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Time Out urges you to stock up for the festive season
diwali, snacks, chaklis, chivda, karanjis, panshikar, aaple dukaan, vile parle

If you want to lay out the best Diwali spread, you need to work fast. The earlier you stock the snack jars at home, the more peaceful the process is likely to be. You could jostle through the crazed crowds closer to D-Day, but the chaos is a given, and the more popular stores often run out of their quota of chaklis and chivda. We recommend you book in advance to avoid the last-minute rush. Stores have already begun accepting orders.

For karanjis – crescent-shaped parcels of coconut – you could always go to old favourites like Panshikar, but there is also the tiny, unassuming Aaple Dukaan store in Vile Parle that is big on taste. The karanji fillings are made of grated sukka-naaral (dry coconut) or olaa-naaral (fresh coconut) and are available deep fried in pure ghee, or baked, which makes them marginally healthier. While you’re in the neighbourhood, stock up on chivda from Vijay Stores and the diamond-shaped shankarparas at Kutumb Sakhi. They’re so deceptively light and crunchy, they’ll be gone before you know it. Best purchased in large quantities.

For a more sinful version of the karanji, try Punjabi Chandu Halwai Karachiwala or Ghasitaram Halwai. They prepare gujiyas – also crescent-shaped – except they are stuffed with a mawa filling. The stores are also known for their excellent halwa, pinni (a laddoo made of urad dal and dry fruits), jalebis and doda milk burfi.

Around the corner from Punjabi Chandu Halwai Karachiwala in Colaba, Kailash Parbat keeps Sindhis in the area on a happy sugar high. On offer, is ghevar and mohan thal, a large doughnut-shaped cardamom-flavoured gram flour-fudge topped with almonds. For Tamilian sweetmeats like the bright orange jhangri (a thicker, more sugary version of the jalebi) and Mysore pak there’s no place like Sri Krishna Sweets.

But if you’d rather limit your stocking to a restricted area, head for Dadar and Lalbaug. Godbole Stores offers a special seven kilogram festive hamper packed with Maharashtrian sweets and savouries, diyas, aamras and uttan (sandalwood body scrub), to send to relatives abroad. It’s priced at  R6,161 inclusive of shipping costs. 

You can gorge on chaklis at Panshikar and find your way to Ladoo Samrat for the best ladoos in town. For a crash course in Diwali savouries stroll down Lalbaug’s Chivda Galli. The lane is crammed with stores that stock chivda of every imaginable kind. There’s the traditional Maharashtrian version made from crispy fried yellow poha, the crunchy batata sali chivda, makai chivda made of corn flakes and the south-Indian mixture that’s higher on spice levels and has plenty of curry leaves. Happy feasting.


Aaple Dukaan Opposite Parleshwar Temple, Vile Parle (E) (+91 98190 81336). Mon-Sat 10am-9pm.

Food Spot Tilak Road, Ghatkopar (E) (+91 22 2501 5600). Tue-Sun 9.30-10pm, Mon 10am-1pm. Also at 43 Krishnabad, Bhulbhai Desai Road, near Benzer, Breach Candy (+91 22 2352 2116). Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-1pm.

Ghasitaram Karachiwala 192, Kalbadevi Road, opposite Rajasthan Bank, Kalbadevi (+91 22 2241 3410). Daily 8am-11pm.

Godbole Samruddhi Heights, DL Vaidya Road, near Sena Bhavan, Dadar (W) (+91 22 2437 2294/2430 7596). Daily 9am-8.30pm.

Kailash Parbat 7/A, Crystal Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri (W) (+91 22 2674 3810/2674-4467). Daily 11am-11pm.

Kutumb Sakhi Gokhale Road, near Steel King, Dadar (W) (+91 22 2446 2804) Daily 8am-8pm.

Ladoo Samrat Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug. (+91 22 2471 0127). Daily 7.30am-9pm.

Panshikar Ahar Shop No 2, Gordhandas Building., Near Central Cinema, Girgaum (+91 22 2386 1211). Mon-Sat 8.15am-8.30pm.

Panshikar Stores New Popatlal Building, near Maharashtra Bank, Ranade Road, Dadar (W) (+91 22 2432 8507). Also at Vile Parle (E) (+91 6695 9863). Mon-Sat 8.15am-8.30pm, Sun 8.15am-1pm, 4-8.30pm.

Punjabi Chandu Halwai Karachiwala Shop No 4, Sheila Mahal Building, First Pasta Lane, Colaba (+91 22 2284 0073). Daily 8am-8.30pm.

Sri Krishna Sweets Sector 17, next to Golden Punjab Hotel, Vashi. (+91 22 2766 4131). Daily 9am-9pm.

Vijay Stores Shop No 4,Shraddhanand Road, Vile Parle (E) (+91 22 2614 6641). Daily 9.30am-9pm.

By Mithila Phadke on November 04 2011
Photos by Mohnish Dabhoya

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