Post updated with newer pics from a recent visit.
Hope you have all tried Sutarfeni – the sweet, shredded, flaky, rice dough, topped with pista and almonds. What a dangerous agent it is; melts my self-discipline, and like a slobbering idiot I empty a pound of this “buddi ka baal” in no time.
Growing up, Parsi Dairy Farm on Princess Street, Mumbai were the purveyors of the best sutarfeni in town. Over the last couple of decades, Dayaram Damodar Mithaiwala, or simply D. Damodar at the Dadar TT Circle has caught up with the hallowed Parsi Dairy. All family and friends swear by D Damodar. The only way to put this controversy to rest was to actually go to both places and try out their sutarfeni. A hazardous task indeed, but someone had to do it. After munching on sutarfeni at both places and washing it down with mitha lassi, the verdict is in.
Its a Tie!
Parsi Dairy Farm is still superb, the queen of indian Desserts. But considering that D Damodar has caught up with Parsi Dairy, it gets the nod! (My post on Parsi Dairy).
nice sharing… used to hog their Idlis…papa used to get them whenever he passed by,,,
Yummo Drools…. D Damodar sutarfeni… Lado depo amazing ladoos and vada paav… That one circle and you get all the type of eats one would relish to eat while in India…. I miss Dadar… thanks dear Arun for this post.. Next time I go to Siddhivinayak this is a must stop while returning.
Love to Meeru….
Yes, there are so many awesome food places near dadar/Parel. We also found a tiny south indian eatery which became our regular for delicious Kaapi.
Hope you guys are doing well; how is Shubha?
Wow, your picture makes me drool…I love Sutarfeni…
yes, their sutarfeni is really, really good. drool worthy.
Hey can u pls tell me where exactly his shop is ?????
Its right on the Dadar TT circle (Khodadad Circle). Along Tilak Rd which goes towards Dadar West; on the South side of that street.
Here is their website and more info.
Thanks, likewise your site is interesting too! I’m a HUGE Pav Bhaji fan…any thoughts on the best Pav Bhaji in Mumbai?
See my recipe:
I would love to go to Parsi Dairy in Mumbai – thanks for sharing.
Thank you~ You have a nice site. Congratulations.
See this post on Parsi Dairy – The Bestest!
Anantashram (not anandashram)
is a goan konkani khanawali in khotachiwadi galli opp post office, run by two brothers, the place and the food is interesting and so are their timings
Thanks for the tip; we are planning a trip there over the weekend. We love Goan food 🙂
Though i have lived relatively close to parsi dairy, never bothered to chk out their sutarfeni
Must try !
thanks for the tip.
ps did u chk out anantashram ?
You should definitely try Parsi Dairy.
Everything they have is fabulous. They also sell the sweet curds in a clay pot – yummy!
Anand Ashram? Name sounds familiar. Where?
I love Anand Bhavan in King Circle – that’s where I get my stash of PooranPoli, and banana chips.
A few places in girgaon make great puranpoli and telpoli too, and i get my superfresh bananachips from a joint behind Panchratna back gate (opera house) also a great khauu galli for gujrati food.
Hmmm! You seem to know ALL the right places! Will check these out!
I lived in dadar all my life..just this pic of Damodar brings backs a lot of memories..Aggarwal classes, Parsi colony, Parsi dairy , Monginis, Swagat, Bata….. thanks arun
Thank you for sharing that V.
it is still the bestest.
Right said V. For me, travelling from Mulund to Dadar early morning to attend Agrawal classes in 12th and then eating sweets at D Damodar or crossing over to other side to have bata wada at shrikrishna……….. yes its all coming back to me though it was close to 20 years back…. Food makes u happy and also nostalgic
And a big thank you to you Arun. You have made me smile on a saturday when i am working 🙂
THank Navin for sharing your thoughts.
Hmmm! Batawada at ShriKrishna? haven’t had that in a while. Must try that in a few week 🙂
Have a great weekend.
I have eaten this sweet before. Relatives from Mumbai used to bring it whenever they do a trip to native… I have not seen this being sold anywhere in Kumta / Bangalore / Mysore.
btw.. thanks for sharing the name.. I did not know that it is called Sutarfeni.. 🙂
Thank you Poornima:
I too agree this is a Mumbai thing. North Indians appear confused by this 🙂
Hope you had good memories of sutarfeni!
i’ve never even HEARD of this but it sounds wonderful! i think i need to get to india. 🙂
Absolutely Jessie: We need to get you to India and soon. You will be in Heaven.
and I need to reply to your email ~ will do sometime this weekend.
Best Wishes and Thank you
I recently came to know that it’s Sutarfeni, else was always ‘Buddhi ka baal’ for us. Yum yum yum, I love it!
Ha ha! Yes, it was always: Buddi Ka baal, when we were growing up. I think only after I went to college I realized its proper name.
But delicious, no?
Best and Thank you
I think it is the same as “Pheni” from the South. They serve this without the toppings but instead they pour warm badam and saffron milk over it. We eat it mixed with the milk. Yum!
I think I have tried that phenori (?) mainly in South Kanara; yes, eaten with poured badam and saffron milk. Yumm!
This is slightly different and more Mumbai.
Thank you and hope you are doing well.
Never tasted Sutarfeni …it looks like Soanpapdi though.
Could it be the same thing?
Its amazing how many types of indian desserts we have and how the variety of names for each.
I know soan papdi, those are usually finely flaky and compacted in a square. Sutarfeni is definitely different and always served in these large ’rounds.’ The stringy flakes are long and that is why the slang for this is: Buddi ka Baal! ha ha!
Also, sutarfeni is NOT as sweet as soan papdi, which means you tend to eat a lot more sutarfeni.
And now you will have to find sutarfeni, try it and let us know what you think.
O, and now I have it from a reputed source; ie Prachee on facebook. She says that Soan papdi is made from besan (chana dal) flour, while sutarfeni is made from rice flour!
Yaay! Now I know too.