Gupta’s is one of the oldest family-owned Indian Sweets and Savouries companies in the UK since 1979 producing world-renowned delicious treats, and have won accolades for being the best Indian Sweet and Savouries specialist in London.
A surprise package of treats arrived from Gupta’s, perfectly timed for big birthdays celebrations … continue reading to see what we got, our thoughts, and also how to get an exclusive discount of 15% on your online orders!
We got the following delicious Gupta’s treats:
Samosas (on right of below pic) [£0.75 each] – crispy, flaky pastry encased a spiced potato and peas filling.
These are their world-famous samosas, and are a Punjabi style samosa pastry with hints of cinnamon, cloves, cumin, and coriander seeds. By the way, for those who are interested to delve further into the different varieties of samosas and how to make them, there are 15 different types of samosas across India. Delicious, and different to the ones we make in Goa, which are more along the Far East Asian method with a thinner pastry like filo pastry with several layers!
Dokla (on left of below pic) [£2.50 for 250g]- a Gujarati speciality, and is made with a fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas. It is like a light, savoury sponge cake, for want of a better description, and served normally with a chilli chutney. One of our favourite snacks!
Vegetable Cutlets (on right) [£0.75 each]- these tasty cylinders are made with lightly spiced potatoes and mixed vegetables blended together and covered with a crispy coating of breadcrumbs. Similar to our Goan rissoles (which we make a meat variation too), these are delicious and perfect for an evening snack/ starters for a party. Just don’t leave me alone with a box of these unattended, otherwise they will be gone before you know it!
Onion Bhajis (on left) [£2.45 for 250g]- made of sliced onions mixed in a chickpea batter and spices, which are then shaped into balls, and fried to a lovely crisp finish. These are served with a tamarind chutney. A nice snack mid-afternoon, or whenever you want!
A mixed sweet selection box containing (clockwise from top right):
Bundi Ladoo [£2.20 for 250g] – These are delicious sweet globules formed together into a ball. Our father and I could eat a pile of these if left to our own devices!
Kaju Katli [£3.00 for 250g] – Cashews are ground and cooked in a steaming sugar syrup with cardamom, and then rolled into a thin pastry and hand cut to a traditional diamond shape. These are moreish and one of our favourites, and eating these transported us back to happy holidays memories of visiting our relatives in Goa and grabbing icecream at Natural Ice Cream and Indian sweet treats from the shop next door in Panaji after an afternoon on the beach.
Gupta’s also has Badam Katli for those who like almond sweet treats too, and the Besan Ladoos (gram flour, cardamom, ghee, cashews, and sugar) are also C’s other favourite treat and her go to pick me up when she has had a stressful day clinically.
By the way, the Hindi words kaju means cashew, badam means almonds, and katli means slice.
Barfis are rich and creamy Indian fudge, and they are a rich and dense milk-based sweet that you will find everywhere especially in the Indian sub-continent. Barfi is a derivative of the Persian word barf, which means snow. Gupta’s has an amazing selection of these with different flavours.
Malai barfi – twice boiled milk with condensed milk to create the most heavenly Indian fudge, and decorated with edible silver leaf. My favourite of this sweet selection box!
(Ruchir’s family recipe and kindly a special addition to our box, as it is my favourite barfi.)
Chocolate Barfi [£2.50 for 250g] – creamy barfi base topped with a layer of velvety chocolate barfi. A firm favourite of C’s, and for anyone who loves chocolate it is a must!
Pista Barfi [£2.50 for 250g] – delicious barfi mixed with chopped pistachio nuts. Our father’s favourite, and for any pistachio fans – intense pistachio notes dotted with lots of pieces of pistachios, and he stated it the best pista barfi he has tried (and trust me we have visited a lot of Indian confectioners across London over the last 18 years living in London).
Coconut Barfi [£2.50 for 250g]- a creamy cross between fudge and coconut ice, and the dessicated coconut adds an exotic taste.
Ruchir was sweet to do a variation without the traditional half pink coloured top
(we have to try and avoid sweets with colours due to it flaring up my knee and hip injuries, an occupational hazard of working with athletes and higher level sports people as a Sports Therapist for over 20 years) – see their website pic here for how it traditionally looks. Wonderful, intense coconutty notes that transports you to exotic places abroad whilst you are munching on this delight! One of my top two favourites of this box.
Sohan Papri [£3.00 for 250g] – Think of a mille-feuille in Indian form – multiple layers of gorgeousness in a bite. These literally melts in the mouth, and was our family favourite of this selection box!
Plain Barfi [£2.50 for 250g] – A creamy fudgy dessert made the traditional way from slowly heated milk, ghee, milk powder and sugar syrup.
Gulab jamun [£3.60 for 6 pieces]- Deep fried balls made of milk powder, flour, butter and milk, and then soaked in sugar syrup. Basically, an Indian doughnut soaked in a sugar syrup – warm in the microwave for 20s and enjoy!
C’s comment was they are the best she has tried hands down so far – until this point she loved some other (Ambala and Pooja Sweets) ones, now this is her favourite in a heartbeat as she said that the gulab jamuns were nice and fluffy inside and the sugar syrup was just perfect and not sickly sweet as some others have been before. A fabulous treat, and a comforting hug on a cold night. Recommend these if you’ve not tried as yet!
Jalebis [£2.20 for 250g]- sweet, crispy spirals of deep fried batter soaked in a sweet syrup; the batter is made of maida (refined flour) and sugar and deep-fried in circular motion to create these round circles of delight. They have a velvety interior with a crisp, sugary exterior. Moreish!!!
Perfect to eat in a thali with something pungent to offset the heat, or one of the lovely way to round off a meal with a sweet treat. It is one of the most well known Indian sweets around the world. Love the feeling of the sticky syrup just dribbling gently down your fingers – brings back memories of childhood travelling for over 1.5hr to get into London to get these sweet treats!
A bit of background cookery information, the key difference between these beautiful thin, crisp jalebis (which are made using a classic Asian Indian method) and other ‘jalebis’ from around the world (like the ones from Ambala and other Muslim owned confectioners, which are made using the Arabic method, are thicker in appearance and which have a soft chewy inside texture with a crystallized sugary exterior coating) is the type of flour used to make the batter and the thickness of the batter when fried.
(Though do not confuse these with Imarti, a Bengali sweet that looks similar but made in a coil shape from urad dhal paste, or Chhena Jalebi/ Zalabia, which is from the Eastern regions of the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East/ Levant and are more akin to a beignet/ sugared doughnut, as the batter is made up of flour, yeast, yoghurt and sugar/ honey.)
It has been super hard choosing our favourites, as all Gupta’s products are produced to a high standard and are of such good quality that you would be very hard pressed to find fault with anything!
We highly recommend you ordering your savoury and sweet treats from Gupta’s for Diwali, any other celebrations of yours, or even if like us you just enjoy high quality Indian treats from time to time. Trust us, when you have a look at what they offer and have tried their products, you will be like us, a kid in a sweet shop wanting everything and going back for more!
Gupta’s have three locations in London, in Kingsbury, Euston and Hendon for in-store collections. They are Event Caterers and can be found at Street Food markets, plus have been featured in Time Out London, Evening Standard, and Londonist too.
You can also order from the comfort of your own home via Gupta’s UK website – use our exclusive code to get 15% discount at the checkout: GOANTOLONDON
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This big box of Indian goodies was courtesy of Gupta’s. Thank you so much to Ruchir for our delicious package of treats.
Note: Delivery options include: UK wide delivery (UK shipping of £5.50), Uber Eats, and also you can get On Demand Delivery within London via Dedicated Courier (within 2hrs windows).