Hello Friends and Eid Mubarak!!!
Sorry, I took some time for writing this blog. Coping up with the Covid-19 situation, I feel work from home is ending up being work a greater number of hours and productive as well. Hopefully, companies will realize this, and all employees work from option always.
I don’t think of better timing of writing today’s blog. I took this topic, just to realized it is a holy month of Ramzan. And today’s dish is what you need to make Ramzan special.
For foodies, it is the best time of the year to taste some of the best delicacies around the world. Be it Frazer town in Bangalore, Pune’s Kausar Bagh, Old Hyderabad you are treating yourself royally. Mumbai’s answer to this is Mohammed Ali Road. Yes Mohammed Ali Road.
During Ramzan the atmosphere at Mohammed Ali Road is totally electric and satisfying especially for the non-veg food lovers. During Ramzan time, like the other places Mohammed Ali Road transforms itself into a food festival with so many hotels, stalls coming up, and serving a variety of food.
From Haleem to Kabab’s, from curries to biryanis there is so much that one visit will not serve the purpose (tasting everything). Well with all exotic food around, ultimately we the meal is complete with a sweet dish.
And friends, to make a perfect meal here, I want you to know about Suleman Usmaan Mithaiwala.
Way back in the 30’s Sulemanbhai, a young bakery assistant from Poona came to Bombay in search of the future. Setting up a small bakery outlet just outside the mosque. And the enterprise grew. A full-fledged outlet was established in 1936 and Suleman Usman Mithaiwala was soon to become the most popular sweet outlet.
Address: Address: 167, IbrahimMerchant Rd, Below Minara Masjid, Pydhonie, Mandvi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400003
Mr. Sadiq is the grandson of Suleman Usman who is the current owner and runs the show at Suleman Usman Mithaiwala. Some of the top dishes include Malpua, Rabri, Phirni, Mawa cake, Black current Burfi/Halwa, Gajar/Mango/ Strawberry/Malai Halwa, Laddos, and many more Indian sweets.
Suleman Usman Mithaiwala also knows for their unique Aflatoon sweets. They claim that they are the people who invented this much-loved Aflatoon delicacy and the secrete recipe dated 3 generations back. This is one of the popular items which they export worldwide. The perfect blend of Mawa, sugar, eggs, ghee, Rava, and dry fruits make this dish perfect.
But today’s blog is not about Aflatoon sweets, it is all about their Ramadan/Ramazan specialty Malpua Rabri (Rabdi).
I was fortunate to have my business trip planned during the month of Ramzan. Or probably I did it purposefully. It doesn’t matter until the job is done. There is plenty of things that make Suleman Usman special during Ramzan days. And first in that list is Malpua Rabri.
The regular sweet shop gets extended stall to serve Ramazan special Malpuva. It is made only during the month of Ramzan. They are a sort of pancake made from a dough of Rawa, maida, eggs, and dry fruit. Ideally, they are to be eaten hot and with a generous helping of Rabri.
Rabri is a sweet, condensed-milk-based dish, made by boiling milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes dense and changes its color to off-white or pale yellow. Jaggery, spices, and nuts are added to it to give it flavor. It is chilled and served as dessert.
With thick and cold Rabdi served on Malpua makes a perfect mouthwatering combination. Rich in taste, and calories, but definitely you will enjoy great stuff.
This dish and this place are one of the fond memories I have from aamchi Mumbai other being Mamledar Misal etc. Overcall the quality and taste are amazing.
Suleman Usman Mithaiwala is the most famous sweet shop in Mumbai. Its branches are all over the city. I have visited Mohammed Ali Road during Ramzan, it is a crowded place. The parking situation is very difficult, so avoid personal vehicles (4-wheeler) and use public transport available.
All in all, this is one of the best places to visit during Ramzan or even all the time of year. But Malpua Rabdi, all you will be doing waiting for Holy month of Ramzan. Friends, it is worth waiting. Not this year but friends please treat yourself next year with Malpua Rabdi. Because you deserve best taste.
Once again Eid Mubarak, stay safe stay healthy!!!
Cost for two: INR 200-300 ($3-5)
Value for Money: 4/5