Duke of Delhi was started by two siblings i.e. my sister and I. Some 30 years ago we went to India for the first time. It was a shock to say the least. Believe it or not but we were both running around the streets that very first day looking for a Cornish pasty but boy were we surprised. That’s when we first encountered Nankhatai, or semolina biscuits, to be precise, being baked on an open fire oven on the streets of Delhi. The smell of sweet biscuits seemed to block out all the chaos of the street.
We revelled in trying different tastes from both India and England and so began the beginnings of the Duke of Delhi.
We started to sell them at our lovely local community market in Wallington and then we expanded to London where you can still see us on some Saturdays. Just like our friends, people really liked our biscuits. We even won a great taste award for our Chilli Chocolate and Orange Nankatai Biscuit.
Back in England our grandma used to make us delicious Indian Nankhatai biscuits every Friday as a treat and then we’d settle down to watch Monkey Magic on BBC2 (oh those were the days)We grew up living in a house which always had people coming and going – mostly it would be our friends, who would stay round to watch the footy or chat. Eating the biscuits, our friends would always tell us how scrumptious they were. I remember my grandma making a special batch during the 1986 world cup for a packed house.
We then introduced Our Delhi Mixes – distant relatives of the Bombay Mix – but so different. Chocolate Chunk Delhi Mix, Honeycomb, Orange and Nut – all so amazingly special. These can be found at the Queens supermarket Fortnum and Mason where they sell incredibly well.
My sister and I have loved elephants since we were children. And we believe the best place for these majestic creatures is roaming free in their natural habitat rather than being kept captive in a zoo. One of my favourite childhood memories was seeing elephants in the wild in the jungles outside Udaipur in India when I was just four years old.
We first found out about the charity Elephant Family in 2010 when they unleashed a whole herd of multicoloured elephants in London for the Elephant Parade. The UK charity does all it can to save the Asian elephant and its habitat, work Duke of Delhi is very proud to support. Last year Duke of Delhi gave over £3,000 to Elephant Family and we hope to do the same in 2014.
Please take a moment to have a look at the amazing things Elephant Family do to ensure future generations will experience the thrill of seeing these beautiful animals enjoying their freedom.
At Duke of Delhi, we pledge to always be:
Responsible – we source our ingredients from ethical sources and obtain environmentally friendly packaging where we can, even if it’s more expensive
Charitable – if we make anything, we make sure we give something back
Innovative – we want to continue surprising and delighting our friends with innovative Anglo-Indian snacks which have the wow-factor
Fun – like most people, we’ve worked in some stuffy places in our time but at Duke of Delhi, we want to combine hard work with fun. After all, life is too short to be boring
Informative – we will try our best to always explain what we do and why we do it
We really do care what you think about our products. We’ve listened from day one to our friends, we didn’t stop listening at the local food markets and we certainly won’t stop now. We’ve just received a “Great Taste Award” gold star for our Nankathai Biscuits all because we kept listening and perfecting. We would really like to hear your views and suggestions so please email us and let’s talk.
Our signature Duke of Delhi Bombay mix (Chevdo) bejewelled in a delicious chocolate bar
-a delectable melting pot of two cultures and tastes.
Click or tab on each bar to find out more…
Every time I think of cinnamon, it brings back memories of growing up, when our mum used to add it to our warm milk to give it that lovely flavour. The finest milk chocolate is given a delicate twist with the very best Indian cinnamon and spoonfuls of crunchy pieces of our signature Duke of Delhi mix.£4
Customers at Fortnum and Mason keep mentioning that our orange and nut Delhi Mix reminds them of Christmas. That’s our inspiration behind our milk chocolate and orange Delhi mix bar. Tasty nibbles of our signature Delhi Mix with zesty pieces of sumptuous citrus orange are encased in the finest quality milk chocolate to create a delicious fruity treat.£4
Whenever our mum made anything with lemons and limes, it would be our favourite. The citrus taste made everything feel fresh and alive. We created a dark chocolate bar infused with refreshing lime and studded with a handful of our Duke of Delhi Bombay Mix, which I personally can’t stop eating.£4
My sister and I have memories of the smell of toasted coconut slowly wafting through every room of our house. Those memories come flooding back when we produced this delicious dark chocolate bar with a difference. Tasty nibbles of our signature Duke of Delhi Bombay mix contrast with exquisite toasted coconut to create something extra special.£4
The heavenly combination of crushed cardamom and natural vanilla is a scrumptious pairing, my sister and I believe. Coupled with our smooth velvety milk chocolate and a fistful of our crunchy signature Duke of Delhi Mix, we constantly hear customers say how exotic this bar really tastes.£4
Our best selling Chocolate Chunk Delhi Mix (sold at Fortnum’s) was the inspiration for all our bars. “Chocolate in a Bombay Mix?” is what we always hear. So a bar with our Delhi Mix enrobed in the finest dark chocolate to create a simple but effective blend of contrasting flavours is a natural step.£4
Our Delhi mix is inspired by the Indian street snack “Chevdo”, sold in special places such as New Delhi train station, where the incoming Rajdhani express train sees hundreds of commuters run off to buy this tasty snack before their train leaves without them. Our range uses only authentic Indian ingredients & flavours, infused with a zing of the British spirit. Chocolate in a Bombay Mix? Honeycomb? Orange and Nut? Look at what the press say about them.
It’s 1944 and an ordinary English boy was sent off to India by his grandma to escape the ravages of the Second World War. He eventually arrived in Udaipur and at the home of the Mewar (King). Smells, sights, sounds, heat, animals, insects, music, people and food were all so different from back home in England. He had no idea, but his real journey was just about to begin. In a world far removed from the war back home, he goes through his own trials and tribulations as well as growing up the Indian way. There he is befriended by Duke the elephant along with a courageous street girl named Iman, two monkeys and a parrot. What follows is a series of unusual adventures around India as the unlikely group try their best to reunite their elephant friend with his family. Along the way they meet tigers, water buffalo, monkeys, and other amazing creatures but all they really need to keep them going on their journey is friendship.
The Duke of Delhi stories were told to us by our Gran while we were growing up.
A few weeks to go until we go on our little fact finding mission to India. Mumbai and Gujarat. Lots of meetings planned. Chocolate in India? We shall keep you posted!…
It’s our special one year anniversary of being stocked on the shelves at London’s Fortnum and Mason. So to celebrate we had this illustration made. We love that store and are delighted to make one year.…
Just like our friends people really like our biscuits. We even won a great taste award for our Chilli Chocolate and Orange Nankatai Biscuit.…
Not too long ago I was contacted by Duke of Delhi to see whether I would like to try some of their unusual Bombay style mix chocolate bars. Instantly I thought that this sounded like a unique and different combination; …
Our first review of our chocolate bars – we are very very pleased:
Artisan Christmas Market at Fortnum and Mason showcasing our amazing Delhi Mixes…
Come and see the DUKE of Delhi at Piccadilly……
See the Christmas lights come on and sample lovely Christmas food and gifts at the Christmas market…
Come down and taste our lovely Bombay mixes and Chocolate Bars.…
Ghee or vegetable oil, for cooking
3 tbsp each of red lentils, Moong dahl, sunflower seeds, almonds, shelled pistachios, cashews and peanuts
1 tbsp fennel seeds
2 small green chillies, finely sliced
2 tbsp curry leaves, dried or fresh…
350ml/12fl oz water
100ml/3½fl oz milk
4 black peppercorns
10 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
good pinch green fennel seeds
small piece cinnamon stick
1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and roughly sliced
1 tea bag
sugar, to taste
We are Piccadilly PopUp Store on the 28th of November for one week – an amazing opportunity for us little folk. Come down and visit……
Our Delhi Mix Chocolate Bars went down a storm at the BBC Good Food Show – so chuffed to see so many people enjoying our 6 different bars and hear all the positive feedback…