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Pooja Bavishi

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Pooja Bavishi is the Founder and CEO of Malai, an ice cream company with flavors inspired by aromatic spices and South Asian ingredients, based in Brooklyn, New York. Pooja’s interest in desserts started when watching cooking shows on television, and then trying to recreate the recipes in the kitchen herself. Though she pursued other interests through the non-profit sector, she continued to follow her dessert-making hobby. Pooja became particularly inspired by the blank palate of an ice cream base, when she discovered that the same spices of her parents’ Indian cooking – ginger, rose petals,... READ MORE

Pooja Bavishi is the Founder and CEO of Malai, an ice cream company with flavors inspired by aromatic spices and South Asian ingredients, based in Brooklyn, New York. Pooja’s interest in desserts started when watching cooking shows on television, and then trying to recreate the recipes in the kitchen herself. Though she pursued other interests through the non-profit sector, she continued to follow her dessert-making hobby. Pooja became particularly inspired by the blank palate of an ice cream base, when she discovered that the same spices of her parents’ Indian cooking – ginger, rose petals, saffron, and cardamom – could be used to robustly flavor ice creams in a way that she never tasted before.

In 2015, Pooja launched Malai to bring these unique flavors to new audiences. Pooja continues to craft all of Malai’s ice cream recipes, which has been named one of the best ice creams in NYC. She distributes through retail and wholesale channels nationwide, and also opened its very first brick and mortar ice cream shop this year in Brooklyn.

Pooja holds a B.A. in Public Policy from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.S. in Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business. She is also a 2018 Tory Burch Foundation Fellow supporting women entrepreneurs.

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Pooja Bavishi is the Founder and CEO of Malai, an ice cream company with flavors inspired by aromatic spices and South Asian ingredients, based in Brooklyn, New York. Pooja’s interest in desserts started when watching cooking shows on television, and then trying to recreate the recipes in the kitchen herself. Though she pursued other interests through the non-profit sector, she continued to follow her dessert-making hobby. Pooja became particularly inspired by the blank palate of an ice cream base, when she discovered that the same spices of her parents’ Indian cooking – ginger, rose petals, saffron, and cardamom - could be used to robustly flavor ice creams in a way that she never tasted before. In 2015, Pooja launched Malai to bring these unique flavors to new audiences. Pooja continues to craft all of Malai's ice cream recipes, which has been named one of the best ice creams in NYC. She distributes through retail and wholesale channels nationwide, and also opened its very first brick and mortar ice cream shop this year in Brooklyn. Pooja holds a B.A. in Public Policy from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.S. in Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business. She is also a 2018 Tory Burch Foundation Fellow supporting women entrepreneurs.