Indian festivals are incomplete without mithai—Holi wouldn’t be the same without crisp, sweet gujiyas, Lohri is amiss without chikki and gajak, and for Ganesh Chaturthi, it’s the indulgent modak that finds itself in the spotlight. A sweet coconut-jaggery filling is ensconced inside rice flour-based dough that is then shaped into delicate dumplings. Many have a family tradition of making these at home with their loved ones, but modaks can be particularly tricky to master. If you’re looking to enjoy them in all of their decadence without the hassle, order a box (or two), from these gourmet sweet shops this season.
Bombay Sweet Shop, Mumbai
The popular Mumbai sweet shop known for mithai and Indian snacks with a twist is back with its Ganpati special menu, which includes indulgent modaks and ladoos. They have three modak flavours this year—chocolate fudge modak, puran poli modak, and coconutty khubani modak. You can choose from an assorted box of three, nine, or 18.
Order here or through delivery portals like Swiggy and Zomato.
The St. Regis Mumbai
The St. Regis Mumbai has collaborated with Marriott Bonvoy on Wheels to bring their selection of artisanal modaks to your doorstep. The hotel’s confectionery team has curated six flavours that include multi millet halwa, finger millet and cardamom, slow-roasted nuts, Kashmiri saffron and cashew nut, and Mandarin dark chocolate among others.
Order by contacting 022 61628422 / 022 61628000 or +91 86575 22956.
Genda Phool, Mumbai
The Mumbai-based sweets brand is known for its artisanal and contemporary Indian mithai, and its modaks are no different. Their kesar (saffron), pistachio, coconut, and chana modaks are completely vegetarian and look like tiny works of art. From small four-piece boxes perfect for eating all on your own (we won’t judge!) to more elaborate 12-piece boxes that will make the ideal gift for loved ones, take your pick.
Anand Sweets, Bengaluru
Anand Sweets is an iconic name in Bengaluru, and on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, they are offering a variety of modak flavours like mawa modak, boondi modak, and kaju modak. There’s also a coconut modak generously filled with gulkand.
Order from Anand Sweets stores across Bengaluru, or through Zomato and Swiggy.
Their vibrant ranbow modaks are filled with an assortment of nuts and dry fruits, and come in a combo of flavours like strawberry, chocolate, pistachio, rose, saffron, and more. You can opt for a smaller box with nine pieces or go for a more decadent option with 16 pieces.
If you’re a vegan or simply health-conscious, and know someone who’s the same, then the wholesome plant-based modaks by Yogisattva will fit the bill perfectly. Don’t be fooled into thinking that there won’t be many options when it comes to healthy modaks, as you’ll be spoilt for choice with flavours like vegan chocolate truffle, dates-chocolate-pistachio, saffron malai, rose besan, and more.
Simple, minimal, yet flavourful—this is how we’d describe Khoya’s modaks. The Delhi-based brand is offering an assorted box of 16 modaks this season, which has four pieces each of their rose modak, filled kesar modak, till (sesame) modak, and a fusion chocolate chip modak.
The Baklava Box, pan-India
The Kolkata-based sweet shop known for its Turkish sweets like baklava (it’s in the name!) also makes handmade modaks every Ganesh Chaturthi that are a hit all over the country. While they have boxes with specific flavours, we’d suggest you go for the assorted box that has 12 modaks of different flavours, from mawa kesar to cashew pistachio.
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