In the town of Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Om Prakash Palival opens his Malpua shop only once. The shop is only operational on the occasion of Hariyali Amavasya.
Hariyali Amavasya is a combination of the green fad and the moon day and is celebrated by a lot of people across India.
For four generations, The Palival family opens their shop and prepares a large batch of Malpuas a traditional Indian dessert. A Malpua is like a deep fried pancake that is served with sugar syrup and Rabadi.
The shop has been functioning for over 60 years and they have a set of rules that they follow. The make their Malpuas in a way that they are not tampering with the environment in any way. Hence they serve their Malpua's on Palash leaves to avoid plastic pollution.
They also use handmade locks on their shop as they believe that handmade ones are way better than the locks of today. People line up early in the morning to get their share of this deep fried goodness when the day the shop opens. It is said that this particular Malpua is heavenly and very few people get to have it. People travel from neighbouring towns to get a taste of this sweet. The owner describes his secret as the family recipe that hasn't been changed for the past 60 years!