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Every festival in India is celebrated with eating and sharing sweets and Diwali is no exception. In fact, if you visit any home during this festival of lights, you will be invariably treated with some delicious sweets and desserts. There is also a popular custom of sending packets of sweets and dry fruits to near and dear ones during the Deepavali celebrations.
Here is a look at some of the premier sweet shops in Hyderabad that take special care to prepare an extensive range of sweets during this happy occasion.
G Pulla Reddy Sweets have been present in Hyderabad for more than 6 decades. They have branches all over the city and specializes in pure ghee sweets, Andhra sweets, milk sweets as well as namkeens. Starting from Madatha Kaja and Mysore Pak, their huge range extends to Motichur Laddoo and Kaju Katli.
Location: Secunderabad, Nampally, Begumpet, Attapur, Kukatpally, Kothaguda, Shamshabad and more
Almond House was set up in 1989 and had been on a track of rapid expansion since then.
Traditionally known for their Dry Fruit Based Mithai, they have expanded to other ranges of sweets, confectionaries and even Indulge, their own brand of ice creams. Their state-of-the-art factory at Kukatpally uses modern technology in the preparation of desserts. Kaju Katli, Walnut Barfi, Dry Fruit Gujiya as well as Bisticks are some of the recommended items here. They have recently started making some delightful Baklavas.
Location: Banjara Hills, Kukatpally, Himayatnagar, Jubilee Hills and Shamshabad
The popular sweet shop near the Kanakadurga temple in Ameerpet is known for its North Indian and Bengali sweets, as well as snacks. Chandrakala, Gulab Jamun, Rabris and varieties of Laddus are must order items here.
Mouchak and Lyangcha
They have many halwais from Bengal, and as a result, they churn out some of the best Bengali sweets in the twin cities including Chamcham, Lyangcha and Malai Sandwich.
Vellanki Foods is the go-to place for authentic Telugu sweets, and they pride themselves on the fact that their sweets taste like those prepared at home. Operating for the last twenty-five years, the chain sees heavy rush throughout the year and especially during the festivals.
The popular items here are the Ariselu, Poornalu, Pootharekulu (paper sweet), as well as Bandar Laddoo.
Location: Madhura Nagar, Ameerpet, Moti Nagar, Kavuri Hills
Another chain which is known for their North Indian sweets. They specialize in ghee sweets as well as khowa sweets and have attractive gift boxes for Diwali. Motichur Laddoo, Sohan Papdi, Kesaria Jalebi and Barfi are in demand here. They also serve some delicious chaat in most of their outlets.
Location: Paradise, Himayatnagar, Jubilee Hills, Ameerpet and Banjara Hills
If you wish to try out something different during Diwali, head to Gourmet Baklava in Banjara Hills to sample their Turkish desserts. Baklava, a dessert made of filo pastry and sugar syrup is the main product here, and you have many variations such as Walnut Baklava, Pista Baklava, Warbatt and Nest Baklava. They also offer other sweets such as Kunafa and Turkish Delight.
Location: Banjara Hills
A passionate food and travel enthusiast, Sabyasachi is quite popular in the food and beverages circles of Hyderabad, the city he has made his home for the last twenty-five years. As a much-travelled sales person, Sabyasachi has been exposed to many international cuisines as well as regional food from remote corners of India. He blogs about his food and travel experiences at Foodaholix, and is a frequent contributor of food-related articles to the print media.