The most significant holiday in the Hindu calendar, Diwali is celebrated over five days each autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere, a commemoration of good overcoming evil. Light is the symbol of Diwali, with flickering candles and bright lamps shining inside and outside houses, buildings and temples wherever the holiday is observed. It’s a beautiful, unforgettable sight to see house after house aglow with light. This year, Diwali will begin this Sunday, 30 October.
As with most holidays around the globe, food plays a prime role in Diwali festivities, with mithai (sweets) taking centre stage. Typically made with dried fruits and nuts, seeds, evaporated milk and clarified butter, they are bursts of pure sweetness heady with the perfume of spices and flavourings such as cinnamon, saffron, rose water and cardamom.
In Hong Kong, our pick of Diwali mithai come courtesy of renowned Indian restaurant Jashan’s gift packages, with prices ranging from $200 for the two deluxe sweet pack options (A: coconut burfi, anjeer burfi and kaju katli; B: motichoor ladoo) to $300/$350 for the premium corporate sweet pack offerings (A: kaju katli, anjeer burfi, dodha burfi, khoya roll; B: anjeer burfi). In addition to using traditional ingredients such as almonds, cashews, pistachios and coconut, Jashan have also included delicious variations with raisins, chocolate chips and marzipan.
Dodha burfi, khoya roll, anjeer burfi, kaju katli (Premium Corporate Sweet Pack A: $300)
Anjeer burfi (Premium Corporate Sweet Pack B: $350)
A box of Jashan’s anjeer burfi didn’t last long in Foodie’s office – we gobbled down these rich, dense beauties loaded with dates, figs and mixed nuts.
To place an order, phone 9201 4775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with at least four days advance notice.
Jashan, 1/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, 3105 5300/3105 5311