Chocolate Sutra

Chocolate Sutra

Saffron, cardamom, chilies, and chai…in chocolates! Indian-Americans are making an impact in the world of gourmet, artisan chocolates. In fact, Dr. M. Balu and his wife Andal Balu of Atlanta are the “invisible” hands, providing equipment to chocolatiers in the U.S. and abroad for the last 15 years. Then there are many chocolate makers! Michelin-starred chef Surbhi Sahni runs BittersweetNYC. Alak Vasa left Wall Street to start Element Truffles, which makes Ayurvedic chocolates. Bharet Malhotra and Nisha Sidhu own Co Co. Sala in D.C., a chocolate lounge, bar, restaurant, pastry shop, and boutique. Santosh Tiptur has chocolate-themed restaurant The Conche. In New Jersey, Shefalee Patel’s Sweet Silk is inspired by mithai or burfi. Jharna Jaisinghani of Artistic Affairs in New York uses chocolates for weddings, as does Aarti Mahtani Raman of AMR Catering in Philadelphia. Even Ankit Narula of Long Island, N.Y., the paanwalla, makes chocolate flavored paans and paan-flavored truffles! Read more »

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