Badshah Cold Drinks
Whether you’re on a shopping trail at Crawford Market or not Badshah is a must-visit for their amazing falooda and sherbets.
Do you know why I love Badshah at Crawford Market so much? Because they make the most amazing falooda, sherbets and fresh juices. Let’s prep you on what to order – first up, when you’re there without a doubt order their amazingly delicious royal falooda (Rs 135) which is a heavenly combination of milk, sev, sabja, red rose syrup and vanilla ice cream. They come in huge glasses filled to the brim. They taste extremely yummy and are available in many flavours. And for that price, it’s a fabulous deal because it’s also very filling.
Enter Aspi Irani, a 12-year-old boy who came to Bombay from Iran and started working at Badshah, cleaning the place, the dishes, and arranging the fruits. Merwan Irani was impressed with the little boy. When he grew up, he gave him his daughter Yasmin in marriage and his shop. The shop is now 117 years old! Aspi passed away in 1996, but Yasmin has survived him and runs the place with her daughter Behnaz’s husband, Behram P. Zadeh, and Salambhai as partner
Being Iranis, the speciality of the shop, naturally, is the falooda, Zoroastrian Persia’s national drink. About 65 per cent of the Bombay Badshah’s total business is in the falooda, tall, cooling milk-and-syrup drinks.
So, what I am saying…