Wedding Ceremonies

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Ceremonies prior to the marriage  Rupiya Peravanu Rupiya Peravanu literally means gifting rupees in Gujarati language. This ceremony marks the unofficial engagement when both the families acknowledge the acceptance of the marriage alliance. On this day, ladies from the groom’s family pay a visit to the bride’s house. The bride is presented with a gift […]

Navroze Celebrations – a video by PARZOR

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Haft Sheen/Seen Sofreh (spread) for Naurooz

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Hamā Anjuman Prayers for Naurooz In English, Farsi and Gujarati

Seven Ways to Celebrate Navroz 2020

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Navroze / Nowruz / Nooruz is on March 21, 2020. Commemorated in a grand and elaborate fashion, preparations for  Navroze begin well in advance. Houses are cleaned to remove all the cobwebs and painted new. They are then adorned with different auspicious symbols, namely, stars, butterflies, birds and fish. New attires are ordered and made […]

Get ready for Navroze 2020

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Cookbooks by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Available to purchase on https://www.amazon.com/shop/parsicuisine

A Parsi Story: Sugar in the Milk

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I would like to take you on a journey into the culture, and nuances of the Parsi Cuisine of India. I would like to present to you the famous Story of Parsi immigration (into India) and their welcome with “Sugar in the Milk”. One of the oldest stories of Sugar and Milk in Parsis (Parsi / […]

Pastry filled with Cream or Malai Khaaja

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Malai Khaaja Method 1 (with puff pastry) Ingredients 1 heavy cream carton. Small size of 8 oz. 1 tin evaporated milk 1 lb. Mava / Khoya 3 tsp Sugar or to taste 1 tsp Elaichi Cardamom powder or to taste 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder or to taste. 3 threads of Saffron or to taste. (Note […]

Khordad Saal Mubarak

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Khordad Sal The birthday of Zoroaster Khordad Sal is celebrated as the birthday of Zoroaster. This is known as the ‘Greater Noruz’ and happens six days after Navroze. The chosen date is symbolic since the actual date of the Prophet’s birth cannot be identified accurately. This festival is considered one of the most important in the Zoroastrian […]

Rita’s Dar ni Pori

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This is a pastry filled with sweet lentils and dry fruits. To top it all there are cherries, which are so festive. I specially like the red auspicious color they add, my mother used to get these added along with green, yellow and red Tutti-Frutti! ( candied fruits ) Question: Did you know why the […]

Authentic Parsi fare

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The community’s population might be dwindling but Parsi cuisine is going places it’s never been to before. Sonal Ved offers a whiff and taste of authentic Parsi fare, rich with Persian influences Photo courtesy: Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu Last month, London’s Bombay-styled cafe Dishoom beat top restaurants such as Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Spanish tapas bar Barrafina […]

Navroze Greetings

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Wishing all our supporters, subscribers and well wishers a very Prosperous, Peaceful, Navroze Mubarak!

Parsis gets their last name and first name with food

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It is no exaggeration to say that Parsis, the Zoroastrians of India, take their food seriously – very seriously. Love of good food and drink plays a central, oftentimes quirky, role in nearly every aspect of our culture. When our babies sit upright for the first time, we celebrate by making them sit on top […]

Reprinting culinary heritage

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Reprint of Vividh Vani by ParsiCuisine.com

Understanding the Parsi love for Eggs

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Parsi Stories and Recipes by Rita Kapadia (Boston’s Cookbook Author) and Kainaz Contractor (New Delhi’s Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu) featured in an egg-cellent article by Henna Achhpal  of  LivingFoodsz.com Eggs stories and beliefs from Rita Kapadia and Kainaz Contractor. You’re not in a real Parsi home if you don’t find trays of eggs stacked over each […]

Parsi Chowk Designs

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Parsi Chowk Designs are adapted from the land of India, where the parsi (persians) settled over 700 years back. The hindi indian word is “Rangoli”. Maharashtra, Kerala and Gujaratis  have unique designs. The Parsi designs are mostly floral. Fish shapes and fire patterns are popular. The designs and motifs are auspicious and bring good luck, […]

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