Panaash is a Bombay sweet shop situated in the heart of Havelock Road. From the outside, it's a modest little joint with the bright pink signboard as its only giveaway that it might be tied to confectionaries. But within, you're subject to a treasure trove of sweet-meats of all kinds, all homemade and ready to go.
They have these special events on Sundays where you can indulge in samosas, chai, and jalebi at a great price. They usually advertise on Facebook which is how I got to know about this sweet deal, ha. I've been tagging myself as 'Going' whenever they post these events up, and have kept at this charade for the past 6 months or so. But only this last weekend did I actually get to go. And what a Sunday it was.
Samosa & Chai
For Rs. 220 a portion, you get two potato samosas with a small dish of imbli (tamarind) chutney, two jalebi and a small cup of masala chai.
The samosas are of the Punjabi variety: fat and bursting with soft, well-seasoned potato. The shell is crispy, and not too dense either. Paired with a nice big swoop of the imbli chutney provided on the side, these are lip-smackingly good.
The chutney itself isn't exactly the strongest but it's a decent, flavourful side. Notes of tamarind are evident, along with a light hint of what I'm assuming is chili.
The chai doesn't quite give you any ideas in its presentation. It's a simple paper cup filled up to 3/4ths with a slightly dark milk masala tea. It isn't sweet to taste, but it's certainly not half bad. The masala was a bit subdued, but that's probably because I'm used to stronger chai. All in all, a good way to wash it down.
I'll elaborate more on the jalebi, in the following segment.
Crispy Jalebi & Cream
This portion also costs Rs. 220, and comes with four large jalebi that are topped with generous lashings of rabri cream.
They have these offers up from 12:30PM to 7:30PM. They're incredibly packed on weekends with faithful customers who come in from far and beyond for a portion or two. We went in a bit early, so we got lucky. As per their advice, I'd say call ahead and make a reservation for yourself.
If you've got nothing to do on a Sunday and are thinking of ways to while away some time, head to Panaash for some sweets and a chitchat. The lady over the counter is quite friendly, so you can chat with her all about their parent franchise: Royal Sweet Meat Mart.