Shrikhand is typically prepared on Gudi Padwa. Photo: India Food Network
Like every year, sweet shops across Mumbai are readying to prepare shrikhand and puran poli for Gudi Padwa tomorrow. Although most Maharashtrians prefer to make these traditional goodies in their own kitchens, hectic schedules may not allow many to do so.
If you are pressed for time, here are 5 sweet shops from where you can pick up some of the tastiest Maharashtrian sweetmeats.
Panshikar Mithai Kendra @ Girgaon, Vile Parle, Dadar
Apart from their fasting foods like sabudana vada and farali misal, Panshikar is a household name for traditional Maharashtrian sweets. On the occasion of Gudi Padwa, you can go for their shrikhand, a variety of barfis, kaju katli and gulab jamun.
Chanderkar Sweets @ Dadar, Worli
Chanderkar is one of the oldest sweet shops in Mumbai. They are known for their kajukatli and special anjeer katli, mawa sweets, barfis and pedhas. Try their jalebis to usher in the new year, and you won't regret.
Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale @ Prabhadevi
Pune's most renowned sweet-makers are in Mumbai, and will be open on Gudi Padwa to offer their special shrikhand in a range of flavours. Fry up some puris and you have a classic combo there!
Dhupkar @ Parel
You have eaten strawberries and cream. But have you eaten them as a shrikhand? This Gudi Padwa, Dhupkar is preparing flavoured shrikhands - cardamom and nutmeg, strawberry to name a few. You can also pack some puran polis for that big lunch tomorrow.
Samant Bros. @Vile Parle
Instead of buying readymade shrikhand this year, how about making your own batch at home? Samant Bros. is known for their chakka or strained yoghurt, which you can use to make any flavours you want. You can also pick up their pedhas, barfis and other traditional sweets.