Malai: Indian-Inspired Ice Cream Shop Opening Doors To Its First Washington  Establishment

To celebrate the opening, Malai will be serving single-scoops for $3 the entire day and giving away a complimentary Malai tote bag to the first 50 customers through the doors. 

Malai, an Indian-inspired ice cream shop owned by a young first-generation Indian-American entrepreneur Pooja Bavishi, has opened its first DC shop at 1407 T Street NW, Washington, DC. This DC establishment takes over the place previously occupied by Ice Cream Jubilee and is situated just a block away from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The shop anticipates its opening on 18th May at noon.

What can you enjoy here?

Pooja offers dozens of dairy and non-dairy ice creams. All of their ice creams are churned with very little air and handmade which gives them a perfect creamy texture. She will be selling a single scoop for $6 and a trio of flavors for $9. For the toppings, she offers a variety of Indian spices and nuts like crunchy peanut chikki (traditional Indian sweet made with peanut and jaggery), cacao-nibs, cardamom shortbread pieces, and many for an extra dollar. 

Her other offerings include, 

  • Ice cream cakes for $54
  • Creamy kulfi popsicles for $6
  • Ice cream sandos for $6
  • Cups of soft-serve for $6 (currently serving pistachio and saffron)

At Malai, most flavors, neglecting the customer’s choice – rose with cinnamon-roasted almonds – will be switched on a bi-monthly basis. 

The shop is also offering to-go pints. It will stock up various flavors of pints both in-store and in local grocery stores in the upcoming weeks. 

Talking of the seatings, the customers can enjoy both indoors and outdoors with a salmon-hued exterior. 

To celebrate the opening, Malai will be serving single-scoops for $3 the entire day and giving away a complimentary Malai tote bag to the first 50 customers through the doors. 

Story of Malai

Poonja started ‘Malai’ in 2015, with the aim of not only highlighting the traditions and culture she grew up with, ‘but also the magic that she felt in the kitchen at her young age,’ – she expressed through her website. She always envisioned changing the perspective about ice cream in the country. 

Not only does she copy flavors from India at her shop, but also meticulously crafted new flavors, highlighting the South Asian Ingredients. Her first debut shop was opened in Brooklyn in 2019. But as time flies, her ice cream has been delighting people nationwide through shops, pop-ups, and carts. 

DC has always been close to her heart, as she has lived here for quite some years, after her graduation. Also, she felt that opening her shop here was a natural next step for her business. She shared with Washington.com that the food scene is so diverse here and booming. I know that people here are going to appreciate these flavors.”

She added, “Making ice cream is a way for me to celebrate my hybrid lifestyle.” “You can’t get more Americana than ice cream, and combining it with ingredients that were ubiquitous to me growing up is really special.”

For more details: visit https://www.malai.co/ To contact, email at info@malai.co or phone 347-889-5789

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