Malpua musings in Bhendi Bazaar
Several delicacies are synonymous with Ramzan. One such is the fried sweet dipped in heavenly cream — Malpua. Soma Das creates a delicious Malpua trail comprising legendary places that are famous for the sweet dish
Stop One: JJ Jalebi
This sweet shop started in 1947. Unlike others who make malpuas only during Ramzan, JJ Jalebi serves them throughout the year and takes bulk as well as party orders. They have outlets in Kurla and Jogeshwari as well.
On offer: Their range of malpuas includes Dry Fruit Malpua (Rs 200), Sada Malpua (Rs 10- Rs 160), Rabri Malpua (Rs 180), Chocolate Malpua (Rs 140) as well as Mango, Strawberry, and Blackcurrant Malpua (Rs 140), which have the essence of the fruit.
Celeb quotient: Celebrities like actors Salman Khan, Dilip Kumar and Hrithik Roshan, actress Rekha, cricketers Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq have visited the eatery in the past.
At: Pradhan Building, Maulana Shaukat Ali Road, Bohri Mohalla.
Malpuas being dished up at JJ Jalebi. Pics/ Atul Kamble
Stop two: Tawakkal Sweets
The 50-year-old Tawakkal Sweets started as a small shop where sweets were made and sold. Over the years, they have been famous for their Malpua and Phirni made exclusively for the month of Ramzan.
Malpua making at Tawakkal Sweets in Bohri Mohalla. Pic/Atul Kamble
On offer: They make Eggless Malpua (Rs 300 per kg) which can be enjoyed by vegetarians. They also offer Single Egg Malpua (Rs 100) and Double Egg Malpua (Rs 140). Another special feature is that they use the rather expensive desi eggs, which make the malpuas softer and richer in taste. They serve the malpuas with malai cream instead of rabdi. Also, try their Phirni available in mango, classic and saffron (kesar) flavours.
Celeb quotient: Celebrities like actress Kangana Ranaut and Huma Qureshi as well as restaurateur Riyaz Amlani have visited the shop.
At: Khara Tank Road, Bohri Mohalla, Bhendi Bazaar.
Call: 23466353 / 23466360
Log on to: www.facebook.com/tawakkalsweets
More than 200 Malpuas are made per day at Tawakkal Sweets
Stop three: Suleman Usman Mithaiwala
Sweetmeat shop Suleman Usman Mithaiwala was started by Sulemanbhai, a bakery assistant from Pune, in 1936. They are renowned for their Malpua made only during the month of Ramzan. The Malpua, a sort of pancake, is made from a dough of semolina (rawa), refined flour (maida), eggs and dry fruit. If you are wondering about why their particular malpuas taste so good, keep on wondering for it’s a well-kept secret.
On offer: Single Egg Malpua (Rs 100), Double Egg Malpua (Rs 120) and Dry Fruit Malpua (Rs 150) made using pistachios and nuts, among other ingredients. You can also try their Phirni and Kaju biscuits from their nearby bakery (on Mohammed Ali Road).
At: 167, Ibrahim Merchant Road.
Call: 23465059 / 23443966
Log on to: www.sulemanusmanmithaiwala.com
A batter of flour, eggs and sugar is poured in oil and fried
Stop four: Suleman Mithaiwala
Suleman Mithaiwala started in 1989 and emphasises that fresh milk, dry fruits and other products used to prepare the sweets are responsible for their popularity.
Double Malpua with Mawa and Dry Fruit. Pics/ Emmanual Karbhari
On offer: They serve Single Malpua, Double Malpua with Mawa, Double Malpua with Mawa and Dry Fruit as well as Eggless Malpua (all priced between Rs 80 to Rs 150).
Celebrity quotient: They have had visitors like actors Irrfan Khan, Salman Khan and Arshad Warsi; singer Sophia Choudry and actresses such as Preity Zinta and Dia Mirza.
At: 41F/G, Mohammad Ali Road.
Log on to: www.sulemanmithaiwala.com
It takes around 3-4 minutes to make a Malpua
Other shops to visit
They offer Single Malpua (Rs 90) and Double Malpua (Rs 130).
At: Husainiyah Marg, Pakmodia Street, Bhendi Bazaar.
Zam Zam Sweets & Bakery
They offer Single Malpua (Rs 100), Double Malpua (Rs 120) and Dry Fruit Malpua (Rs 150).
At: Opposite Minara Masjid, Mohammed Ali Road.