About Devnaa

No action packed story here, only a little sweet one (no pun intended!). The brother and sister team, Roopa and Jay Rawal are the founding partners of Devnaa. The journey for them began at their kitchen table with relatives and friends praising Roopa’s home made Indian desserts, in particular the chocolate barfi (pronounced ber-fee, which is a modern twist on a traditional Indian sweet). Roopa’s knowledge of authentic Indian cooking had been learned from her Mother’s superb recipes and also from her Grandmother’s guidelines. Their grandmother was famous amongst the local community for making the best Indian sweets! Roopa and Jay knew that if they were going to make tasty treats available to the rest of the world they would have to surpass all expectations people associated with traditional Indian sweets and chocolate.
So off Jay travelled to India to research the best authentic sweets; and Roopa to the ‘Slattery School of Excellence’ to learn about artisan chocolate. Whilst in India Jay visited the city of Jamnagar and discovered what he could only describe as the best fresh Indian sweets he’s ever tasted! He decided to buy a few boxes to take back home. The kind shop owner – Mr Vyas (or mithai wala as they are commonly known - or as Jay is now known at his local post office!) spoke in detail about his family’s genuine passion for making Indian sweets (mithai) ever since they opened their first store in 1918.
Jay and Mr Vyas in Jamnagar, India
Jay and Mr. Vyas (Mithaiwala) in Jamnagar, India.

 

Roopa returned from ‘Slattery’s’ with a real passion for artisan chocolate and began to master her chocolate tempering, ganache making and piping techniques. Her library at home began to fill with inspiring books from confection specialists such as Master Chocolatier – Jean-Pierre Wybauw and Master Baker, Peter P Greweling.
Roopa's first ever batch of chai milk chocolate truffles
Roopa's first ever batch of chai milk chocolate truffles

 

Back together in London Roopa and Jay shared their experiences and ideas and began development of an all new collection of sweets and desserts by combining the authentic Indian recipes with artisan chocolate techniques. Over 35 recipes later and with the 10 other family members of their household as chief tasters, they created their first signature barfi made with couverture Belgian chocolate, French milk powder and fresh cream. Today the same creativity and dedication goes into developing all of Devnaa’s innovative sweet treats.
Devnaa Signature Indian Inspired Sweets & Chocolates

 

For Roopa and Jay the term ‘second best’ has never been an option, if something is not quite right they go back to the drawing board and find a way to make it right. Jay says he probably inherited these values from his grandfather who was such a perfectionist; his tailor made suits were the envy of all his friends!
Devnaa believe in making tasty creations using traditional techniques and carefully selected ingredients like the finest Belgian chocolate couvertures used in our barfi and truffles or the freshly ground spices used in our bars. Roopa still uses her grandmother’s mortar and pestle to crush the spices used to develop recipes for new products.
Our Grandmother's Mortar and Pestle
70 Years young! - Roopa's - Grandmother's mortar and pestle that's still used in the development kitchen today.

 

Our tiny company has won multiple awards for our extraordinary chocolate and even won awards for our beautiful packaging. Devnaa chocolates have been presented to A-list Bollywood stars and sent around the globe by multinational businesses as unique corporate gifts. We’ve catered for the most memorable weddings and developed recipe books that are loved by people worldwide.

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We look forward to hearing from you.

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The Devnaa Team
 

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