This Christmas if you’re seeking boutique gifts that are as unique as the people you’re buying them for, might we kindly point you in the direction of some truly exciting young South Asian businesses with an offering of choice gifts that can be considered for Christmas and beyond.
From natural skincare and darling bijoux to subscription meals, abstract prints and sustainable scents, here’s a top selection that will be sure to surprise and delight.
Anisha Parmar London:— A delightful selection of contemporary jewellery celebrating South Asian history, mythology, heritage and culture. Each piece is thoughtfully designed and handcrafted by Anisha, evolving into modern-day heirlooms charged with stories and emotions that journey through time.
Alighieri:— A fine addition to carefully curated trinket collections. Inspired by Italian poet and scholar Dante Alighieri and rooted in literature and art, each fragmented talisman in Rosh Mahtani’s demi-fine jewellery shop is designed to be a constant companion through life’s many wanderings.
PULP:— Designer Jaz Bhogal’s work is derived from her interest in the female body. Her curated digital prints are available to buy and are the perfect addition to the walls of a bedroom, living room, hallway and suchlike.
Chai Paani:— The ideal gifts include: candles with gorgeously designed labels, nostalgic scents and memories from the homeland, and typographic canvas totes to carry it all home. A sizeable selection of both is available to buy at Chai Paani.
Mela Jewellery:— Indispensable everyday jewellery that’s testament to a life consciously lived. Sustainable (and largely recycled) metals are handpicked and handcrafted by founder Deepa Mistry into dainty, minimal designs suitable for all kinds of persons and styles.
DabbaDrop:— A gift subscription delivered right to the door, Bombay-style. Bring it in, unpack the stainless steel dabba and dive into the rich flavours of South Asia through the plant-based, homemade meals. With a revolving menu each week, it’s a culinary journey without the long-haul flight.
Biskut Bar:— Introduce your pantry cupboards to biscuits and bites inspired by snacks and flavours from the subcontinent. Opt for savoury Jeera Biskut or unwavering aromatic rusk, subtly-sweet Besan Ladoo Biskut, Nankhatai and more. Order them as stocking fillers or as a selection packed together in well-designed and aptly-named tins.
Kaapi:— Gift the joy of frothy, creamy South Indian filter coffee with Kaapi. Grown in South India, the medium-roast blend is available in individual bags or as part of a handy subscription. Choose the accompanying brass accessories for the traditional brewing experience.
Mauli Rituals:— Ancient Indian medicine Ayurveda comes together with aromatherapy for a gentle range of products for the skin, hair, body and mind. For the lovers of all-things-natural,, a gift from Mauli Rituals will be much appreciated.
Fable and Mane:— An indulgent offering of vegan, clean and cruelty-free hair wellness products, inspired at the root by the Indian tradition of hair oiling. So, put your hair up and peruse their many gifts.
Śurū:— Meaning ‘Begin’, Śurū offer a range of fragranced candles and limited-edition artisanal objects inspired by their life in London and their roots in the Punjab. Top scents for all your beloved noses.
Kera:— Calming soy wax candles capturing scents influenced by a life lived in Kerala, and in reusable amber jars that can be held on to and given a second life.
Should you be looking for gifts and sundries from the Dishoom Store, you may peruse our alternative gift guide here to explore our all-new range.
The phone keeps ringing shrilly through the flat. Nauzer holds his head in his hands, palms clamped over his ears. “Beta, the phone!” He forgot his mother would still be here. He can’t have her answering in case it is Devia. He runs into the corridor to pick it up. It stops just before he can reach it. Breathless, he looks up and sees his mother in the kitchen.
Tucked away in a lovely corner of Wood Wharf, Dishoom Canary Wharf is now officially open and ready to welcome you all. The marble-top bar is ready to hold your drink, the textured, patterned (and extremely comforting) chairs are waiting to be kept warm and the hand-painted mural and carefully curated art – from Bombay and beyond – are waiting to be part of your conversations.
This chicken biryani is our homage to Britannia’s chicken berry pulao, using cranberries in place of the more authentic Persian barberries, which are tricky to find. (Despite much cajoling, Mr Kohinoor has never shared his wife’s famous recipe.) It is prepared in the kacchi style, originating from Hyderabad, in which marinated raw meat goes into the pot, to be cooked at the same time as the rice.
No party is complete without some delectable pours to toast the host with the most. For the crafty amongst us, bring out the shakers and strainers and the channel knife and pour your energy into building our festive concoction – The Taj Ballroom Toddy. A warming tipple inspired by The Taj Mahal Palace hotel, where Bombay’s jazz age was born.