Diwali is just the perfect time to eat and go crazy hogging. Despite all your chocolates and new age calorie free eatables being served around, the fact is that nothing beats the traditional chow which the festival allows you to gorge on. The Diwali snacks or faral as it is called in Marathi has the usual culprits making their rounds – chiwda, chakli, shankarpali, kadboli, karanji and the works. Whereas most would love to make these products at home, a lot of us still either do not have the time or are unsure of how to make them. Students too, who come from out of Pune to study here, would want to get their hands on these snacks but are unable to go home. We give you a few places where you can pick up these snack items and enjoy your Diwali better.
M/S PY VAIDYA
It is the landmark shop for all your grocery shopping, especially the authentic stuff. Most Punekars having a good taste will buy their home groceries from here, right from pickles to spices and so on. And yes, they do keep special faral for Diwali. You have the usual favourites in the list – Chakli, shev, kadboli, motichur ladu, besan ladu, olya naralachya karanji (karanji with freshly grated coconut filling) and so on. Even on normal occasions, you might find some of these products here.
Price: Rs 50-60 per packet of 200 Gms
Venue: Near British Library, Fergusson College Road; Call 020-25654819
This is another store which has become a must visit on everyone’s grocery shopping places. You will be able to shop for your Diwali faral eatables like chakli, chiwda, shankarpali and so on. While you can place your orders by the 31st of this month to have your favourite delight, they have also kept stalls for Maratha Chambers of Commerce at their Tilak Road branch. It will have just ladu and chiwda, priced Rs 95 per packet. Even during Diwali, you will be able to buy the faral items at ease.
Price: Rs 500-520 for 400 Gms (Please double check)
Venue: Opp SP College, Tilak Road; Call 020-24471592, 244911592
SHRUTI MANGAL KARYALAYA
Don’t get us wrong. It is pre-dominantly a marriage hall where many also attend all kinds of family functions. But every Diwali, you will notice a few stalls kept by them to sell faral products of all kinds, right from the spicy chaklis to chivdas to ladus and so on. The products have been made by the karyalaya which is known for the food its serves for the in-house functions.
Price: Rs 240 plus
Venue: 1236, Apte Rd., Deccan Gymkhana; Call 020 25531749, +91 020 25521998
A well-know store for all your food items or snacks, this place has become a landmark on Bhandarkar Road for all delectable eatables. Diwali and otherwise, you might be glad to know that this place has a good stock of all your faral favourites – chivdas, chaklis, ladus, shankarpali and so on. Plus, the best part would be the price factor which will be within your budget.
Price: Rs 200 plus per kg; different for different products
Venue: Near kotak Mahindra bank, 885, Bhandarkar Road; Call 9850136094 (Siddharth)
Many sweet marts, big and small, have jumped in the faral foray. Chital Bandhu Mithaiwale is a name to reckon with, in terms of different kinds of sweets. It goes without saying that their Bakarwadi is the thing to take away and so is besan ladus. Kaka Halwai is another joint to try out. For those looking for dry fruits, it has to be Karachi Sweets. Joshi Sweets is another name in this regards.
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