Pune: In these changing times, when everything that is traditional is being given an unexpected twist, a baker in eastern Pune has given a facelift to ordinary farals and other goodies associated with Diwali celebrations.
Think of a killa (fort), diya, lantern and crackers made of chocolate. These tempting artifacts along with the assorted chocolates are prepared by Vikram Murthy of Murthy’s Bakery in Somwar Peth. “When I came up with the idea of making killas, divas, lanterns and crackers, the biggest challenge I faced was to create the same look, feel and texture as the actual things,” he said.
Anand Pawar, a businessman, who had purchased the chocolate killa, said, “I surprised my son with the chocolate killa and he was delighted to see it. He invited all his friends and neighbours to see the creative killa and some even tasted a bit of it. My son is inspired by these creative thoughts of Murthy.”
Murthy has also created chocolatier version of farals - the delicacies like chakali, karanji, shev and laddu made in Maharashtra as part of Diwali celebrations. Murthy has prepared chocolate karanji stuffed with dry coconut to ensure a longer shelf. Similarly, he has made laddu and shev with convoluted detailing to resemble the actual texture of the originals.
Murthy says for a single killa, one and half kg chocolate is required and it is hollow from inside. He added that the dolls on the killa are made out of soil, but from next year, he would create the dolls of chocolate.
The chocolate faral was earlier available in dark chocolate, but this year, Murthy has introduced the faral in white chocolate.
The USP of the crackers like sutli bomb and anar is that one could find amazing surprises of fillings inside the crackers. The diva is also handmade, Murthy explained.