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Pooja Bavishi

Biography

Pooja Bavishi is the Founder and CEO of Malai, an ice cream company with flavors inspired by aromatic, South Asian spices and global ingredients, based in Brooklyn, New York. Pooja’s interest in food started when she was a child watching the early versions of cooking shows on television, and recreating the recipes in the kitchen herself. Though she pursued a career in 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’... READ MORE

Pooja Bavishi is the Founder and CEO of Malai, an ice cream company with flavors inspired by aromatic, South Asian spices and global ingredients, based in Brooklyn, New York. Pooja’s interest in food started when she was a child watching the early versions of cooking shows on television, and recreating the recipes in the kitchen herself. Though she pursued a career in 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. Pooja continues to craft all of Malai’s recipes, including flavors like Rose with Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, Masala Chai and Sweet Corn Saffron. Malai has a storefront in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Pints can be found at Whole Foods and other specialty food stores, and are shipped nationwide. 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.

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