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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Recently I visited Parsi Dairy Farm and had Kulfi. It was light in taste for tongue but was heavy for stomach. Two people can easily share kulfi. Cost I guess- approx. 50 rupees.
Yes, those kulfis are filling, … and delicious!
can they parcel kulfi to other cities also or we have to buy from there shop only because i live in kolkata so i thought they can parcel or not.
In this day, they should be providing this valuable service.
I am not sure if they provide this service, please call them and ask.
Dear Ankit Jain,
All variants of Original Parsi Dairy Kulfis are available in Kolkata at Gokul Fresh in Kakurgachi / Phoolbagan. We also have many resellers across the city including Spencers. We are the exclusive distributors for this product in Eastern India. You may call 033-4006-7474. Thanks for your interest.
Thank you for sharing that info.
Can some one let me know the answers for these questions about Parsi Dairy ?
1. Who is the founder ?
2. Are the dairy products of Parsi Dairy Farm made out of milk from Pure Desi Gai ( Bos Indicus Breed) or jersey or HF?
3. How much do they sell milk per litre when they door deliver?
Please send in your answers to email@example.com
Thank you for posting.
The easiest may be for you to call one of the Parsi Dairy Farm outlets in Mumbai.
I am currently in Boston and unable to get the correct information.
Hi Arun, my mum and dad were Anglo Indian and my husband, myself and three children were in Mumbai last year tracing family history in Sewree cemetery. The taxi driver drove us passed the Parsi dairy and i’m ashamed to say we didn,t stop. We always make a special trip to Pooja, when in London to get a selection of sweets and stock up on Ras Malai which my girls have developed a taste for. |We’ll be in Mumbai en route to Bhopal in December this year so will definitely make a scheduled stop to The Parsi dairy. Can you recommend anything in particular?
You drove by the Parsi Dairy and did not stop? *van gogh’s scream*
Next time, try their sweet curd in a clay pot, my favorite. Also, their sweet Lassi, Sutarfeni and their cham-chams / ras malai. That should only be like 3000 calories. If you have been walking, try their “mawa pedas;” delicious. I have spied Meera gulping two of those down!
And to bring home, consider their Ghee. I bring it here and reheat and use.
Please mail me the contact numbers of franchisee managers of Parsi dairy
I am intrested in opening a franchise at borivli in Mumbai
Simply go to one of the Parsi Dairy shop and ask for the Managers. I am currently in Boston and cannot get the details for you.