True Mumbaikars know the place for delicious sweets, desserts and even milk is Parsi Dairy Farm on Princess St, Mumbai; at the ramp for the Marine Lines Flyover and across the street from the Gita Press bookstore. Milk was delivered by their dudhwallahs in khaki shorts and cobalt blue shirts. They’d balance the handa (milk pot) on their thigh and carefully measure out the milk.
Their sutarfeni (sweet, shredded, flaky, rice dough, topped with almonds & pista) helped with many celebrations. To this day I am partial to Parsi Dairy sutarfeni, despite many of our family’s shifting allegiance to D Damodar (see earlier post).
As Meera grows up, I want her to experience the little joys I had. Thus on every visit we retrace the steps of my youth. On my last visit, I took her to Parsi Dairy. Their offerings have changed slightly and now include misti dohi – sweet curds (or yogurt) set in tiny clay pots.
Here is one of their dudhwallahs ready to help. A sweet curd pot (500 gm) was Rs 53. Interestingly, Meera prefers their plain curds and mumbles “yummy” in between stuffing her face.
Look at the goodies: Masala milk (300 ml) @ Rs 30; Mitha Lassi (200 ml) @ Rs 22. They offer you a straw, but it is so thick, better to spoon it. When you are thirsty or hungry, skip that chemical laden, gassed (carbonated), colored water and give this healthy alternative a try! Those rasmalai and malai sandwiches are heavenly. Now you know how I gained 5 lbs during my visit.
Assortment of sweets. They also sell cow’s milk ghee! I packed a few for Boston.
As I sipped the lassi, Meera ventures (bindass) behind the counter, smiles at the guy, who hands her a peda. She dashes out, shows me the peda and anticipating my displeasure, stuffs the whole peda in her mouth – and giggles. While I shake my head and buy the curds, Meera again sneaks behind the counter and stuffs her face with another peda! Obviously, she is going to be a life long fan of Parsi Dairy … just like her father.
In mumbai, I chatted with the great grandson of the Founder of Parsi Dairy Farm, Ardeshan Nariman. More on that in another post.
Parsi Dairy Farm
261/63, Shamaldas Gandhi Marg (Princess Street), Mumbai 400 002
Tel +91 (0) 22 2201 3633
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