These entrepreneurs promote traditional sweets and savories made of millets, heritage rice, jaggery and karupatti from Tamil Nadu’s farms
Forty-three-year-old Hima Kiran, as soon as an engineer by occupation, is now a full-time agriculturist, cultivating over 60 acres of land in Komakkambedu, Thiruvallur district, in addition to in 4 different villages in Thindivanam and Villupuram. “By funding and supporting other small scale farmers in the region, we at Namma Farm are promoting organic food production. We started offering hampers last year,” says Hima.
“We collaborate with Chennai’s Organic Positive, to make sweets and savories from produce from the dsitricts,” he provides. This Deepavali, Namma Farm provide kambu Mysore pak, thinai laddu, Mappilai samba rice-based adhirasam, samai combination and varagu murukku. Hapmers with assortment of sweets and savories are offered as 500 grams and one kilogram packing containers.
Chennai-based Spirit of the Earth’s Deepavali hamper options heritage rice sourced from their farm at Manjakudi close to Thanjavur. That is just not all. “The chillies are from Palani, urad dal from Chidambaram, oil from Thiruvannamalai, Thooyamalli from the delta belt, nattu sarkarai from Anthiyur in Erode, cashews from Adhanakottai, desiccated coconut from Batlagundu, Kadalaiparuppu from Karur….” lists Jayanthi Somasundaram coordinator of Spirit of the Earth, an organisation that focusses on conservation and cultivation of heritage rice varieties.
Ingredients are forged iron pan roasted, solar dried and stone floor to make it simple to cook dinner three candy, savoury and spiced heritage rice blends. The hamper contains notes on every grain, elements, and cooking directions.
The hamper is priced at ₹1250, and the price contains free transport throughout India.
Visit www.spiritoftheearth.in Call: 9500082142
In 2014, when the firm was launched, 1,000 farmers contributed ₹1,000 per head and turned shareholders. The organisation based mostly out of Pudukottai, helps them by procuring their produce, creating value-added merchandise, and promoting them. “Our products include rice and millet flours (for dosa, adai, puttu), rice flakes, sweets and snacks. Though we offer traditional snacks all round the year, we have more items during the festival,” says Ahila Bharathi, the CEO.
She says that they’re nicely geared up with equipment, together with the facility to make groundnut oils utilized in the snacks. Ghee is sourced from native farms. “We avoid processed sugar, and use jaggery, palm jaggery (karupatti) and nattusakkarai,” she provides. For Deepavali, they’ve Mappilai samba seedai, Karuppugavuni adhirasam, Thinai combination, three sorts of murukku made with completely different heritage rice and millet karasev.
Orders could be shipped throughout India. Bulk orders accepted.
Visit www.pudhigaiorganics.org.in Call: 6383112234
The identify means ‘unto perfection’ in Tamil. Patham was launched in 2017 by a group of 5 buddies in Chennai, and expanded to Madurai this 12 months. Perumal Raj, one of the founders, says that they needed to popularise traditional rural sweets and savouries made of palm jaggery and palm sugar crystals. As we don’t add components or preservatives the shelf life of these merchandise are lower than mass produced gadgets. Also our merchandise could not look vibrant however in several shades of brown or black. But resulting from continued help from our clients unfold throughout the nation, we’ve opened Patham Sweets in Madurai,” says Perumal.
Patham procures traditional snacks from two manufactures, in Sivakasi and Madurai. “We are also collaborating with palm tree climbers to motivate them to make karupatti on a larger scale, and are also researching dishes that can be made using palm fruit (panam pazham) and palm roots (panam kizhangu),” he says. Pala dhanya karupatti halwa made of a number of millet flours and coconut oil, seeraga samba karupatti jangri and kambu coconut oil cookies are their bestsellers.
Shipping throughout Tamil Nadu. To place the orders, call: 9940545122
The staff at the natural retailer reStore, in Kottivakkam, is busy organising a Deepavali Eco-Bazaar scheduled for the finish of the month. The all-day occasion contains arts, crafts, garments, sweets and snacks that may be bought instantly from the makers. Home decor merchandise and items made of palm leaf, terracotta and coconut shells; garments by Tula and Porgai; and backyard necessities will likely be offered. Workshops on clay modelling, drawing, palm leaf weaving and puppet making will likely be carried out at the venue which is open for kids and adults.
At 6 pm there may be a puppet present for kids. Teas and juices are by Vananeeli and baked goodies and sandwishes are by Prana. You can pre-order your Deepavali bakshanams, made by NGOs supporting the farming group in rural Tamil Nadu, and choose it up at the honest.
The Deepavali Eco-Bazaar at reStore, Kottivakkam. October 31, 10 am to 7 pm. To regsier for workshops and to pre-order sweets, call: 24921093