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Apr 17, 2012 01:03 AM

Chennai, India - Traditional Indian sweets at the Grand Sweets, T. Nagar

The cashewnut-studded Ladoos, Doodh Pedas, Double Deckers, Buttery-smooth Kathalis, Milky Burfis and Mysore Paks (including one made with Horlicks malt powder) – stepping into the Grand Sweets was like entering a veritable sugar-spice-and-everything-nice paradise. The question was not what to order, but how much sugar my body could take before I go into insulin shock. The candy store was so beautiful, it can make a Bengali weep.

Others snacks to be had were also heavenly: crisp-crusted vegetable samosas, and bean-filled Thanjavur polis. I was at the T.Nagar outlet, but the takeaway box I had showed at least 4 other outlets around town.

Address details
Grand Sweets
37/18 Bazullah Road
T. Nagar
Chennai – 600017
Tel: +91-42124466

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  1. My somebody has a sweet tooth! I think the only sweet we've ever received from there was "adhirasam". Flat & deep fried similar to a donut, but a more dense pastry. It has its fans.

    In addition to the thattai murukku I mentioned in the other thread, we also like the savory banana chips & "mixture". I didn't mention the other two because I wasn't 100% sure if they were picked up from GS. Being a saltaholic, glad I only receive these things once in a while here in the States.

    Also, I believe in-laws usually go to the original Adyar location; I wasn't aware of the expansion.

    Again, thanks for the detailed write ups.

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    1. re: ceekskat

      "My somebody has a sweet tooth!"

      You've got that right! :-D

      Wished I can go out more, but I was actually minimizing my movements the last couple of days as I got a terrible sun-burn from my Sunday excursion to Mahabalipuram (that incredible UNESCO World Heritage 7th-century temple complex). It was a hot day with 100% humidity. My shirt was soaked through after only 1 hour and I unwisely thought I'd remove my shirt and get a tan as well. By mid-afternoon, I was lobster-red. Now, the skin on my back is peeling and I can't lean back on a chair properly, and have to sit ram-rod straight when dining out in a restaurant :-(

    2. Interesting!

      How different - or similar - is this place, and its offerings, to the comparable places in Bangalore and in KL or S'pore? What overlap is there btw Mysorean and Tamil sweets in their native places and what carry-over to M'sia/S'pore is there? "From Previously" [the South Indian diaspora] vs current times?

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      1. re: huiray

        Very similar tastes to the Indian sweets you'd get in Malaysia or Singapore, huiray, although the quality of products here are much better - richer milk/ghee flavors, marvellous textures, and a far wider choice.

        I see most of these types of sweets in Singapore - perhaps because of the tremendous growth in the Indian diaspora in Singapore in the past decade. Previously, Singapore's Indian community was very much Tamil-dominated like in Malaysia's, with tiny sprinklings of Sikhs, Malayalees, Telugus and Bengalis. Not so now, the Indian food scene in Singapore reflects that.

        In KL. which I admittedly had not really explored as much so far, I noticed that it's still pretty much Tamil-accented. There are some North Indian restaurants (the tandoori, naan types) but no other specialised regional restaurants as such.

        1. re: klyeoh

          Thanks. I'd been wondering about similarities/conservation of methods or forms since you posted about the sweets you had in Bangalore.

          BTW have you ever seen this old thread?

          1. re: huiray

            No, I've not seen this thread actually. Confession: I don't like Chinese desserts ever - with one exception: the peanut crsam soup with "wo ping" (beanpaste or lotuspaste-filled pancakes).

            When it comes to Asian sweets, my fave are Nyonya kuehs (though I just happened to have some of the worst Nyonya kueh in the world at Bee's Kopitiam, Chennai, last night.).

            1. re: klyeoh

              I like "wo ping" with "Almond Tea". :-)

              1. re: klyeoh

                Bee's Kopitiam at the Express Avenue mall's food court: also served "Malaysian" curry laksa (which was replete with masala spices) besides the aforementioned 'worst "kueh lapis" and "seri kaya" I'd ever had in my life'! ;-)

                1. re: klyeoh

                  Heh. Y'know, I remember nyonya cakes at Indian places in KL as being not unlike those shown in your 3rd photo and which were always thought to be "rough" and only "something like" the stuff you would get from a actual Nyonya stall. I seem to remember hearing something like "that's how they like it" ? What's "Indian Nyonya" cakes like nowadays in KL?

                  What's the carb in that bowl of "laksa"?
                  "masala spices" - I presume you mean a cumin/coriander/cardamom mix w/ cloves/cinnamon/pepper/others? (Isn't "masala" just "spice mix"?)

                  1. re: huiray

                    The loaksa here used dried "koay teow" rice sticks which would be par-boiled before being topped up with laksa soup

                    The "masala" mix here has an "Indian curry" smell, predominantly cardamom and with strong fenugreek overtones. Also, the mint were boiled with the laksa soup till they are all wilted, and lots of Indian kari leaves were added. The Peranakan-Chinese part of me was totally indignant :-D

        2. Thanks to your post, I insisted on going to Grand. I had been led to Sri Krishna earlier in the week, but just wasn't impressed. I'm wondering if you also tried Sri Krishna, and how you would compare it to Grand? I found the selection better at Grand, and many of the sweets seemed to incorparate more flavors than those at S.K.-- nuts inside one flavor, with another flavor outside, for example. The woman who helped me at the counter didn't speak more than a few words of English, so I'm not really sure what some of the sweets I bought were, but they were definitely tasty - esp. the coconut burfi. She encouraged me to try the Butter Murukku, which were hard to put down, and are probably a large factor behind the fact that my pants no longer fit :)

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          1. re: anakalia

            Agreed - I found Sri Krishna's sweets had a much more "one-dimensional" taste - just about the same standards as those Indian sweets we get in Singapore. Grand Sweets, on the other hand, had that richer, mellower taste.
            Some pics taken at one of Sri Krishna's outlets I visited in Chennai:

            1. re: klyeoh

              I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one! Nice photographs, though - they LOOK pretty, at least :)