A small Indian sweet shop that began its journey in Bikaner in 1937 and took over the world. Haldiram was probably one of the first Indian businesses to realize the importance of quality control and consistency. Their restaurant in Delhi was one of our favorite eateries. The food was reasonably priced, it was delicious, it was safe, and it was the street food that we Loved.
They have exported snacks to the US for quite a while, but now that the online shopping site is here, I'm over the moon!! Recommended- sweets (listed as mithai on the sidebar), savory crisp snacks (listed as snacks), cookies (not your average kind- these are flavored with spices like cumin and caraway), and everything else. Don't let the juvenile look of the website fool you, this is first-rate Indian food, the kind you don't usually cook at home because its wayy too complicated.
What did I order?
Masala bhujia , which are tiny vermicelli like pieces made of gram and bean flour. Very spicy. You can try the plain kind, the kind flavored with lemon, or the one with fenugreek leaves. I prefer Aloo bhujia, which is the same shape made out of potatoes instead. Serve with tea and gossip any time of the day.
Dhodha burfi, dessert squares made of milk solids and wheat flour. Rich, dense, delicious. Easy to freeze, excellent re-warmed.
These are for A's birthday surprise.
Moong daal burfi, more dessert squares, made of moong daal, clarified butter and sugar. Heaven on a plate. [ I hope you're reading this, Julie.]
This is for me.
*If your Indian friends haven't told you about this, it is because they are buying family packs of everything and stocking their freezer before word gets out.