Summer’s almost come to an end (thank the Lord Jesus Christ) and the only thing we’re going to miss is MANGOES. While you still have the chance to get your mangoes’ fix, here’s a lowdown of where you should buy them and the best places to glutton out on mango dishes from across the city. Slurrrrrrrp!
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Since 1932, Desai Bandhu has been selling the tastiest and most authentic Alphonso mangoes to Punekars and carved out a name for itself. You’ll find a pati stating they sell only authentic (the word in capitals) Alphonso mangoes. Quite Puneri, right?
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Simply referred to as Mandai, this place is known to sell the cheapest vegetables. During summer, most fruit vendors in the area also stock up on mangoes, which are available at reasonable rates.
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Although the place is far for those staying in the core Puneri areas and the rates aren’t vastly different, buying mangoes in bulk from here will save you a LOT of money. You’ll find mango sellers the minute you enter the lane near Gujar mastani and their rates and variety vary.
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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 mango 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
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Loaded with fresh mangoes, this creamy delight satiates the soul on so many levels. Seriously, who knew heaven would cost next to nothing.
Cost: Rs. 80
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.
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
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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.
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- Mangoes are rich in Vitamin C, B6 and A, Potassium, Copper, Iron and Carbohydrates.
- Eating mangoes won’t make you fat. Mangoes have 60 calories per 100gms. Having 2-3 mangoes daily is healthy, especially for breakfast.
- Mangoes have 15g carbohydrates per 100g and act as an energy food when eaten 30 minutes before a workout.