Sweets, lights and crackers. Diwali is just around the corner. And we can’t wait to gorge on our favourite sweets and receive attractive gifts. And when we talk about gifts, how can we forget about the cube-shaped, flaky epic dabbas of soan papdis!
Soan papdi is one of the traditional Indian sweets and is available in various flavours such as saffron, mango, strawberry, pineapple and chocolate. No matter how much we crib, every year, beautifully wrapped boxes of soan papdi certainly find its way to our homes during this season. While some enjoy the delicious flakes that have a crisp and flaky texture, others play ‘forwarded message’ with the mithai ka dabba.
Netizens are sharing hilarious memes, jokes and videos about the festival and soan papdi so much so that #soanpapdi and #Diwalikisafai are among the most popular hashtags.
Just like pitha is to Bihu, modak is to Ganesh Chaturthi and jalebi is to Durga Puja, soan papdi has become synonymous with the festival of lights. But not everyone waits to receive that box of Indian sweets. Hence, Time8 caught up with some popular Guwahati-based food bloggers to know what if not soan papdis.
Food blogger Priyanka Paul said, “Customised cupcakes and chocolates are very popular this year. Also, I think kalakand, rabri, phirni, shrikhand can be great gifting options to break the monotony of soan papdi.”
Another blogger, Kabyashree Deka suggested banarasi laddoos and Kaju barfi as an alternate option for soan papdi. “Kaju barfis are a great option to gift during Diwali. They are dry sweets and are available in different flavours these days,” Deka said.
On the other hand, food blogger Aneesha suggested choosing a box full of assorted sweets for Deepavali. “This option can never go wrong. You can mix and match your choice of mithais,” she added with glee.
However, food blogger Prita Deka said that “nothing can beat or replace soan papdi” during the Diwali. “Soan papdi and Diwali are synonymous. You cannot take soan papdi out of the festivities. Soan papdi is not just a sweet, it’s an emotion.”
Whatever may be your pick, don’t forget to add sweetness to your loved ones’ life by spending time with them, lighting diyas and enjoying a meal. This Diwali, be the reason for someone else’s happiness.