What’s a festival without sweets? With Diwali approaching, sweet shops in Hyderabad are dishing out exclusive delights to cater to our varied tastes.
The air around these shops is filled with the tantalizing aroma of pure ghee and the phones are busy with calls for bulk orders. After all, sweets are exchanged between families and friends as a sign of goodwill and love. They are also an integral part of the Lakshmi-Ganesh puja that marks Diwali. MetroMela treks through Hyderabad and brings to you the best sweet shopping destinations.
Pulla Reddy Sweets (Begumpet, Abids, Karkhana etc)
: The brand that saw Hyderabad maturing into a metropolitan city, G Pulla Reddy Sweets is a shop where the sweet delights are essentially made of pure ghee and loaded with nuts. Pure and milky rich sweets here are available in a wide variety. Famous for its Andhra specialties, best buys here include mysore pak (Rs. 280 a kg), badam roll (Rs. 800), dry fruit laddoo (Rs. 520) and dry fruit katli (Rs. 560). In addition to the melt-in-your-mouth mithai, G Pulla Reddy also has attractive assortments of dry fruits.
Dadu's Mithai Vatika (MG Road, Himayatnagar)
: Here is a sweet shop in Hyderabad that has taken the concept of sweet gifting to an altogether new level. While kaju pakam (Rs. 840), dry fruit paan (Rs. 840) and chocolate bite and rose bite (Rs. 810) are perennial best sellers, a smart innovation this Diwali is the customized gift packages (Rs. 750 onwards). Halwa, barfi, laddoos and more are generously sprinkled with dry fruits and silver varak. These packaged sweets are a treat to see and savor. Dadu’s also has Diwali Platinum packs (Rs. 70 onwards) which include varying proportions of mithai such as barfi, laddoo and katli.
Almond House (Himayatnagar, Banjara Hills)
: With Almond House, the advantage is the wide variety and the unique gift packaging trays (Rs. 200 to Rs. 500) it offers. The famous Almond House motichoor laddoo (Rs. 260 per kg) and kaju katli (Rs. 500 per kg) are perhaps the best Diwali gifting options in Hyderabad. Rasmalai packs, kaju pista roll (Rs.650) and pan petha are some other gifting options. The assorted mithai boxes and attractively packaged almond bistix (a sweet, longish almond cookie) come across as economical buys.
Karachi Bakery (Abids, Banjara Hills)
: Famous for its cakes and biscuits in Hyderabad, Karachi Bakery has this time come up with handmade chocolates. Each little chocolate piece has a creamy center and is colored using imported Belgian food coloring. Flavors include the usual nuts, coffee and liquor in addition to some newer ones such as lemon and berry. Karachi Bakery has also set up a live chocolate counter, especially for Diwali so that you can get the sweet savories made as per your choice. Sugar free variants of chocolates are also available for the calorie conscious.
Cookie Man (Prasad’s Imax, Shopper’s Stop, Hyderabad Central, GVK Mall)
: If you want to wish Diwali to your friends in a stylishly contemporary manner, head to Cookie Man in Hyderabad. Available in premium and special Diwali range, Cookie Man gift packages are assortments of the scrumptious super-duper, chocolate-dipped, cream filled and other specialty variety of cookies. You can choose between a variety of over 50 freshly baked cookies (Rs. 25 per piece onwards) made with the finest quality ingredients. Available in a range of gourmet flavors, a few of the fast selling varieties here include choc chunk cashew, double choc chip and sticky date supreme. Soft yet refreshingly crisp, Cookie Man cookies have relatively longer shelf life.
With so many choices available within Hyderabad, it is the best time to indulge your sensibilities and satisfy your sweet tooth. Here’s wishing you a yummy Diwali!
By N Arora