Raksha Bandhan is that sooner or later of the 12 months when you’ll be able to bully your brothers into supplying you with items, token cash and fulfilling all of your whims. However with the present Covid-19 disaster, assembly siblings and prolonged household for the pageant won’t be a chance for a lot of. Owing to the brand new regular, many mithai retailers, dwelling bakers and patisseries are providing pan-India supply companies of their signature edible rakhis. Sure, you learn that proper — edible rakhis which might be each bit scrumptious.
Delhi-based dwelling baker Ravijot Kaur who runs her companies by the title of The Drippin Goodies has been making goodies and truffles since 2015 and determined to present Rakhi a chocolatey twist. “Most individuals take away rakhis the identical day, so as an alternative of a thread that’s stored apart, I considered making one thing that may be eaten,” she says. She takes orders for custom-made rakhis and all her rakhis are priced between ₹150-₹250 per piece. “Rose and paan flavoured chocolate rakhis are most in demand. They final for as much as seven months and could be saved at room temperature,” she provides. Given the pandemic, she normally drops off the orders herself, or requests the shoppers to gather it from a metro station which is handy to each events.
Ravijot Kaur of The Drippin Goodies makes customised rakhis in flavours like rose and paan.
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The present disaster comes with its limitations and most dwelling bakers have needed to follow fundamentals. “Procuring uncooked supplies has been a bit tough attributable to lockdowns, so I’m solely providing eggless vanilla cookie rakhis this 12 months,” says Delhi-based Priyanka Sambi of Pink Cloud Truffles & Co. She has tied up with supply companions, and likewise gives doorstep pick-up from her home in case anybody needs to personally accumulate their parcel from her. One eggless vanilla cookie rakhi is priced at ₹180 and comes with customization choices.
Priyanka Sambi of Pink Cloud Truffles & Co makes eggless vanilla cookie rakhis.
Whereas goodies and cookies are in demand, conventional mithai-based rakhis have their very own fan base. Neelam Saini, of Mumbai-based Decorative Mithai, says, “Raksha Bandhan is all about sending feelings. We’ve taken flavours like pistachio with coconut and mango, which is a summer season flavour. We even have rakhis in gulkand and paan flavours.” They’re delivering internationally as properly. “All our packages are vacuum sealed and sanitized. Our cooks have gone for checks and we solely take pre-orders,” she says. The rakhis have a shelf lifetime of seven days. The value of the rakhis begins at ₹325 a field, and hampers go as much as ₹2,800 as per the finances.
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Rusheel Dadu, of Dadu’s Candy in Pune, says, “On festivals like Raksha Bandhan, when sweets are exchanged, we considered combining the 2 concepts. Our rakhis are conventional in design and made with dry fruits,” he says, including that these edible rakhis have a shelf lifetime of seven days. Their rakhis are priced between ₹50-₹250.
Dadu’s Candy in Pune makes edible rakhis in conventional flavours utilizing dry fruits.
Including a wholesome twist to edible rakhis is Prayagraj-based dwelling chef Ruhi Agrawal of Date with Meals, who makes rakhis with dates, sunflower seeds and melon seeds. “There is no such thing as a added sugar in my rakhis. One in every of my bestsellers is the walnut and apricot rakhi, whereas children love the chocolate chip flavour,” she says. Security measures in place, Ruhi has tied up with third get together companions for deliveries throughout India. “I guarantee a two-fold packing for my merchandise and connect a small bottle of sanitizer and masks within the package deal. There is no such thing as a labour concerned and I make all of the orders myself,” she says. The rakhis are priced at ₹70 and final for 45-60 days.
Prayagraj-based dwelling chef Ruhi Agrawal of Date with Meals makes wholesome rakhis with dates, sunflower seeds and melon seeds.
Mumbai-based chef Nupur Verma of The Picket Spoon, has noticed that persons are demanding extra of packaged merchandise with a view to guarantee security. “With the present state of affairs, there was a rise in demand of jars and different packaged merchandise. I haven’t opened my workshop and have been making orders at dwelling. All my employees is in-house and no person is allowed from exterior,” she says. Her bestsellers are chocolate and cookie rakhis with royal icing and are priced between ₹75-₹125.
Nupur Verma of The Picket Spoon makes personalised rakhis with edible print.
There are some who launched edible rakhis final 12 months, however wouldn’t be capable of proceed it this 12 months, owing to the restrictions. Nayantara Thomas, of Parisserie in Mumbai, says that the edible rakhi they made final 12 months acquired nice response, however it isn’t one thing she can be doing this 12 months. “Every petal was handmade and we made separate fillings with caramel and hazelnut. We didn’t wish to make an edible product which could are available contact at numerous phases,” she says.
Nayantara Thomas of Mumbai-based Parisserie won’t be delivering her signature Belgian chocolate edible rakhi this 12 months owing to the pandemic.
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