630 Flushing Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Pooja's interest in flavor development and fragrances of unique spices can be traced back to her childhood. On any given morning, you could spot Pooja taking long whiffs of her parents' chai often before they took their first sip, a practice that they patiently indulged. Although atypical, this was the first step into a lifelong passion for experimenting with aromatic spices, global cuisines and unconventional flavor pairings.
Pooja became particularly inspired by the blank palate of an ice cream base, when she discovered that the same spices of her childhood - ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and saffron - could be used to robustly flavor ice creams in a way that she never tasted before.
After graduating with her MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business, Pooja decided to take the leap to grow her hobby into a business and bring these unique flavors to new audiences. In 2015, Pooja launched Malai, a small-batch artisanal ice cream company. Pooja continues to craft all of Malai's ice cream by hand at Brooklyn FoodWorks, and is continually energized by introducing her passions to more people.