Gifting guide: Gastronomic goodies for yummy, healthy Diwali

By: | Published: October 15, 2017 2:45 AM

Junk the junk food this Diwali. Instead of sinful cakes, muffins and chocolates, gift nuts, spices, tea and dry fruit. Here is a selection of some gastronomic goodies that are not only yummy, but healthy as well. And this is one gift that will surely not be passed on, but cherished with a big thank you.

Junk the junk food this Diwali. Instead of sinful cakes, muffins and chocolates, gift nuts, spices, tea and dry fruit.

Sweet & salty

Whoever thought that nuts and dry fruit boxes were outdated needs to think again. The healthiest possible gift, nuts and dried fruit are much-coveted. And coming in attractive packaging like this box from Draft, which contains a tin each of roasted almonds and raisins, this offering will be heartily welcomed

Price: Rs 949
Availability: Amazon

Keep it fresh

If you like to keep things simple but classy, then nothing can be better than gifting someone a big basket of fresh fruit. All you need to do is make a trip to your neighbourhood fruit seller or supermarket

Price: Depends on your budget
Availability: Your local fruit market, supermarket

Organic goodness

The Prosperity & Love gift box from I Say Organic will be a big hit with anyone you gift it to. From delicious sweet and salty snacks, savoury pickle, mini bars to tea, coffee and nimbu pani, everyone will find something to love in here. It contains mixed nuts with jaggery, walnuts, tomato pickle, amaranth mini bars, amaranth namkeen, masala nimbu pani concentrate, coffee powder, CTC tea and a set of three diyas. The goodies come packed in a beautiful brown box or a cane basket

Price: Rs 2,100
Availability: Isayorganic.com

Raw goodness

Your friends will thank you for this dose of detox, much needed in the festive season. This Green & Clean pack from Raw Pressery has two kinds of juices. The matcha, kale, coconut milk, guava, apple, mint and lemon is high in antioxidants and the charcoal, organic honey, lemon, pure H2O and rock salt neutralises toxins

Price: Rs 550
Availability: Online

Dry fruit box

‘Choir’ from Foodhall is a delightful gift with a distinct touch: it has the choicest combination of dry fruits to allure anyone’s tastebuds

Price: Rs 1,500 onwards
Availability: www.foodhallonline.com/blueribbon

Berry blast

Give your loved ones the gift of goodness with Karmiq’s assortment of premium berries handpicked from across the globe. The Assorted Berry Blast box has one of the best combinations of berries, including dried cranberries, dried blueberries and apricots. This box of goodness is high in antioxidants, nutrient density and a rich source of fibre

Price: Rs 700 for a 100 gm pack
Availability: Stores, online

Sweet delight

A box of mithai will never be passé. But this sweet box from Khoya Mithai is no ordinary one. Fashioned with the highest-quality natural and organic ingredients, and made with organic brown sugar, these sweets bring forth the goodness of fruits, nuts and milk. Handcrafted with precision, the sweet boxes can also be customised, with a choice of walnut peda, Belgian chocolate barfi, paan peda, sugar-free fig barfi, pista longe or pink ladoo

Price: Rs 900 onwards
Availability: www.khoyamithai.com

Preserve this

Another healthy gift option is a range of organic preserves from Fabindia. Made with natural ingredients, these come in a variety of flavours like lemon marmalade, cape gooseberry, guava cinnamon, apricot crush, papaya ginger, etc

Price: Starting at Rs 180
Availability: Online & company stores

Tea time

Who does not love tea? Gift your loved ones TGL’s Assorted Aspirations Tea Gift box. It has four tea flavours: orange and mango oolong; Little Buddha (from China); strawberry and champagne; and Irish cream. What’s more? These teas come with no added sugar

Price: Rs 2,043
Availability: Amazon

Seasoned

If you know somebody who loves whipping up gourmet food, gift them a selection of these organic seasonings and salad dressings from Fabindia. Flavour choices include oregano chilli, pudina masala, garlic and parsley, cinnamon sugar, etc. Salad dressing options include honey mustard, mixed herb, carrot ginger sesame, burnt chilli garlic, black olive parsley, etc

Price: Starting at Rs 125
Availability: Online & company stores

Choco love

Nobody can say no to chocolate. But this festive season, take it a notch further by gifting artisanal chocolates that are actually healthy. Earth Loaf offers chocolate in its purest form—organic, raw and with as little sugar as possible. You can opt for flavours like coconut, ginger and gondhoraj or even mango and chilli

Price: Rs 270 for a 72 gm bar
Availability: Gourmet stores, online

Fruits & spices

‘Noor’ is a fresh collection of exotic Middle Eastern dried fruits and spices from Foodhall all arranged in one spectacular hamper. There are rose petals, Iranian lime powder, pink pistachios, pine nuts, Turkish apricots and dates in this hamper

Price: Rs 5,150
Availability: www.foodhallonline.com/blueribbon

Golden gift

Cooking oils are the flavour of the season, quite literally. Organic and cold-pressed oils make for an ideal gift, and you can choose among coconut, olive, flaxseed or sesame oil. Or you can opt for oils flavoured with chilli or herbs

Price: Starting Rs 200
Availability: Online, stores

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