The Ghantewala confectionery shop is more than two centuries old.
At present, only online orders are being taken at the shop.
Swad Ka Safarnama: There is a good news for the people of Delhi in this festive season. Delhi’s oldest ie ‘Ghantewala’ confectioner, who runs a shop during the Mughal period, is now going to make and feed sweets again. This shop opened in Chandni Chowk during the Mughal era, about 232 years ago, was closed seven years ago due to some reasons, but due to the pressure of the fans to maintain the ancestral heritage and now enjoy both the taste and smell of the sweets of this confectioner. can be taken. At present, special sweets of this ancestral confectionery will be available online only. His intention is that he can start his old shop in Chandni Chowk again.
Sweets also change according to the season
Leave aside any confectionery shop in Delhi, there will hardly be any such shop which has been spreading its color since the Mughal period. Opened in the year 1790 in Chandni Chowk, this shop was spreading its glory till 7 years ago. There was a time when you pass through the Chandni Chowk market and you start to smell the sweets wrapped in the smell of desi ghee, then understand that you are passing near the ‘Ghantewala Confectionery’ shop. Now this ‘shop’ has reopened. At present, selective sweets will be available online, which has been the hallmark of this shop.
The price of sweets ranges from Rs 650 to Rs 850 per kg.
These include Sohan Halwa, Mysore Pak, Patisa, Doda Barfi Karachi Halwa, Apple Badam Barfi. The price of these sweets dipped in desi ghee ranges from Rs 650 to Rs 850 per kg. These sweets can be ordered by ordering on this confectioner’s website www.ghantewala.in.
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There was pressure to maintain the ancestral heritage
The eighth generation of this confectionery family has started in its ancient business. Sushant Jain as the seventh generation and his two lads of the eighth generation have started handling their family abilities in a hi-tech way. Sushant says that when he closed his family shop in the year 2015, apart from the people of Delhi, people from all over the country and abroad also called and expressed their regret for closing the shop. Apart from many family members, some companies also offered them that you open a shop, we will help in every way. But the mind was cold about opening the shop.
Later, the pressure of maintaining the ancestral heritage started falling on them, apart from this, people’s belongingness also started motivating them to make sweets. Son Aryan Jain and daughter Pari Jain also urged that ‘Papa, start family work, we will start our business in a different way.’
Ladles adopted a new way to sell
He says that when the mind was empowered, he went abroad to understand the modern confectionery system and took the training of chefs, so that new types of sweets and cakes-pastries etc. could be made in the future. After that the work started. A workshop has been set up in South Delhi. When the son, who has studied management from Bangalore, took over the responsibility of marketing, then the daughter has started promoting sweets. Along with the old way, we have also incorporated quality and modern method of making sweets. Efforts will be made that we come to offline mode soon and our Chandni Chowk shop will start spreading fragrance again. Our sweets can also be ordered from the food supply company.
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Thus the name of the hourglass confectioner
Sushant remains silent about why he closed the ancestral shop seven years ago. Now listen to the history of this confectionery. When this shop opened in Chandni Chowk, the Mughal ruler Shah Alam II was ruling the entire country from the Red Fort. This shop was started by Lala Sukhlal Jain. It is said that when the emperor’s royal ride on an elephant passed through Chandni Chowk, his elephant stopped in front of this shop and started waving loudly the bells on its neck. The confectioner used to feed it sweets with great love, then this elephant used to walk ahead. Since then the name of this shop has become Ghantewala. This family came from Rajasthan and Lalaji started making sweets at the age of 16.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 20, 2022, 07:03 IST