The best authentic sweets
No action packed story here, only a little sweet one (no pun intended!). The brother and sister team, Roopa and Jay Rawal are the founding partners of Devnaa. The journey for them began at their kitchen table with relatives and friends praising Roopa’s home made Indian desserts, in particular the chocolate barfi (pronounced ber-fee, which is a modern twist on a traditional Indian sweet). Roopa’s knowledge of authentic Indian cooking had been learned from her Mother’s superb recipes and also from her Grandmother’s guidelines. Their grandmother was famous amongst the local community for making the best Indian sweets! Roopa and Jay knew that if they were going to make tasty treats available to the rest of the world they would have to surpass all expectations people associated with traditional Indian sweets and chocolate.
So off Jay travelled to India to research the best authentic sweets; and Roopa to the ‘Slattery School of Excellence’ to learn about artisan chocolate. Whilst in India Jay visited the city of Jamnagar and discovered what he could only describe as the best fresh Indian sweets he’s ever tasted! He decided to buy a few boxes to take back home. The kind shop owner – Mr Vyas (or mithai wala as they are commonly known - or as Jay is now known at his local post office!) spoke in detail about his family’s genuine passion for making Indian sweets (mithai) ever since they opened their first store in 1918.