We Indians love our traditional ‘achars and chutneys’ as these condiments represent feelings. With almost every household having a unique recipe or method of preparation, passing down to generations, these spicy and flavourful condiments not just tantalise taste buds but stir memories, too. By Nidhi Kandari

This brand adds the essential sweetness to the otherwise spicy. A part of Nari Shiksha Kendra, Aamra, which means ‘we’ in Bengali, brings together women of local community and provide them with livelihood. The traditional yet artisanal delicacies such as the all-time favourite mango or lemon pickle are hand-crafted by these women using time-honoured methods of ageing the product in barnis (jars) stored in dark rooms. Not just pickles, these women also use their skills to create other regional flavours. Carefully balancing the spices and herbs, the home-style kitchen produces a range of fresh and delicious sauces and dips, which appeals to a universal palate.

Out of a wide variety of products by Aamra, ranging from Heeng Aam pickle, to Honey Mustard Salad Dressing to Chill Basil Pesto Dip, our pick would be the Gourmet Salad Dressing Hamper and the Dips and Sauces Mini Collection. And why do we pick these? While the assortment boxes allow you try a wide variety, the cute packaging makes these perfect for gifting. After all, who doesn’t love a variety of dips and sauces on the dining table?

Good food induces pleasure, but to know that your choice of a particular product doubles as a small contribution to the empowerment of marginalised women, takes the satisfaction to another level. Started in 1964 by Pushpawati Khaitan, Nari Shiksha Kendra has been building a community of independent women and preparing delicious condiments ever since.

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