Spread love and cheer with these special sweets.
Festive goodies, from mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival to logcakes for Christmas, are getting more newfangled and fancy every year. For the upcoming Deepavali celebrations, some Indian restaurants in Singapore are putting a twist on the traditional Indian sweets (called mithai), too.
Traditional flavours are milk- and nut-based, and the sweets come in varieties such as burfi (milk-based sweets), ladoo (flour- and gheebased balls) and jalebi (deep-fried flour batter drenched in syrup). But think mithai with a twist, with creative, modern flavours and ornate packaging.
Here are five places in Singapore to try out some fancy mithai.
Deepavali temptations at Yantra come in the form of an awesome selection of chocolates this year such as masala tea truffle (milk chocolate with infused masala tea ganache), gulkand truffle (dark chocolate with infused rose ganache) and menta (mint flavour with dark and milk chocolate ganache). Prices start at $58+ for 8 pieces.
#01-28 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd, 247933
Carrying on the tradition of celebrating Deepavali by distributing traditional sweets, Punjab Grill marks the festive season with its range of sweets in traditional colourful boxes. Chef special flavors include Alphonso mango & white chocolate, macadamia nuts & saffron swirl roll stuffed with rose petals marmalade, and sugar free dates & figs sweets.
Prices start at $65+ for 18 pieces.
#B1-01A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, 018972
The one-Michelin-starred restaurant continues to get inventive with its mithai flavours (from $69+ for 20 pieces) this year.
One of them is Mandarin orange fused with ginger, saffron and melon seeds. For chocolate fans, there is the dark chocolate, macadamia nut and almond mithai that is lifted by a sprinkle of cardamom.
And inspired by the betel nut leaf, which is usually chewed as a mouth-freshener and digestif, chef Manjunath Mural has combined it with green apples and pistachios.
33 Scotts Rd, 228226
This year’s flavours include coconut barfi (coconut), double date & dried fruits barfi (dates), dilkushar (lentils), pista lauj barfi (pistachio) and gud til gajak (sesame); along with savouries such as pepper-tossed roasted cashew nuts and masala roasted almonds.
Prices start at $68+ for 18 pieces.
Of the eight types of mithai (from $50+ for 15 pieces) at Shahi Maharani, the Coconut Almond ladoo is new. The white spheres are made with almond powder, sugar syrup and coconut flakes, before being dusted with desiccated coconut.
Other popular flavours are Mango Surprise, a blend of white chocolate, milk and mango essence; and Dark Chocolate & Hazelnut Ladoo — a festive take on Ferrero Rocher, with hazelnut powder, sugar syrup and dark chocolate rolled in a ball and coated with crushed hazelnuts.
#03-21B Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd, 179103
By Kenneth Goh, The Straits Times, October 2016 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, October 2019