Suleman Usman Mithaiwala way back in the 30’s Sulemanbhai, a young bakery assistant from poona came to Bombay in search of fame and future. In a small outlet just outside the mosque he set up shop. And the enterprise grew. A full-fledged outlet was established in 1936 and Suleman Usman Mithaiwala was soon to become the most popular sweet meat outlet.
And what makes Suleman Usman Mithaiwala special during Ramzan? Plenty. First come the Malpuva 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 with a generous helping of rich cream, It is a variation of paradise pancakes made all along the western coast. And Suleman Usman Mithaiwala jeasouly guards his exclusive receipe. During Ramzan the simple folk as well as the rich and famous make bedline to Minara Masjid for this delicacy. Mr.Sayed Ahmed (former Minister) , Mr. Ishaq Jhamkhanawala (former Urban Development Minister) , Mr. Bashir Patel Corporator , Shri Ismail rapid Transport and members of the Allana family are regular customers. It is rumoured that Mr. Vilas Sawant, State Home minister too has a sweet tooth and sends the eating sensation from Suleman Usman. Yet another delicacy from Suleman Usman is Phirni, a sort of pudding served in earthen bowls. Made with rice, sugar and milk it is ideal to wash town the most pungent meals the area is justly famous for. In response a query are to why ‘Firni’ is served in a earthen bowl it was reveals that was necessary to absorb the moisture from the ‘pudding’ and hence the earthen bowl.
Suleman Usman Mithaiwala have brought to Mumbai some of the ‘Shahi’ special of the Nawabs of Lucknow including Halwa, Aflatoon, Khaja and Roti a mawa speciality of which the late Y.B. Chavan was very find of. The Bakery wing of organization too is justly famous for its Nankhatai , Kaju Biscuits and has been awarded prizes for its adherence to quality standards.
Just a few more days of Ramzan are left. We would suggest an evening out to Minara Masjid topped with delicacies of Suleman Usman Mithaiwala. And if we are to be believed it would be a very ‘sweet’ evening , Oh yes make sure you go to the right shop. There is and always will be only one Gold Medals Winner Suleman Usman Mithaiwala.
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