All about “sweets” and my sweet tooth!
In the Indian scenario, desserts ( to those inclined towards western cuisine) are just “sweets”. But unlike the connotation of desserts which normally follows the main course and is therefore had at the end of the meal, Indian sweets can be had at all times of the day, before, during, after and in between “meals”.
Most of my friends know that I have a sweet tooth ( shouldn’t that be sweet tongue?); and friends display their love and affection by bringing in different varieties of sweets whenever they return from India. Apart from consuming and sharing, I haven’t bothered to write about these.
But in the last one week, when I received three boxes of sweets, each of which had a unique story, I thought that I must share some quaint details about these fabulous tasting delicacies.
The first box of ” Dry Jamuns” came from a friend, who returned from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. These came from the famous Murari Sweets Store. According to the website, this was started by Murari Lal Sait who belonged to a small town of Khurja in western Uttar Pradesh. His grandson Arun Kumar now continues the tradition of making high quality sweets out of passion to bring north Indian sweets and delicacies to the temple town of Kumbakonam.
Over the years the sweet shop has gained reputation for its quality and unchanged taste not only in Kumbakonam but also in entire Tamilnadu.
The second box came from a friend who returned from Dharwar in Karnataka and he brought for me the famous Dharwar Peda. There are numerous Peda stores dotting Line Bazaar, but there is only one Babusingh Thakur Peda Shop! Started by a migrant from Uttar Pradesh in the year and popularised by his grand son, the sixth generation of the family is presently running this show!
The third box came from another friend from Gurugram, and the makers of this special Dhoda sweet are Om Sweets, whose quality and distinctive sweets have been making waves. And while it is impossible for me to describe how much I enjoyed the taste of these sweets, I can at least show you photos of the boxes and what remains of their contents!!