Switching to local products and supporting small businesses. This is the year to be vocal for local.
We are all moving towards leading a more conscious and sustainable lifestyle. However, if you look back, our ancestors were always connoisseurs of handmade products. Whether it was weaving intricate clothes, or preparing elaborate snacks and achaars, home grown products have always been popular in India.
Here are 10 home grown products that we love.
Begum Victoria cheese
Begum Victoria, at the heart of Bangaluru is an urban artisanal cheese haven run by Manu Chandra, Shruti Golchha and Pooja Reddy. They have an assortment of cheeses ranging from all kinds of European varieties; made and aged in-house like Fontina and Bel Passe from Italy, Havarti from Denmark, a good old brie, Gruyere, Monterey Jack and Tomme Styles. If you are looking to make a cheese platter this Christmas, Begum Victoria is the place for you.
No.3 Clive Road has the finest collection of teas from across the country. The founder, Radhika Chopra started it with a mission to put India's favourite beverage on the global map. No.3 Clive Road's exclusive tea blends include, the Kashmiri Kahwa, the Jodhpuri blend, Triveni blend, Malabar blend, and Varanasi blend among many others. It is all local, ethical, and herbal. https://threecliveroad.com/
This bean-to-bar chocolate range was founded by Jane Mason and Fabien Bontems who explored the cacao industry in India and started experimenting with the beans to make fine chocolate. All their chocolates are made from locally sourced, harvested and processed cacao from the farms in Tamil Nadu. All their products are hand-crafted by an all female workforce and include a variety of flavours. https://www.masonchocolate.com/
This quirky sauce company (as it is evident from the name) is youthful and millennial at heart. Naagin hot sauce is an ode to India's love for chillies and packs a lot of heat in each of its bottles. Their original hot sauce is made from the Sankeshwari chillies of Kolhapur. They also sell a hot sauce made from the Bhut Jolokia (ghose pepper) from Assam. In addition to this, the product is 100% vegan, ethically sourced, and uses fresh premium ingredients. https://naaginsauce.com/hotsauce/
Araku has now come to be known as one of the premium coffee brands in India and is recognized globally too. The coffee beans are hand-picked by farmers in Araku valley in Andhra Pradesh and are roasted to perfection. They have recently launched a line of fine brewing equipment that you can check out on their website. https://www.arakucoffee.in/
Bhuira jams prides itself on employing an all women workforce to make their artisanal jams and preserves. Bhuira is a small village in Himachal Pradesh that sees an abundance of apples, pears, guavas, and stone fruits (apricot, plum, peaches). Bhuira jams take advantage of this fresh local produce and make preservative-free jams that taste like home. https://www.bhuirajams.com/
Like every other brand on this list, Granology also started with a little experimenting in the home kitchen. It is focussed on combined health and taste. Their range of granolas include a classic, coconut, chocolate chip, and fruit & berry among many. They also sell granola butters which can be a healthy replacement to your regular butter. It is vegan and nut-free. http://granology.in/shop/
If you are the person who likes to skip the alcohol at a party once in a while but still like the taste of a good cocktail, Svami drinks is for you. It has an exclusive range of non-alcoholic drinks to choose from. Pink Gin & Tonic, Rum & Cola, and Gin & Tonic are some of their flavour options. https://svamidrinks.com/
Sepoy and Co. based in New Delhi is one of its kind. They introduced a range of premium low-sugar botanical mixers made from the finest oils and flavours. Some of the mixers they offer are Hibiscus, Elderflower, Spiced grapefruit and Mint. https://sepoyandco.com/collections/all
Soklet is India's first and only tree-to bar chocolate range. The entire process of making Soklet chocolate is single origin i.e comes from a single place. Soklets's offerings include chocolate bars with varieties like Filter Kaapi, Mint and Nibs, Bhut Jolokia Chilli (yes it is a chocolate bar), and coconut crunch among many others. https://soklet.in/collections/bars-2