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The nip is in the air and the change of season is hard to miss. Here in Chandigarh as the weather turns, so do menus in restaurants and sweet shops. The latter also adorn a festive look and their counters and shelves are sheer magnets for sweet addicts. When it comes to traditional Indian sweets, diners in Chandigarh are surely spoilt for choice. It is hard to resist a piping hot Gulab Jamun or a freshly made Gujiya or Besan Ki Barfi. If you are salivating at the thought, read on to know about 5 festive treats in Chandigarh, you can not miss.
There is something truly heartwarming about a plate of garam-garam Gulab Jamuns. If you relish those that come dripping sweet, then head over to Gopal’s in Sector 8, Chandigarh or Sector 8, Panchkula. It is the perfect cheer-me-up when the winter sets in and the temperature gets freezing. Another favourite haunt for Gulab Jamun is Gobind Sweets in Sector 38, Chandigarh.
The Gujiya starts to make an appearance around Karva Chauth, along with other sweets like Ghevar. I simply love the Gujiyas that Sindhi Sweets outlets around town dish out. Though unlike the home-style versions, these Gujiyas have a heavier crust and come packed with dry fruits. The Gujiyas at Sindhi Sweets also have a distinct sticky outer thanks to extra chashni. Diwali Hampers would be quite incomplete without Gujiyas in the box.
Khoya Katli Barfi
When it comes to barfi, there are many kinds you will find in sweet shops across the city. At Khurana Confectioners in Sector 22, you will find the melt-in-the-mouth kind, especially their signature Pure Khoya Barfi. Super soft, they are made fresh and in fact, are sold out within hours of their arrival on the shelves.
Besan Ke Laddu
Picture this – a steaming hot cup of tea and an accompanying plate of Besan Laddus. It is hard not to be drooling at the mere thought of this. Thankfully, you do not have to resist. Head over to new Shiva Sweets in Sector 30, Chandigarh for a delectable treat of freshly made besan laddus. They have a variety of sweets on offer but nothing compares to this plump perfection. Another place that makes its Besan Laddus well is Anupam Sweets in Mansa Devi Complex. With just the right amount of sweetness, it is the perfect accompaniment to Hot Coffee.
Another winter favourite, Gajak boxes pack in an after-meal treat. Made using gur, sugar, til and peanuts, there are many sweet shops that offer gajak. We like the one that Gulab Sweets offers along with the ones available at Sindhi Sweets and Gopal’s too.
A seasoned journalist, Jagmeeta has worked with The Indian Express for 16 years writing extensively on food, popular culture and fashion. A Master's in English, she completed her honours in Journalism from Delhi University and started her career in journalism with New Delhi Television (NDTV) as a reporter. She was part of the launch team for NDTV.com. Having turned a freelance writer and editor in 2016, she has been writing for The Hindustan Times, Chandigarh and is also a contributor for The Voice of Fashion steered by IMG Reliance Ltd as well as Chandigarh's popular lifestyle portal - simplythecity.com. When she's not reviewing food or dissecting the season's trends, she likes to travel with her daughter and husband, a professional photographer. A photography enthusiast herself, Jagmeeta has also curated photo exhibitions and calls herself a collector of cookbooks and recipes and a proud 'fauji' daughter and sister.