MUMBAI: Did you know that the founder of Sulaiman Usman Mithaiwala Mr.Sulaiman, started his small ‘Lamba Pav’ (long bread usually eaten with kebabs) shop, in 1936 during British time at Minara Masjid area.
Mr. Sulaiman was always known to be a very hard working individual. He was accompanied by his five sons in his business. Soon, he entered into sweets business. Although his father Usman had nothing to do with sweets, Mr. Sulaiman started his sweet shop as Sulaiman Usman Mithaiwala.
Over the last few decades, this sweet shop has become a milestone in Minara Masjid area. Mr.Sulaiman’s children have branched out with their brand during this period.
His eldest son opened Usman Sulaiman Mithaiwala at Mahim, while another member of the family started another sweet shop at Minara Masjid named Sulaiman Mithaiwala.
So this family, who once sold Lamba Paw in a very small shop, during British time rose to the level of leading ‘Mithaiwalas’ and are among the leaders of the trade.
When Sulaiman Bhai and his sons began their sweet business, the traditional Mithaiwalas were known as halwais.
However Sulaiman Usman Mithai were pioneers to innovate and experiment. Sources in Sulaiman Usman Mithaiwala claim many innovations in the field of traditional Mithai or sweets.
They feel proud that ‘AFLATOON’ , a Mumbai sweet was innovated by their family. “Aflatoon is a sweet dish based in Mumbai. The specialty of ‘Aflatoon’ is that it is the only Mithai which is baked”said one source of the family.
This new sweet innovation, from Usman Sulaiman Family was named after the Greek Scholar Pluto, whose name in Arabic is Aflatoon.
Sulaiman Usman Mitahiwala has a wide range of sweets under their belt apart from the famous Aflatoon. Among those are given below:
Anjeer Barfi, Akhrot Barfi, Orange Malai, Anar Barfi, Dry Fruit Barfi. They have also innovated sugar free and low calorie sweets. Often these sweets are taken abroad by people who crave for this unique taste.