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A pipe connected to memory – Fruit Cream from Haji Ali

Every year my parents would take us to Mumbai City for a day of sightseeing. The beautiful Gothic Train station, the enormous Prince of Wales Museum, Kamla Nehru Park that had the Shoe just like the Poem “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe”, Gateway of India, Chowpatty, we would see it all in a day.  Tired and exhausted in the evening our last stop would be “Haji Ali Juice Centre” perched on the edge of Arabian Sea, where we would eat Sandwiches and the exotic “Fruit Cream”.

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A creamy, delicious delicacy made of chilled Cream with Sugar and lots of fresh fruit it was a treat that we could hardly afford. But my parents would indulge, and we would share a bowl between us. My mother who did not enjoy the creamy dessert would give up after one bite and then my brother, and I would use our spoons in a race to finish the Cream with my mother’s voice ringing in our ears “Papa ko bhi khane do” (let your father also eat). My dad would laugh and would repeat his favorite lines that “He has a Pipe in his stomach that was attached to our bellies, so everytime we ate, he felt full.” And needless to say, the Fruit cream would get demolished between my brother and me, without him taking a single bite.

 

As I found myself standing in the same spot after many years, with the ability to afford a whole bowl for myself, the salt from the Sea making my lips salty and memories foggy. I took a bite of the decadent Fruit cream, which was still exotic and rich with nuts and fruits but somehow did not taste as delicious, without the pipe that connected my father with us.

 

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Famidha

Haji Ali juice shop opened in Calicut and it was the talk of the town! that was the first time I heard about Haji Ali juice and sandwiches and I am so glad I went there and enjoyed the smoothies.. its almost a year now.. Waiting to get back to India and go to every favourite restaurant and eat to refill the memories that can last me until my next visit… :-( Reading this just makes me miss home right now.. so much and I can relate to dad and mom taking us for outings.. love.

bhavna

Thank you so much Famidha, you are very kind.

Suvratha John

Do you have a recipe for this? Looks delish!

bhavna

Suvratha thank you for writing. This is basically Sugar and cream blended together and then loaded with lots of fruits. It is heavy and sinful.

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