Artisanal Modaks. Courtesy: St. Regis Mumbai
Artisanal Modaks. Courtesy: St. Regis Mumbai

Muskaan Thakur

Indian culture is known for making people go great Gatsby at every festival. However, months of staying home have taught us how to celebrate festivities as an intimate affair with family. Even though the traditional ways of celebration has changed, people from the F&B industry are doing their best to provide us with festive ‘flavour’ at home.
Gaia Gourmet x Payal Singhal
DIY Modak Kit by Gaia Gourmet and Payal Singhal.
GGXPSBAPPA – DIY Modak Kit by Gaia Gourmet and Payal Singhal.
Gaia Gourmet by Chef Shilarna Vaze (a.k.a Chef Chinu) has collaborated with Fashion House Payal Singhal to bring a special DIY Modak Kit, GGXPSBAPPA. This kit consists of a ready-made dough, 4 fun fillings and dipping sauces. The filling flavours include Baaundri Milk Cake, Traditional Jaggery, Coconut & Gulkand, Cookie Dough and Saffron Cardamom Apple Pie. Also, indulge in smooth, pouring sauces that come in 4 variants; Traditional Basundi, Gulkand Cream, Chocolate, and Sea Salt Toffee Caramel.
If you’re clueless about how to ‘Do-It-Yourself’, you are in luck because this kit comes with a modak mould and instruction cards. And there’s also a special treat, a special edition upcycled Ganpati and a super-cute apron for babies and biggies designed by designer Payal Singhal.
Aprons and Modaks by Gaia Gourmet and Payal Singhal
Upcycled Ganpati, Apron and Modaks by Gaia Gourmet and Payal Singhal
“This year is going to be quite a sombre Ganpati for everyone, so why not go back to one of the most memorable traditions of any festival – the food!,” says Chef Chinu, Gaia Gourmet.
“As for the collaboration with Payal, I have known her forever and have loved her work, especially her prints. We decided to collaborate by making an upcycled little Ganpati and some cute aprons for the whole family to add to the DIY kit. It’s great that people are cooking again because of lockdown.”
The last date to order is August 26. Deliveries will start on August 22. To place orders, call Chetan on 98193-73023 or write to contact@gaiagourmet.in. Price: ₹5,450/-
The Bombay Sweet Shop
Bombay Sweet Shop. Courtesy: Instagram - Bombay Sweet Shop
Ganpati Collection – The Mighty 21 Modak Box. Courtesy: Instagram – Bombay Sweet Shop
The Mighty 21 Modal box by Bombay Sweet Shop contains modaks that are inspired by India’s most loved sweets. These handmade modaks are 100% vegetarian. The Puran Poli Modak is a combination of puran poli and saffron peda. Lonavala Chocolate Fudge Modak has hints of peanut-cashew chikki. The Pista Gulab Jamun Modak takes inspiration from TBC’s iconic dish Gulab Nut.
If you don’t like to share your sweets with others, they have something in store for you as well. Bombay Sweet Shop’s ‘Modak & Me’ box offers 3 modaks of your choice and 10 all-seed chikki thins.
You can pre-order these boxes from their website till September 1, for ₹1,900 and ₹725 respectively.

Qualia

Udkiche Modak by Qualia
Udkiche Modak by Qualia
Qualia by Chef Rahul Akerkar is offering a Mahastrian-style feast named ‘Ganapati Naivedyachi That’ (An Offering to Lord Ganesha). It has a range of main dishes, desserts and drinks serving 2-4 people.
There are several options for the main course to choose from; Kalya Channachi Ussal, Shengachi Aamti, Bharli Bhendi, Batatyachi Bhaji and finally the Maharashtrian festive special Aluchi Paatal Bhaji. These dishes are accompanied by Ghavane, thin savoury pancakes. The side dishes include Sabudana Vada and Vatane Bhath. The sauces include Kairichi Chutney and Shengdana Thecha. To end your meal on a sweet note, Ukdiche Modak is a significant highlight of this menu. Last but not the least, Futi Kadhi is in too.
This menu can only be availed by pre-ordering at +91-7304586862. Meal package for 4 is priced at ₹5,800 while the same for 2 is priced at ₹2,900. The deliveries will take place on August 22 and 23.
Read: This August 15, Qualia is serving Colonial India-inspired dishes
Yogisattva
Paleo and Vegna Modaks by Yogisattva
Paleo and Vegan Modaks by Yogisattva
Yogisattva has limited edition Paleo and Vegan Modaks, which are refined sugar-free. Traditional With A Twist Modak is the chef’s take on the classic Coconut Modak. While the other variants, Chocolate and Walnut Modak, Chocolate and Orange Modak and Chocolate and Acai Modak are made from organic ingredients. Each box comes with a seed paper Ganpati card that can be planted.
“Yogisattva has always tried to be sustainable since its inception, whether it was using seed paper business cards or moving away from plastic packaging to paper and glass alternatives. We all have seen the devastation that the festival causes on our beaches. This year we decided to make a change. Each order of our limited edition paleo and vegan modaks comes with a Seed Paper Ganpati Card, which you can plant into a pot as your own way of doing a greener visarjan and giving Ganpati the goodbye he actually deserves”, said Chef Raveena Taurani, Founder and CEO of Yogisattva.
You can order the boxes on 98674-55009. The price range is ₹499/- to ₹1,099/-.
Taste Retreat
Chocolate Modak with Motichoor Laddo Filling. Courtesy: Instagram - Taste Retreat
Chocolate Modak with Motichoor Laddo Filling. Courtesy: Instagram – Taste Retreat
Taste Retreat by Tasheen Rahimtoola has curated a customisable ‘Ganpati Experience’. This Ganpati box features a mix of sweets and savouries. It contains Chocolate Modak with Motichoor Ladoo Filling, Masala Chai Biscuit with Chai Frosting, Passion Fruit Almond Meringue Tart and Rose Pistachio Chikki in sweets. Chutney Cheese Rolls, and Olive Jalapeno and Cheese Stuffed Loaf are two of the savouries being offered.
You can select 4 or more dishes of your choice to customise the box and get it delivered. Call 9892241423 to place your order. The box is priced at ₹3,000/-.
St. Regis Mumbai
Artisanal Modaks. Courtesy: St. Regis Mumbai
Artisanal Modaks. Courtesy: St. Regis Mumbai
The St. Regis Mumbai has curated a selection of handcrafted modaks in vibrant colours and flavours. The Artisanal Modaks has modaks in different flavours – White Chocolate & Kashmiri Saffron, Matcha Tea & Meyer Lemon, Sundarbans Honey & Granola, Hazeltnot Nutella & Choco Chip, Amarantha & Organic Jaggery, Seet Beet & Coconut, Apricot & Cardamom, Figs, Dates & Pishori Pistachio, Different Seeds & Maple and Alphonso Mango & Kashmiri Saffron.
You can choose from a box of 4, 12 and 35 modaks, priced at ₹300, ₹900 and ₹3500 respectively. It will be delivered to your doorstep by Marriott on Wheels. To customise your box and place an order, you can call 86575-22956 or Whatsapp St. Regis Mumbai.
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