Aam hi kaafi hai!
We really hate summer, don’t we? We are either sweating or experiencing sunburns due to the extreme hot weather. However, there is only one thing that makes us welcome this season and forget all our summer problems; mangoes! Aam, mango or our dear amba; whatever you call it, the taste and the fragrance of the fruit are a gastronomic delight!
Types of Mangoes
If mango is the king of fruits, this variety is the king of mangoes. The Alphonso is the most popular and the costliest variety, native to Ratnagiri (though it was first brought to India by Portuguese nobleman Afonso de Albuquerque). Hapus grows in the Konkan belt, mainly Devgad, Sindhudurg and of course, Ratnagiri. It is known for its aroma and juicy flesh.
A close cousin of the hapus, kesar is grown in Gujarat. It has a unique sweet taste and golden colour, and is smaller than the Alphonso. It is also referred to as the Queen of Mangoes, the best quality found in Junagadh.
Another famous and a rather juicier variety from Devgad, Pairi is mostly used to make aamras (aikunach tondala pani sutla). On your next mango shopping trip, pick the ones that are beginning to turn yellow. That’s when they emanate a tangy aroma.
The variety is light green and shaped like the beak of a parrot (hence the name) at both ends and has a tangy flavour. It is mostly used to make pickles and is best consumed with salt and red chili masala (like you would enjoy a kairi).
The fruit itself is tasty and enjoyable, but add it to a dish and it takes the taste to a whole new level. Here is a list of the most amazing mango dishes and drinks and where you can get them in the city:
Established in 1966, Sujata became famous for its ice cream, milkshakes and yes, the mastani. Their mango mastani remains the best in the city and is always on a Punekar’s mind. Their Kesar Mango Mastani is a must-try!
Sujata is so Puneri, they have a special tip at the bottom of their menu card saying, “Mastani is not an ice cream”, showcasing their Puneri roots!
Where: Nimbalkar Talim Chowk, Sadashiv Peth, Pune.
Cost: Kesar Mango Mastani; Full – Rs. 90, Half – Rs. 60
Gurjar Mastani has a standing of its own in the hearts of hardcore Punekars. The special mango kesar dry fruit mastani here is amazing. The mastani is made using vanilla and mango ice creams, topped with a cherry and contains every dry fruit you can think of. A must-try!
Where: Near City Pride Satara Road, Market Yard, Pune
Cost: Rs. 160 for the Special Mango Kesar Dry Fruit Mastani, others are around Rs. 60 – Rs. 100
Their mango mastani satisfies the most hardcore of mastani lovers. The place is wonderful for snacks to go along with the mastani. Kasturi also serves pizzas, sandwiches, South Indian food, pav bhaji and chaat.
Where: Opposite Dass Showroom, Karve Road, Kothrud Bus Stop, Pune
Cost: Mango Mastani – Rs. 70
Mango with cream/ice cream
This place in Camp is known for its fresh fruit milkshakes and pav bhaji. However, their mango with cream is to die for! It is served with freshly cut mangoes and fresh cream with a scoop of mango ice cream. One of the best ways to beat the summer heat, especially if you’ve been shopping on nearby MG Road!
PS: Was surprised to know that they serve mastani and falooda too. Do try!
Where: East Street, Camp
Cost: Fresh Alphonso Mango with Cream – Rs. 250
The ice cream parlour that has made a name for itself for serving amazing fruit-flavoured ice creams is also known for its seasonal fruits with cream. For summer, mango is the flavour that rules the roost and their fresh mango with cream is amazingly tasty and well-priced! The mango ice cream or mango milkshake are equally delicious.
Where: Near Bal Gandharva Chowk, JM Road, Pune (outlets in almost every area of Pune)
Cost: Fresh mango with cream – Rs. 120
Although not served with fresh mango slices, the mango shake at Vaishali still manages to be one of the tastiest in the city. It is simple, sans all the ice cream scoops and garnishings, but extremely tasty and worth the price. Do try it out along with your usual Vaishali order.
Where: FC Road, Opposite British Library, Pune
Cost: Mango Shake – Rs. 110
For everything vegetarian, this is the place to be! They serve amazing Maharashtrian and Indian food, snacks and more. The best, however, would be their mango milkshake. Served with a few mango slices and a scoop of mango ice cream, it is oh-so yummy!
Where: Tilak Road, Sadashiv Peth, Pune
Cost: Mango Shake with Ice Cream – Rs. 85
Known for being one of the best places in Pune for mithai and their special rasmalai, their mango barfi lives upto the halwai name. It is tasty, soft and melts in your mouth while leaving a wonderful aftertaste.
Where: Tilak Road, Near Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay, Pune (Branches in Karve Nagar, Satara Road, Hadapsar and Aundh)
Cost: Amba Barfi – Rs. 400 per kg
Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale
The place famous for Pune’s favourite dishes; bakarwadi and pedhe, also serves amazing amba barfi. Their barfi is slightly sweeter than others but wonderfully tasty. It is also available in varieties like amba malai barfi and amba kaju roll.
Where: Bajirao Road, Sadashiv Peth, Pune (Outlets at Deccan, Karve Nagar, Aundh)
Cost: Amba Barfi – Rs. 400 per kg, Amba Kaju Roll – Rs. 600 per kg.
Known for its tasty dishes and pastries, Sweet Chariot excels in providing quality food at reasonable rates. Their cheesecakes are known to be the best in the city and the mango cheesecake is a must-try.
Where: Dnyaneshwar Paduka Chowk, Off FC Road, Shivaji Nagar, Pune (also at Koregaon Park, Viman Nagar, Pradhikaran, Magarpatta and Wanowrie)
Cost: Rs. 120 per slice.
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