February 4, 2017

Bhakhra made in an “Ebelskiver” pan. The dutch call these Poffertjes

I wandered around in the kitchen section of Costco almost unconsciously thinking I need better non-stick pans. My eyes rested on a wonderful box of Ebelskiver  pancake pan. Somehow I thought this pan could make excellent Indain Parsi Bhakras. I bought the pan. Rushed home and dug out the bhakhra recipe from my cookbook. I […]

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January 27, 2017

Know Your Food: Parsi Cuisine At A Glance

Jamva chaloji We all know how the lovely Parsi community came to the Indian subcontinent, but we seldom adore the culinary offerings of their underrated cuisine. With influences from Azerbaijani, Kurdish and Turkish cuisines, it’s intriguing how such a huge chunk stays unexplored. Chicken Farcha@Sodabottle Openerwala, New Delhi Chicken Farcha Move over fried chicken; Farcha […]

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January 24, 2017

Mava ni Boi – the easy way

Mava ni boi, I made for a library presentation of my cookbook. Mava ni boi is a fish-shaped dessert made from ricotta cheese, sugar, cardamom and vanilla. Fish is a symbol of good luck, prosperity and fertility. Ingredients 500 gms – soft fresh white Mava or Ricotta Cheese 300 gms – powdered sugar (or to […]

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January 11, 2017

Bombay Bakery’s Coffee Cake

by Bisma Tirbizi Nostalgia is a beautiful thing — it comes with editing, and our brain selectively remembers only the very wonderful. One memory I cherish is the legendary coffee cake from the famed Bombay Bakery in Hyderabad. Abu was a marketing executive at a German multinational, the times were the glorious ’70s and ’80s, […]

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January 3, 2017

How to make Kumas

We made a video to kick off  our “Parsi Cuisine Heritage Video Presentations”. This video is of making the Parsi Kumas Cake, which is very forgotten but tasty parsi cake. Our YouTube Channel is http://www.YouTube.com/TheParsiCuisine  Kumas Recipe  Kumas is an ancient cake from 18th century and beyond!

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December 19, 2016

 Zoroastrian link to the Biblical Magi Kings

 Three Kings”, or “Three Wise Men” or the “Magi” In Christian tradition, the Magi (pronounced Greek: μάγοι, magoi), also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men, (Three)Kings, or Kings from the East, are a group of distinguished foreigners who are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity and […]

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December 7, 2016

Kumas Cake

by Rita Makes 24 pieces Time to prepare – 2 days 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 […]

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November 17, 2016

Belgaum Gheewala, a shop often patronized by Parsis

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September 2, 2016

The Batasa Story – Jamshed & Cyrus Dotivala

Recipe of Batasa Is it true that the Dotivala family invented the famous Parsi Batasa ? How and when did this come about? Yes, our forefathers were the inventors of the famous tea time biscuit popularly known as Batasa. It was in the early 1800’s when our forefather Mr. Faramji Pestonji Dotivala joined the Dutch […]

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May 7, 2016

OATS AND HONEY MAWA CAKE by SodaBottleOpenerWala and Huffington Post

Ingredients Butter: 400 gm Sugar: 400 gm Eggs: 10 Vanilla essence: 5 ml Flour: 300 gm Oats: 300 gm Baking powder: 5 gm Mawa: 500 gm Milk: 250 ml Seeds: 250 gm Honey: 150 ml Method Preheat oven to 175°C. Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat the eggs until nice and fluffy, […]

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April 21, 2016

A sophisticated Parsi answer to the Russian Pavlova

COCONUT, DATE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE MERINGUE Ingredients Egg whites: 6 Icing sugar: 250 gm Ground almonds: 70gm Chopped dates: 75 gm White chocolate chips: 70 gm Desiccated coconut: 70 gm Method Preheat oven to 190C. Beat the eggs whites for 1-2 minutes, gradually adding the sugar a little at a time. Fold in the rest […]

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March 24, 2016

Ava Ardivisur Parab and enjoying the Dal ni Pori

Today is “Ava roj (day) and Ava mahinoh (month)” in the Parsi community of India. Dar ni Poris (Sweet lentil and dry fruit pastries) are sent and eaten. The devout parsis go to the sea or any form of water to pray and pay respect to the water that nourishes the body, while enjoying the […]

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January 27, 2016

Believe in the magic of kindness

The beautiful and heartwarming story of an old man and his Mawa Cake….Watch it and feel a surge of emotions run through you.. Related Recipes: Eggless Mava Cake Mava Cake Lovers Cookbook

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January 20, 2016 Nankhatai Homemade, Wholesome and Authentic

What do Nankhatai Biscuits and Nankhatai Band have in common?

What do Nankhatai Biscuits & Nankhatai Band have in common? Answer: Both Biscuit and Band were popular in Surat, India. The soft crumbly nankhatai brings back many a fond memory. The wor d Nankhatai comes from the Persian word ‘Nan‘ meaning bread and ‘Khatai’ probably comes from ‘Catai’ or ‘Cathay’, the older name for China. Thus […]

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July 10, 2015

Kayani Bakery, Pune, India

A visit to Kayani Bakery is the tradition in Pune. One must visit at least once if not more and gorge on their delicious Shrewsbury biscuits, creamy cakes, and other confectionary. They also have enough for those who prefer salty stuff. For those who are nostalgic – here are some pictures: The tradition for my […]

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March 17, 2015

A Food Tour of Udvada

Instead of booking a table at a city Bawa eatery on Parsi new year, drive to Udwada for boi, dal-chawal and patio 1. The Hormuzd Bakery stall outside Iranshah Atash Behram stocks crumbly nankhatais and spongy bhakras; 2. Breakfast at Ahura: Parsi poro, akuri and salli par eedu with fresh pav make a jumbo breakfast at […]

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January 24, 2015 Batasa

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, […]

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June 23, 2014

On the Parsi food trail – Paris Bakery pit stop

Go where the Parsis go. Here is a comprehensive list of affordable Parsi foodie haunts in and around South Mumbai? A popular pit stop for Parsi goodies is Dhobi Talao’s Paris Bakery Meher Mirza RTIs around town Ratan Tata Institute (RTI) outlets have popped up everywhere. There is one in Holland House in Colaba. You can […]

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November 5, 2013

Dar ni Pori Recipe (from cookbook)

Click here to see Video for making pastry Dar ni Pori Recipe  Dal ni Pori (Sweet Pastry) Original recipe from my Mother Parin Homi Munshi and dedicated to her. Also known as Dar ni Pori, Daar ni Poli in gujarati. Dal ni Pori is a pastry to be served at tea-time. A Zoroastrian custom at […]

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