If Ganesh Chaturthi is around, can modaks be far behind? The most popular sweets of the season will never be replaced but there are modern versions of the dumplings and even alternate ideas that are now being entertained. We picked out new sweets that will make your loved ones weep with joy this year. From exotic chocolates to candied dates, there’s a lot to explore in terms of sweets this Ganpati.
L’Eclair Studio, headed by chef Sandhya Seshadri is a one-of-a-kind eclair studio in the heart of Mumbai. Made with pure chocolate, authentic ingredients, and offbeat flavours, they are a great addition to any dessert table. This season, the studio has come up with a Ganpati special, the Coconut Puran Modak, a tart made out of rice flour with coconut and jaggery Puran filling. Topped with coconut and white chocolate mousse, piped in shape of a modak, this is one dessert that will set you apart this year.
Priced at Rs 200/piece for a box of 5.
Luxury chocolates from all over the world are now at our doorstep and Provenance, the newest gourmet boutique and gifting destination showcases a one of its kind Chocolate Vault with a unique collection, thoughtfully chosen from different parts of the world. There’s Coco from Scotland, Dolfin from Belgium, Maxim’s from Paris, Royce’ from Japan and more – all you need to do is to find your own flavour. This season, the store has curated a few interesting tidbits – a book box, a curated hamper of Lavender Honey, Cocoa Dusted Hazelnuts, Cashew Pralines, Strawberry Balsamic Preserve, priced at Rs 1,789; Maxim’s Crepe Dentelle, a pack of 18 French lace crepes covered with dark chocolate priced at Rs 795 per box; ROYCE’ Nama chocolates in Mild Cacao, Ghana Bitter, Ecuador Sweet, Mild White, Caraméliser at Rs 1295 each; and Dolfin Chocolate Bars in assorted flavoured Bars from Belgium that come with fruits, spices, herbs, flowers and surprising blends at Rs 495 each.
Dates as dessert? Bring it on. This season, it’s all about taking your taste buds on a journey around the world and date desserts seem like a welcome addition to your sweet box. Bateel, an international label known for its finest premium dates, luxury gifting, and exquisite gourmet products brings some unique ideas to the table – there is the Kholas with Caramelized Macadamia, dates filled with orange peel, the traditional medjool dates, Roasted almond dates, candied lemon peel dates – even those filled with pistachios, pecans and ginger – a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. Prices start at Rs 1,200.
Bonbons for Ganesh Chathurthi? These beautiful, colourful chocolates made by Mylk Chocolates by a Le Cordon Bleu dessert chef are definitely Instagram-friendly. Created with the best chocolate sourced from France and Belgium, the label makes exquisite bonbons, truffles, almond rocks, and bars that can be customised in any flavour and colour scheme. This festive season, they have come with ‘Disguised Modaks’ – bonbons shaped like modaks in amazing flavours like Sea Salt Caramel, Almond Praline, and Peppermint.
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Others: Gourmet Modaks by Arq Mithai & Khoya
First up are the modals themselves but reincarnated to suit modern needs. At Arq Mithai, we saw Pista, Paan, Mathura, and Saffron while Khoya, the sweet label has a good range of kesar-filled modals and pink motichoor laddoos.