Enjoy the taste of India at home for Diwali

Enjoy the taste of India at home for Diwali

Diwali is India’s biggest holiday of the year.  It is known as the Festival of Lights and usually runs for five days. It is celebrated around the world by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.

This year, the main date for Diwali is the 27th of October. The festival itself starts two days before and carries on for two days afterwards.

Diwali is a very colourful event full of fireworks, candles, lamps, coloured sand and good food.  Diwali coincides with the Hindu New Year and the new moon. The festival celebrates new beginnings. It is a time for getting together with family and friends, a time for love, reflection, forgiveness, joy and sharing.

To celebrate Diwali, we have selected some products that will bring the spirit of India to your own home!

Diwali Chai Imperial tea by Palais des thés

Spiced teas that will warm you up

India is famous for all its beautiful spices: cardamon, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric… A wide range of ingredients to awaken your senses!

If you fancy a bit of India in your cup, try the Chai Imperial tea by Palais des thés: a loose leaf black tea with green cardamom, pink berries, cinnamon, ginger, cloves… This spicy, fragrant tea is a traditional drink in India, best enjoyed with milk and sugar.

 

 

Dammann Frères has caffeine-free alternatives with their “Lovely Chaï” herbal tea or their Rooibos Chaï .

Diwali Dammann Frères Lovely Chai herbal tea caffeine-free

 

If you don’t have a tea infuser and prefer using tea bags, don’t panic, there is something for you too!

French brand Monbana also has a powder version: The Anamsaïa Chaï Latte.

And for a gluten-free option (because we don’t want anybody to be left out), check out the Spiced Chaï powder by One&Only.

 

Diwali Monsooned coffee India

India, the 6th coffee producer in the world

Although India is mostly known for its tea, the country has been growing coffee for many centuries. Monsooned coffee is the Indian specialty coffee to look out for: it is either Arabica or Robusta beans that are left exposed to the monsoon elements for weeks. The result of this process is a delightful aromatic coffee with no acidity but great intensity. If you are tempted, we suggest the Malabar Monsooned by Jura.

 

 

For the real coffee geeks out there who like to roast their own coffee beans, you can even get a bag of Monsooned Malabar AA green coffee beans!

 

Robusta coffee produced in India is known as being one of the best in the world. It is loved by fans of a super strong espresso because of its intensity and the beautiful crema it creates. If that sounds appealing to you, get the Cherry coffee beans by Cafés Lugat.

If you are more of a Nespresso pods kind of person and love a big caffeine hit in the morning, why not try the Raja Indian coffee pods for Nespresso by Cosmai Caffè?

Diwali Indian women in tea plantation

Indian teas for purists

Finally, we couldn’t end our little tour of India without mentioning their unmissable teas! Did you know that India was the second biggest producer AND exporter of tea after China?

Darjeeling is the most prestigious Indian tea, often given the name the “Champagne of Tea”. The “first flush” harvests take place from mid-March to the end of April, delivering a lively and delicate aromatic tea. If you have never tried it before, we have put together a Darjeeling selection pack just for you!

 

Are you after a stronger black tea? Then you should turn to Assam tea (grown in the region bearing the same name in North-East India). Assam is commonly used in blends for English Breakfast tea because of its caffeine content and its strong malty flavour. For a high quality and pure Assam loose leaf tea, look out for this lovely tin from Dammann Frères.  And if you are searching for the perfect teabag to throw in your cup in the morning, The English Breakfast tea selection pack is waiting for you!

 

It is now time for me to leave you to decide how you are going to bring a little bit of India into your home!

And to those of you who will be taking part in the celebrations, I wish you all a bright Happy Diwali with your nearest and closest!

 

Happy Diwali

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