If you’ve ever found yourself wandering down Drummond Street in Euston, you’ve most probably seen Gupta’s Confectioners, which is definitely an institution when it comes to Indian sweets and snacks, having been established in 1979. You’ve probably also caught a whiff of the wonderful aromas from the amazing sweet and savoury treats they sell too! This is a multi-generational run establishment and very much loved across London.
They currently have 3 stores in London – Drummond Street, Hendon and Kingsbury. But even better, they offer nationwide delivery too so you can get the Gupta’s experience delivered straight to your door.
I was sent a lovely, and very generous selection of sweet and savoury snacks to try. First up from the savoury, as I am lucky enough to be in close proximity to their stores, I got to try a selection of their hot snacks. These are available for click and collect and trust me, picking them up from a store closest to you will be so worth it!
Their Samosas are legendary. I have had so many people message me to tell me how much they love them and crave them and believe me, the hype is real! They are so damn tasty!
Similarly, the Veg Cutlets were packed full of flavour with a lovely crisp exterior and soft pillowy interior of lightly spiced potatoes and mixed vegetables .
Onion Bhajis, which are sliced onions mixed in a spiced chickpea batter and fried, were sublime. They went very well with Cider (Brothers Parma Violet to be exact) and quite addictive. I always find that once you start munching on Bhajis there is a total loss of any sort of self-control.
My guilty pleasure, Dhoklas, was absolutely divine. I will definitely be ordering these again as the batter was full of flavour unlike other shop bought Dhokla I have tried before, and they were so soft and moist. I really enjoyed these for breakfast again the next day. It is the kind of snack that is perfect at any time and also perfect to take on a picnic if we get lucky with the weather again!
Next up the sweet selection, of which I was truly spoilt. There was a box filled with a range of Mithai to try, of which my absolute favourite was the Chocolate Barfi followed by the Bundi Ladoo. I really want to try their Plain Peda next as that is one of my weaknesses.
Then there was Gulab Jamun, which when warmed up and eaten with a dollop of ice cream is just amazing!
The pièce de résistance for me though, was the Jalebi, which are spiral shaped crisp and juicy sweets usually made from all purpose flour, gram flour and sugar syrup. I can never resist them and I am so grateful that there was a really generous portion of them in the box that arrived as it kept my Jalebi fix going for a few days. Trust me there were a few late night journeys made to the fridge to indulge!
Fun fact: Jalebi did not originate in India! The first reference of it was in the 13th century in a cookbook titled, ‘Kitab al-Tabeekh’ as ‘Zalabiya’ with its origin in West Asia. Zalabiya was introduced to Indian cuisine in the medieval time and then took on the name Jalebi in the 15th century when the Jain author Jinasura talked about it in the famous scripture Priyamkarnrpakatha.
I couldn’t fault anything that I tried. The savoury selection was all so flavourful, tasty and the best bit, not dripping in oil like in other places. The sweet selection made me very happy and I am definitely getting my Diwali mithai (and more Jalebi) from Gupta’s this year!
If you would like to try a selection to be delivered to your home nationwide, or even to order a selection as a surprise for someone, you can use the code ‘BINNY‘ at checkout for 15% off.
You can find their full range and order on their website: https://guptas.co.uk/
I was kindly sent a complimentary selection to try but all views and photos are my own.