai makes sure you get a bite of your childhood just in time for the festivities. Apart from desi delights, they also offer a bevy of confectioneries such as chocolates, cookies, candies and also cream rolls. Be it Durga Puja or Christmas, the folks at Salebhai are at your disposal all year round.
Order here: https://www.salebhai.com/
3. Delight Foods
Bengaluru-based Delight Foods has a wide selection of sweets, snacks, fine staples, bakery items and more, all promised to be “freshly” delivered at your doorstep, wherever you may be in India. As their website reads, they “cater to both your nostalgia, as well as your desire to explore superior everyday products from authentic origins.” Whether be it a craving for chikki from Maganlal Chikki in Lonavala or rewri from the folks at Ramchandra Sahai Rewri Wale in Meerut, Delight Foods will surely help you satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
Order here: https://www.delightfoods.com/sweets-online.html
Pune-based online aggregator of local sweet shops, Mithai4all offers a wide variety of sweets and snacks for all occasions and festivals. You can choose from traditional sweets such as modaks and halwas to malai, milk and other offbeat ones such as gajak, petha and more. Who knew while sitting in your PJS from the comfort of your home, you could actually be bingeing on besan laddus from Chitale Bandhu in Pune or the Madartha khaja from G. Pulla Reddy Sweets in Hyderabad. From delivering to international destinations such as the US, UK, Canada, Singapore, and Dubai to taking orders for customised corporate gift hampers and parties, they take care of all your needs.
Order here: https://www.mithai4all.com/
5. Almond House
Currently owned by Chaitanya Muppala, Hyderabad-based Almond House’s story began three generations ago, in 1989. The brand retails its sweets, savouries, eggless confectionery items, premium dry fruits, chocolates and biscuits through its website and also on Amazon. Indulge in some of Almond House’s purest sweets made from scratch, in-house, using quality ingredients. If you've spent most of your time in childhood, chances are you've probably grown up on their famous bisticks. You could now get them delivered to your homes at the click of a few buttons!
Order here: https://www.almondhouse.com/
6. Place of Origin
With ‘back-to-roots’ at its core, Place of Origin was founded by Sudarsan Metla Srihari and Ashish Nichani; later acquired by Craftsvilla in 2016. What sets them apart from other e-commerce sites is that “When you buy from us, you support many small family-run businesses somewhere in India.” From chocolates, cakes, fudges and macarons to mithais such as Mysore pak (Bombay Tiffanys Annexe in Mysore), janak mithai, dhodha barfi, Karachi halwa, balushahi (from Kesar Sweets in Jaipur) and sund panjiri (from Pahalwans in Jammu), Place of Origin have scouted through the length and breadth of India to bring to you some really hyper-local treats.
7. Kanti Sweets
The 61-year-old Bengaluru stalwart, Kailash Sweets took to the internet allowing its loyal customers to order online. They highly come recommended around the time of Sankranti, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, Dusshera and Diwali. They specialise in ghee and khoya sweets, Bengali sweets, chocolates, biscuits, snacks, and special festive combo boxes. Besides, their low-sugar variants of traditional sweets such as barfi, kaju katlis, motichoor laddus, pista sticks and jalebis, are ideal for diabetics and health freaks. Besides, if you're craving for some authentic Mysore Pak or rasmalai, make sure to give this site a try!
Order here: https://www.kantisweets.com/
Haldirams is a household name across in India. With an eight decades-old heritage, the brand is the go-to for any Indian festival. Haldiram’s festive combos, sweets, namkeen and cookies that have a “wholesome homemade feel to them” and have a cult following in India and abroad. From anguri and katlis to pinnis and rajbhogs, you can find them all under one roof.
Order here: https://www.haldirams.com/sweets-73.html
9. Kailash Sweets
Started by Kishanchand Gyanchand Ahuja, this Gujarat-based sweet shop’s offerings range from the popular to rare finds such as paaks, indrapuris, kalakands and more. From sweets and namkeen to snacks such as samosas, kachoris and paneer lifafas, Kailash Sweets is on a mission to help you get a taste of home while away from home. Good news, they deliver pan-India!
Order here: https://www.kailashsweets.com/
Big players such as BigBasket, Flipkart, and Amazon too are doing their bit to make sure you don’t miss out on the most crucial part of Indian festivals – food. From delivering Indian sweets at your doorstep, to other regional festive treats such as patholi, khichuri, payesh, kheer and more, Swiggy, Zomato, UberEats and other such food delivery apps too step helping you experience the real deal.