Diwali sweet delights

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No one has to tell expatriate Indians in Oman about the importance of sweets during Diwali, the festival of lights, which will not be complete with out exotic Barfi, Boondi Ke Ladoo, Kesar Peda, Rasmalai, Kheer, Gulab Jamun, to name a few.

Sweet is the flavour of the season and every one wants to relish quality products made by experienced Mithaiwallas (sweet makers) using high quality ingredients.  With Diwali at the doorstep, top sweet shops in Muscat like ‘Puranmal Restaurant and Sweets’ and ‘Kamat Restaurant’, have begun preparations to meet the extra demand with out compromising on the quality.

Puranmal, a name synonymous with best quality sweets and savouries, brings nine decades of expertise in sweet making to its customers. Launched in April 2011 in Oman, the restaurant and sweet shop has already become a favorite hang-out for people from different nationalities. And this Diwali, the restaurant is all set to serve its customers with exotic Indian sweets.

Puranmal Restaurant and Sweets had a humble beginning nine decades ago, and the passion to serve the customers with quality stuff helped them build the brand brick by brick. The brand grew from strength to strength, thanks to the management’s passion and love to serve the best quality Indian cuisine and sweets. It strictly adheres to original recipes that ensured consistency in quality and taste throughout the decades.

“We never compromise on the recipes and the quality of ingredients. It is the secret of Puranmal’s success,” says Deepak Daryani, owner of the restaurant. Puranmal also has highly-skilled, trained staff in their ranks and they maintain hygiene levels to the optimum level.

The sweet specialties this time include an extensive range of North Indian and Bengali sweets. Its wide range of luxurious and traditional packaging is a suitable choice for all occasions, whether for family, friends or business associates. The restaurant takes pride in the fact that each gift bearing the Puranmal name echoes a long tradition of gift offering and is a reflection of thoughtfulness and impeccable taste. The main attraction this time is the availability of Fig Rolls and Dates Rolls filled with roasted nuts.

It also offers two types of syrups, saffron and rose, apart from an assortment of snacks. “We pack sweets in specially-made Diwali boxes. We also offer customised boxes for companies. Quality is the hallmark of our products as we use only the best ingredients to make the sweets. We are the only sweet shop in the country that sells products made in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and ISO certified units,” says Deepak.

With more than 50 varieties of sweets readily available at the counters, and 40-odd items on the made-to-order menu, Puranmal is the best place to buy sweets this festive season. “No one can match our offerings. It is not just the sweets. We also have an exquisite array of savouries, including Poha Chiwda, Dalmoth, Lajwab, to name a few, specially made for the festival of lights,” he adds.

Authentic delicacies
It is busy time for sweet maker Shiv Shankar Yadav and his team at the Kamat Restaurant these days. “We offer authentic Indian sweets made of quality ingredients. We have begun our preparations a couple of weeks ago with an aim to serve our customers better,” says Yadav, pointing to an array of sweets displayed in the sweet shelves.

Kamat Restaurant, which is a household name for sweets in Oman, has rolled out different types of Pedas, Burfis, Kaju Kattis, Pista Roll, Besan Ladoos, Dry fruit fancy sweets, Kaju Tokari, to name a few, for the sweet lovers this time.Says Pradeep Kapoor, General Manager of Kamat, “We have made all arrangements to serve our esteemed customers with the finest quality of sweets this Diwali. The sale will continue till October 24, and we plan to set up special live counters to meet the extra demand.”

Mili Thakur