Time & Talents Club Recipe Book

First published in 1935, the Time & Talents Club Recipe Book’ contains 2,000 recipes, is 500 pages long, and dispenses wisdom from Shakespeare and Voltaire. The Time & Talents Club Recipe Book is a tome you need two hands to carry. Though it began as a single-sheet cookbook, it has been republished six times over 40…

Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century

The cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine of India.  With classical and regional India’s Parsi / Parsee recipes as well as an introduction to Parsi heritage, history, and culture. The book’s…

Happy Father’s Day – 10 Alarm Chilli the Parsi Way (Kheemo)

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. Jim Valvano 10 Alarm Chilli the Parsi Way (Kheemo)    

Chasni Recipes

Chasni served at 11th World Zoroastrian Congress – Perth, Australia After the Jashan, the Master of Ceremonies Zarine Commissariat, Afreed Mistry and Farzana Khambatta took over and the Ervads were felicitated by our Congress Chairman Mr Firoz Pestonji, for their contribution to the community. Aspandiyar jee also gave a short speech informing the people of the importance of the Jashan…

Known to lower A1C and blood sugar levels.

by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Known as Bottle Gourd in USA. Doodhi is a vegetable also known as Lauki, Lavki in India.  Buy one that has soft skin and if you dig your nail into it, it should leave a mark and feel soft. Doodhi is very good for diabetes. Drinking it as a juice has been…

Fish wrapped in Banana Leaf with delicious Chutney: Parsi Patra ni Maachi

While vacationing in Dahanu a couple of years back, and driving back to Gujarat from the Maharashtra state. I saw fisher women selling promfrets, pronounced locally as pamplets on the roadside. Dahanu is a coastal town and a municipal council in Palghar district in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is located 110 km from Mumbai…

Doodhi ni Barfi

Doodhi ni Barfi Ingredients: 800 gm Doodhi 400 gm sugar 200 gm mawa Pinch of cardamom 0ne drop of edible green color 5 tsp chopped pistachios and almonds Method:  Boil the doodhi for 1 minute Put the doodhi in a non-stick pot and then put 400 gm sugar. Keep cooking for 15-20 minutes. Then put the mava…

Omelette with Potato Sticks and Spice

by Hosang Gandhi Our Hosang likes experimenting! He made a egg omelette recipe with matchstick potatoes (Parsi Sali). Make a mix of: 3 eggs beaten 1 cup Potato sticks 1 Chopped Tomato 1 tsp Ginger and Garlic Paste 1/2 tsp Turmeric 1/2 Red Chilly Powder In a non-stick pan heat 3 tsp of canola oil…

Parsi Dhansak Recipe

  (Also spelt as  Dhansaak, Dhanshak,  Dhunsak, Thansak) Vegetarians can leave the meat out and make the dal, it comes out very good. Parsi Dhansak Recipe: Parsi Dhansak for the good times by Rita Ingredients For the Dhansak dal: 1 lb Chicken skinned and washed. (or Lamb, Goat Meat. Vegetarians can leave the meat out…

Paneer Tikka

Served as an appetizer Paneer Tikka is very healthy for kids and adults alike. INGREDIENTS : 2 cups paneer cubes, about 1″ each 2 tsp garlic paste 2 tsp ginger paste 1 tsp chaat masala 2 tsp chilli powder tandoori masala 1 tsp powdered black pepper 1 tbsp salt A few drops of red colour…

Parsi Street Food

RAJYASREE SEN April 23, 2015 My comfort food in college was milky cutting chai – spiced tea ‘cut’ into a small glass portion –accompanied with maska pav (a bread bun with lots of butter) sold on a Mumbai street corner. Or, on a good day if the vendor had stocked up on eggs, I’d upgrade to an anda pav –…

Surti Papri Chicken, Mutton or Lamb (with vegetarian option)

Surti Papri Chicken, Mutton or Lamb (Vegetarians can leave the meat out) Ingredients: 2 lbs papri (surti Papri can be found in Indian Grocery Stores. Threaded and broken into 1 inch long pieces) 1 lb Mutton, Chicken or Lamb 3/4th tsp ajwain (bishop seed) 2 onions thinly sliced 2 whole pods of garlic, unpeeled or 10-12…

Lemon Grass: Leeli Chai/Lemon Grass Health benefits

Lemon grass is a perennial, aromatic tall grass with a light lemon scent used for culinary and medicinal purposes. For centuries, herbalists have used the herb as an effective digestive tonic and nervous system relaxant. Lemon grass oil is used to help clear blemishes and maintain balanced skin tone. Lemon grass is also used as an insect and mosquito repellent. Now,…

Fried Pomfret (from cookbook)

Fried Promfret Serves – 4 Preparation time – 10 minutes; Marination time – 45 minutesIngredients: Silver pomfrets – 1/2 kg, cleaned and drained well, make small slant cuts over the skin (you may want to use any other fish of your choice that is available) Turmeric powder – 1/8 teaspoon Red chilli powder – 3…

Akuri – Traditional Parsi Akuri made the old fashioned way and with the old fashioned taste!

Akuri is basically scrambled eggs. You can have it for breakfast. Serve it with Rotli or toasted bread. The way you make each dish changes based on the method and process used in cooking the eggs. Ingredients  change the flavor of the spicy scrambled egg dish. You can make it spicy, sweet and savory as…

MANGO MURABBA (Parsi Murambo)

Ingredients 1 kg semi-ripe mangoes (any variety, but for best results and taste, either alphonso, or, even better still, the `bottle’ mango, `batli keri’. Best to use are small green, totally unripe mangoes. But then add more jaggery, according to taste.) White or red pumpkin can be substituted. Peaches can be substituted. 200 gms jaggery…

Moussaka – Classic Greek Moussaka with Eggplant

  Moussaka is a casserole made by layering eggplant with a spiced meat filling then topping it off with a creamy bechamel sauce that is baked to golden perfection. It is perhaps the most widely recognized of all Greek dishes and was made famous by the legendary Greek chef, Nicholas Tselementes. This eggplant version is…

Bhakhra

Ingredients: 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup all purpose bleached flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup fine semolina (Ravo) 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter) 1 egg, beaten 125ml toddy mixed with 1 tsp sugar and 125 ml warm water (Beer can be substituted for toddy) Water as required 1 tsp powdered cardamom…

Parsi Sev

  Parsi Sev is also known as Sweet Vermicelli in Indian Grocery Stores. Serves 10 or 4 (see separate ingredient list ) Ingredients for serving 10 : 500 grams vermicelli, white or brown roasted 125 grams ghee or oil 500 grams sugar 2 ozs rose-water or 1 tbsp rose essence (optional) 125 grams almonds, blanched. sliced (optional) 125…

Kumas Cake

Recipe by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Makes 24 pieces Ingredients 6 oz salted butter (melted) 2 cups sugar 5 eggs 1 cup wheat flour 1 cup rava (fine grain semolina) 1/2 cup cake flour or baking plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 tsp cardamom powder 2 tsp nutmeg 1 1/2 cup yogurt…

Salted Lassi with Coriander and Cumin

Drink Indian Cumin Lassi without sugar. Great for Diabetics.  Salted Lassi is healthy and nutritious for your body. Ingredients: Plain Yogurt 1 cup Water 1 cup Coriander leaves 3 Cumin powder a pinch Salt to taste Method of preparation: Wash coriander leaves and grind them with little amount of yogurt using a juice blender. Add…

Rita’s Secret Cashew Lamb Curry revealed!

Rita’s Secret “Kaju Mutton ” Cashew Lamb Curry revealed ! Lamb can be substituted with Mutton. Kaju is a Indian word for Cashew. (Cashews can be substituted with Almonds) Ingredients 4 lbs boneless Lamb Marinate lamb 10 tsp. Ginger Garlic paste 1 tsp turmeric powder 3 tsp salt Fry in hot oil 2 medium onions grated…

Seven recipes to celebrate Parsi New Year 2017

Satisfy your Parsi Food cravings. We hope you will cook delicious, mouth-watering food with the recipes, cookbooks and videos provided on this site. Get $5 off our books for the coming Parsi New Year Celebrations.  Apply Discount Code “AFDX5BD5” * Sale ends August 31, 2017 Click on image to go to the Amazon Create Space shopping cart. Next, add…

Famous Parsi Fish with Green Chutney, Patra ni Machhi

A very popular recipe of the Parsi Cuisine. Patra ni Machhi   Recipe Ingredients 4 banana leaves 1 kg fish Juice of 1 lemon 3/4 tsp salt Chutney: 1 grated coconut 6 green chillies 50 gm coriander leaves with stems 1 tbsp mint leaves 1 tsp ground cumin seeds 1 tsp sugar Salt to taste…

Masala Chai ( Spiced Tea)

A cup of tea shared with another person is known to create a new karma each time. So next time you have a cup of tea with someone, have good thoughts, and share good words.   Health value: Antioxidant Removes Headaches, Muscle aches, soothes and relaxes. Ingredients: 2 cups water 4 tea bags, black tea…

Enjoy learning how to make a very mouth-watering, satisfying and healthy Parsi Dhansak Meal

Recipe (Also spelt as  Dhansaak, Dhanshak,  Dhunsak, Thansak) Vegetarians can leave the meat out and make the dal, it comes out very good. Parsi Dhansak Recipe: Parsi Dhansak for the good times by Rita Ingredients For the Dhansak dal: 1 lb Chicken skinned and washed. (or Lamb, Goat Meat. Vegetarians can leave the meat out…

Parsi Cuisine Cookbooks

The cookbook “Parsi Cuisine” provides classical and regional Parsi recipes as well as an introduction to Parsi heritage, history, and culture. The book’s Recipes, Full color photographs, Step-by-step instructions and 240 pages are intertwined with descriptions of ancient and modern Parsi ceremonies, folktales, travel excerpts and anecdotes. The author Rita Jamshed Kapadia resides in USA…

The place of Tea in Indian Culture

Indians love tea, they are crazy about it – and they even have a special word for it – chai. India is one of the largest tea growers in the world. Tea is grown in the north and the south – in exotic places like Munnar in Kerala, Darjeeling, Assam, and Nilgiri Mountains. The tea…

Malido

  Ingredients 8  Cups Whole wheat flour 550 Gram Evaporated dry milk powder 1 kg 350 g castor sugar 1 Cup  Milk approx 7 Eggs  beaten 1 Cup  Pistachio 1 Cup  Blanched almonds  slivered 1/2 Cup  Sultanas (Raisins) 2 tsp powdered cardamoms and nutmeg Rosewater to taste 1 tsp Salt 1 1/4 Kg Ghee approx Method:…

Batasa a favorite biscuit snack. Good with Tea or Coffee anytime!

Batasa* Recipe:  Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour 1 stick unsalted butter or margarine 1/2 to 1 tsp salt (to your taste) 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tsp double acting baking powder 1 tsp caraway seeds 1/2 cup warm water Method: Mix all of the above ingredients to form a ball of dough. Allow to stand for…

Parsi Saas

Parsi Saas is a tasty, delicate, savory white sauce. Add any fish or shrimp and it is manna from the heavens. Indeed this Saas is different. It is something I like serving my family often. Easy to make and a variation from the white saas we are all used to. This is brown and has…

Parsi Kheemo

For Father’s Day. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: 2 lb mince, mutton or beef 2 large onions, sliced tsp chili powder 1 tsp ginger paste 1 tsp garlic paste 1 tsp cumin seed 1 tsp salt 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 tsp turmeric ketchup, Worcester sauce 4 green chilies, slit 1/2 bunch coriander 3 raw mangoes,…

Jardalu ma Marghi (Chicken with Apricots) (Original recipe)

Chicken with Apricots / Jardalu ma Marghi * Jardalu ma marghi is one of those fruit-and-meat dishes that reach far back into ancient Parsi culinary history, long before the migration to India. The starring ingredient in this royal dish is a type of apricot that comes to us from central Asia. Its scientific name is…

Irani Chai ( Spice Masala Chai)

Serves 6 Ingredients Spice ingredients for one pot of tea: 1/2 of a star anise star 10-12 whole cloves 7 whole allspice or 1/4 tsp ground allspice powder *See photo below 1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon bark (or 2 short sticks) 7 whole white peppercorns 1 cardamon pod opened to the seeds Other ingredients: 1…

The Batasas, Nankhatais and Kahri Biscuits of Dotivala Bakery

Dotivala The ‘Batasas’ Family of Surat UpperCrust visits Dotivala, Surat’s oldest bakery, which is known all over India for its Batasas, Nankhatais and Khari biscuits. WHATEVER you do in Surat, you cannot come away without buying Nankhatai, Batasas and Khari biscuits from the old Dotivala bakery there. It is located on Ardeshir Kotwal Road, Nanpura,…

Health benefits of Ganthoda powder and Vasanu

GANTHODA Ganthoda is a powder made from the root of a long pepper. This powder is known by several other names, which include pipramul and peepramul; however, ganthoda is a word native to India. Ganthoda powder mixed with ginger powder, water and jiggery is an Indian natural remedy for gastric discomfort and joint pain, according…

Guide to Measures

Old weights converted to 21st century measures. TIPRI is 1 Cup approx. RATAL is 500 grams In 1956, For metric conversion, Government of India defined the Seer as follows: One Seer = 0.93310 kilogram exact The UN (1966) set One Seer = 2.057 pounds on average. This is approximately 2 pounds and One ounce 1…

Crunchy Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

These are awesome. Simply baked with olive oil, salt and black pepper they come out crunchy.   Very good and healthy for all ages.   Ingredients 1 Can of Garbanzo, Chickpeas 2 Tbs of Olive oil Salt to taste Black Pepper to taste    Method 1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees 2) Rinse the…

Doodh Na Puff (Milk froth)

Doodh Na Puff (Milk froth) This delicious and nutritious drink is traditionally made in the winter. Fresh  milk is used and to cool the milk, it was  put out on an open terrace or flat roof overnight. In this century we use the refrigerator and USA dairy cow’s milk. Best served immediately in the morning…

Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia

Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia is available here for a free download. The cookbook is written in Gujarati and comes in 2 volumes: Volume #1 <- Download link.  Volume #2 <- Download link.         

Parsi Dhan Dar (from cookbook)

Parsi  Dhan Dar  ( Also known as Mora Dal Chawal)       Chawal (Steamed Rice) 2 cups basmati Rice 4 cups water 1 tbsp Salt 2 tbsp Oil or ghee 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick (broken) 5 cardamom pods (broken) Wash the Rice then add the required water, ghee, Salt and all of above….

How to make potato matchsticks (sali) from scratch

  How to make Potato Matchsticks  from scratch. The Indian Parsi community calls “Potato Matchsticks” –  “Potato Sali”.  Sali is a Gujarati word meaning “straw” or “sticks”. Enjoyed best when fresh with salt and pepper. Bon Appetite! Step 1: Peel and wash Potatoes Step 2: Shred potatoes into thin strings  Step 3: Salt Shredded Potatoes  Step 4: In a electric…

Almond Macroons

Ingredients 1 cup fine powdered sugar 2 cups roasted and ground Almonds or Hazelnuts 3 eggs white 1 tsp. vanilla essence 1 ½ cup very lightly roasted slivered/flaked almonds 1 tsp. Butter for greasing fingers 2 tbsp. powdered sugar for sprinkling (optional) Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment…

Almond Chicken (from cookbook)

Ingredients 1 lb chicken  (cut in small pieces) Half a cup of blanched and peeled almond paste 1 cup yogurt 3 dry red chillies 3 bay leaves 1 teaspoon ginger/garlic paste 2 onions ground to a paste half a cup of warm milk with a few strands of saffron (kesar) disolved in it pinch of…

Charoli Nuts

What is Charoli? Hindi: चारोली; also called chironji, Hindi: चिरौन्जी) Marathi: चारोळी; Charoli are seeds of Buchanania lanzan and used as a cooking nuts primarily in India. Recipe: Lagan nu Custard

Saffron

Before using in cooking, soak the saffron strands in a teaspoon of warm water or milk. Crush tenderly to release the flavor from the strands. Use very little, 5 strands are enough for 1 cup of rice. Too much saffron makes the food (pulao) very pungent. How to grow Saffron: Saffron is harvested from a…

Plain Khichri – Parsi style

It is the Ayurvedic detox food.  Khichadi, pronounced kich-ah-ree and sometimes spelled “kitchari” or “khichdi,” has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick and the healthy during special times of Detox and Diet Cleansing. 1 cup rice 1/2 cup tuver Dal 2 cups water 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp salt 2 tbsps oil 1…

Methi per Edu (Fenugreek Eggs Parsi style)

2 cups fresh Methi(fenugreek) leaves 2 shallots 2 spring onions 2 garlic cloves 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp chili powder 2 tomatoes 6 eggs 2 tbsp oil   Saute in hot oil all of above ingredients except eggs for a few minutes. Crack the eggs on top with some water and cover to steam. Add very…

Eid Mubarak

CNN For the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, Thursday and Friday mark the conclusion of Ramadan, a 30-day period that requires participants to abstain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. The end of Ramadan is ushered in by Eid al-Fitr, a one- to three-day celebration abounding with culinary treats including sweet dishes like baklava and…

Father’s Day: A Foreword by my Father

Evolution of Cooking and a Foreword by my Father. The theory of Evolution of Universe has been discussed by Darwin, Einstein, Hawking and others. Evolution has proved the existence of the Creator beyond doubts, but it still remains a mystery to be solved. However we can feel and behold HIM through his manifestations such as Air,…

Coconut Mango Burfi – diamonds make the best display

Coconut Mango Burfi Note: No artificial colors used. Ingredients 1/2 kg aamras (mango puree) 1/2 cup sugar 250 gm desiccated coconut 1/2 cup milk powder 1/2 tsp cardamom powder 1/2 cup of coarsely grounded charoli nuts and almonds (dry fruits) 1 tbsp pure ghee Method Take a non stick pan and add mango puree aamras and sugar and…