Remember those days when rakhi was all about a sparkling blob of threads and some fancy designs that covered your entire wrist? Made with shiny golden paper, some sponge and a few beads, rakhis were all about bright colours, and the bigger they were, the better.
However, with time, the designs evolved — from bejewelled rakhis to eco-friendly ones — you will find every type in the market. And now, edible rakhis are also showing up. Sweet shops and home chefs are getting experimental and coming up with interesting edible rakhis this festival season.
DRY FRUIT RAKHIS
Located in Baner and Camp, the city-based sweet destination, Dadu’s Sweet Emporio, Pune, is offering edible rakhis made of dry fruits. Priced between Rs 50 and 100, these delicious rakhis are a great substitute for your usual laddoos and barfis.
Rushil Dadu, owner, Dadu Sweet Emporio, Pune, says, “We have different varieties of dry fruits like dried fig, cashew nuts, almond, pistachio and dates for the edible rakhis, which also makes them healthy treats that you can gift your brothers this Raksha Bandhan. Coming to the design, the edible rakhis are round in shape and look like actual rakhis to keep the sentiments associated with Raksha Bandhan intact.”
Dadu feels that like most Indian festivals, Raksh Bandhan too is incomplete without mithai. Talking about the inspiration behind bringing out edible rakhis, he says that the idea was born from the tradition of sisters offering brothers mithai after tying rakhi. “We brought about an innovation to this concept by creating edible rakhis. We wanted to give people something to remember. Tying the thread and losing it after the festival is over is the usual thing. Hence we thought why not bring smiles on people’s faces by letting them eat the rakhis instead of losing them,” explains Dadu.
The shelf life of these rakhis are four days, however, you need not preserve them in the fridge as they remain fresh at room temperature. The edible rakhis are wrapped in paper and attached to the thread.
Dadu’s Sweet Emporio is located at Deron Heights, Baner, and 13, East Street, Hulshur, Camp, and open from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm
A CHOCOLATY TWIST
Who doesn’t like chocolate? Whether you are a 10-or a 60-year-old, your love for chocolate never wanes. Now imagine having a chocolate rakhis that you could both tie and eat?
Riddhi Shah, city-based sweet maker and entrepreneur, creates edible chocolate rakhis which are a big hit among the old and young. Made from 100 per cent homemade chocolate, Shah not only gives a special twist to her rakhis but can customise them for you.
She says that people don’t keep wearing the rakhi throughout the year, which means the money spent on it goes waste, hence if the rakhi can be consumed, it can give people more happiness and satisfaction.
“It is amusing to see the surge in demand for customised rakhis. They not only want rakhis for their brothers, but they also get edible rakhis made for their pets with messages like ‘best brother’ etc on them. We use edible ink to make faces of people and pets on the rakhi. Since the base of the rakhis is white the colourful designs on top look very attractive,” says Shah adding that apart from kids, grown-ups also like them. She has a lot of customers in Delhi and so far, she has already sold almost 400 rakhis in Pune.
Since chocolates have a longer shelf life, they make for perfect edible rakhi ingredients. “The rakhis are priced between Rs 80 and Rs 100, however, the rates go higher with further customisation and detailing added to the designs,” adds Shah who also makes edible lumba rakhi for bhabhis (sisters-in-law).
You can place an order through her Facebook page www.facebook.com/riddhi.shah.186. She accepts payment through PayTM, Tez, BHIM app etc and delivers through courier. Cash on delivery option is not available.