Where to find the best gourmet food brands in your city
Fine-dining like a queen has never been easier
To a 90s kid, ‘pizza’ was a pasty bread base from the local kirana drizzled with melted Amul cheese. Forget pepperoni, mozzarella and jalapeno — the toppings on these homemade delights looked suspiciously like what went into pav bhaji.
Today, you’re not reliant on your Greecewale uncle’s travel plans to dive, mouth-first, into a crumble of feta cheese. You could just get your yearly supply shipped to you from Chennai. Gourmet food brands are mushrooming all over India. From nut butters and artisanal breads to exotic dips and mouth-watering jams, these small-scale ventures are bringing gourmet to our dining tables and replacing preservative-pumped food with healthy alternatives that taste, look, and feel better than ever before.
Scroll through our list of preservative-free, sustainable gourmet food brands from across India, and try not to drool.
Homegrown gourmet food brands we love
Kodai Cheese, Bathlagundu
From a homemade cambrie to toss into your salads to a pungent blue to pair with your wines, Kodai Cheese’s offerings are both diverse and delicious. Launched in 1972, the small factory has now grown to become a full-fledged organic farm on the outskirts of Bathlagundu in Tamil Nadu. Kodai Cheese’s clientele ranges from luxury hotels and international airlines to cheese lovers across the country.
Oven Spring, Bangalore
If carbs have been the sole reason behind all your failed diets then, this is the place for you. Oven Spring’s menu consists of French baguettes, Italian ciabattas, Vietnamese Banh Mi and American burger buns. Founders Pierre and Ponnanna ensure that all their bread is baked using unbleached flour, and is free of preservatives and sugar.
Head to their Instagram page to know more.
Cheese magic is the only way you can describe Käse’s genius creations. All their cheeses are made using antibiotic-free, unpasturized milk. Founded by Namrata Sundaresan and Anuradha Krishnamoorthy, Käse marries flavours and ingredients in the most ingenious of ways. Malgai Podi cheese for the lovers of south Indian cuisine and Ruby Feta (infused with beetroot and roast garlic) for the contemporary palette – they have something special for everyone.
Head to their website to order yourself some cheesy goodness.
The Picnik Basket, Mumbai
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The Picnik Basket promises to deliver “jars of joy” and we can’t help but agree. Their nut butters will more than satisfy your sweet tooth while their savoury spreads act as healthy quick fixes to your mid-day hunger pangs. We have our eye on their slow roasted bruschetta mix.
The Picnik Basket’s healthy goodies are now available on Scootsy.
Yellow Butterfly, Mumbai
If you are patrons of the snacking squad and are looking for healthier gourmet food brands for your evening binge, then you’re in for a treat. Yellow Butterfly’s homemade dips, spreads and dressings are healthy, preservative-free and packed with flavour. As for us, we can’t wait to get our hands on their strawberry vinaigrette.
Click here and pick your favourite healthy treat.
Bhuira Jams, Himachal Pradesh
A picnic blanket, a hot pot of tea, finger food with Bhuira Jams’ guava jelly, and you have yourself a less sinful version of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Made using produce from Himachal and its neighbouring areas, Bhura Jams’ jams and chutneys are packed with tonnes of flavours. All Bhuira Jams products are said to have 50% whole fruits and despite being completely preservative-free, have a shelf-life of two years. They also offer local delicacies like the bichhua-mango chutney.
Bhuira Jams products are available on their website.
Earthbowl Farms, Jaipur
Earthbowl Farms, located on the outskirts of Jaipur, perfectly marries traditional practices with advanced technology. Bring sustainability to your dining tables with their selection of gourmet butters, cheeses, sauces, breads, and more. We can’t wait to start our day with toast and a dollop of their truffle-infused butter.
Visit their website to explore their range of delicious organic food.
The Gourmet Jar, Gurugram
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Conceptualised in 2012 by founder Apeksha Jain, The Gourmet Jar offers a range of jams, preserves, mustards, relishes and spreads. All the preparations are 100 per cent organic, completely preservative-free and are made using fresh produce. What caught our eye was their diabetic-friendly range of sugar-free products.
Head to their website to explore their range of bottled goodness.
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