pun · saa · ri (पंसारी) n.
1. A community spice seller
2. A local grocer
3. A source for Ayurvedic remedies
Hello! Warm Welcome to Pansaari.
We are a Chai Café, Indian Market, Cooking School, and Event Space.
Pansaari is a bar, a communal space, or a third-space where you come in for a quick ‘pick me up’, or decide to linger and make new friends: you choose your experience.
Our Chai Bar offers hot and cold drinks, snacks, and small meals, all of which are designed to be nutritionally dense, offering you a spurt of energy or a ‘rebalancing’ as you go about your busy DC day. We believe in real food with no hidden additives, chemicals, or food substitutes, while supporting local farmers who replenish the earth that nourishes us. We encourage you to bring your own containers for carry out, joining us in a collective effort to reduce waste of precious resources.
On Saturday and Sunday we open our kitchen doors to cook you brunch, which is hot and fresh off our stove and served at our communal dining tables.
Our Spicebar offers a large selection of fresh Indian spices of the absolute highest quality. We also maintain an eclectic selection of groceries, including lentils, rice, seasonal produce from DC urban-farms, grass fed dairy products, and rotating home-made selections of kombucha, chutneys, pickles, paneer, and ghee.
We welcome you to come peruse our diverse marketplace, showcasing hand-crafted home goods, clothes, block-printed textiles, reclaimed wood furniture, and many other small finds.
We also offer a variety of cooking classes, suitable for novices and pros alike. We have a mission to teach you how to cook healthy and delicious meals, like those we eat at home in India. In doing so we hope to support the efforts of our local farmers, introduce a return to seasonal diets, show you the myriad health benefits of spices, and accommodate all dietary preferences. We hope you will join us.
Lastly, we think Pansaari is a beautiful space :) We are open for all types of private parties or corporate events. We also offer flexible catering options.