September 19, 2018

Parsi Mithai Shop

“Badam-ni-Boi & More” Order super-delicious Marzipan mithai for all your happy occasions — birthdays, anniversaries, new baby, navjotes, weddings,  …. Customized party favors available. Will ship to family and friends in USA and Canada. All items $7 Mini-boi party favors $1.50 each plus shipping cost. All orders are custom gift-wrapped in serving trays or in gift […]

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September 15, 2018

Diwali Mithai, Stamps and Books

The word “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali”, originating from the Sanskrit word Dīpāvalī (दीपावली) which can be traow of Lights”. Hence the Diwali Festival is also called the “Festival of Lights”. Diwali is the name for the festival in North-India. In South-India the festival is called “Deepavali”. Cook up some delicious Diwali Delights using the recipes […]

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September 13, 2018

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet, Modaks are sweet flour dumplings stuffed with coconut, jaggery, nutmeg and saffron. This modak recipe is a steamed version, which is also known as ‘ukdiche modak’, however there is a wide variety of this Indian dessert which includes fried modak as well. A popular dessert from Maharashtra which is consumed highly […]

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September 6, 2018

Parsi Mitthu Dahi

by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Home-made Sweet Yogurt is a traditional parsi dish for Birthday, Navjote, Wedding, Jashan and other auspicious occasions. Mitthu Dahi is served cold with Sev, Ravo or just by itself. Dahi is very good for indigestion, heart burn and good health. For example when you are taking antibiotics for a Virus or […]

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August 18, 2018

Foods Kids will like

Finding Food and Dinner ideas is a challenge for even the most organized moms and dads, especially with kids – those notoriously pick eaters. Having brought up 2 kids myself here are my favorites. Try these well known kid’s foods below: French Toast Shortbread Cookies  3 Flavorsome Slow Cooker Recipes for Kids Rice Macaroni Puri […]

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August 15, 2018

Spems Ice Cream Drink

When the Parsis first landed in India sometime in the 7th century to escape persecution in Iran, they promised King Jadhav Rana that they would sweeten the Indian community as sugar sweetens milk. That was nearly 1,200 years ago in Sanjan. If that was in Gujarat, in Secunderabad’s Sardar Patel Road, the Iranis have lent […]

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August 15, 2018

Seven Ways to Celebrate

“Nav” (meaning new) + “roze”(meaning day)  = “New Day” 2018 Shahenshahi New Year Navroze / Nowruz / Nooruz is on August 17, 2018. 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 […]

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August 14, 2018

Sandhna

An ancient delicacy. Sandhna are fluffy white pancake like delicacy. They are made from rice flour that is kept to rise. You got to make them to know the taste of bygone days! Here is the much sought after recipe. Makes 25 Ingredients 3/4 kg. Rice Flour 4 cups milk 900 gm. Ghee 2 cups […]

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August 13, 2018

Rita’s Dar ni Pori

Question: Did you know why the parsis make Dar ni Pori (Sweet Pastry)? Answer: On Ava roj(day) and Ava mahinoh(month) Poris 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 Dal ni Pori. […]

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August 8, 2018

Bombay Bakery’s Coffee Cake

Looking for Bombay Bakery Coffee Cake Recipe? Why wait for a trip to Hyderabad when you can replicate the famous cake’s recipe at home? 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 […]

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August 7, 2018 Malido is a speciality of ours. Made from pure ingredients with flour, eggs, nutmeg, cardamon and garnished with fried or roasted almonds and raisins. Cherries can be added if desired.

Rita’s 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: […]

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August 6, 2018

Easy Malido

Dolly Contractor’s: MALIDO for Mukhtads offerings 8 Wholemeal Tortilla Wraps/or whole meal chapatti’s 2 Cups Sugar 4 Eggs 1 Mug of Ghee Cardamom crushed seeds Nutmeg Saffron Rose water Scraped Vanilla pod Sliced Almonds Sultana’s Preparation: In a pan 2 cups of sugar with 1.5 cup of water, boil until sugar is dissolved and sticky. […]

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July 31, 2018

Pori

From Behram Palamkote The best dar ni pori in Bombay one would get is from a parsi lady called Sheramai who is 89 years old and that is my mom. Once you taste it you will not like any other pori that’s a guarantee!  I can give you all her secret recipe which she does […]

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July 30, 2018 Malido is a speciality of ours. Made from pure ingredients with flour, eggs, nutmeg, cardamon and garnished with fried or roasted almonds and raisins. Cherries can be added if desired.

Muktad, Malido and Memories

The sweet smell of flowers, the beautiful aroma of sandalwood and “loban”, the well laid out tables with “karasiyaas” and vases and the soothing chant of the ancient prayers recited by our Dastoorji – these are all wonderful memories of the “Muktad” days, that my husband Jamshed remembers growing up in Ahmedabad. Food cooked for […]

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July 23, 2018

How to make Kumas – Kumas is an ancient cake from 18th century

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 Recipe Link: http://www.parsicuisine.com/kumas-cake/

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July 22, 2018 Khaman Na Ladwa

Khaman na ladoo

Khaman na ladoo These are made for a baby’s “Besnu“. This is when a baby starts sitting upright on his/her own bottom. or These are made for a baby’s “pag ladoo ceremony“. This is when a baby starts walking and standing on his/her own feet. Ingredients 1/2 Cup Rice flour 2 tbsp All purpose flour […]

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July 22, 2018

Kabab Pastry

Make the Shami Kababs (recipe). Unroll Puff Pastry sheets and cut into round circles. Put one kabab between 2 rounds of the puff pastry and press with a fork to seal. Bake in 400 degrees oven for 25 minutes or till golden brown.

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July 7, 2018

Tapioca Pudding with Banana Custard and Toasted Pecans

For the hot weather days, something cool. Made with tapioca this is a very tasty custard. Bananas and nuts add that special flavor! INGREDIENTS -:  100 g small tapioca pearls (I used plain white ones) 1 tsp green food coloring – optional 1200 ml semi-skimmed milk ½ cup golden caster sugar 1 tbs vanilla sugar […]

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June 28, 2018

Happy 4th of July – BBQ Sizzlers, Salad, Red White and Blue Shrikhand, and Cake

Red White and Blue Shrikhand Sizzlers Chicken Salad Blueberry Cake

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June 22, 2018

China Grass ( Gelatin ) Jelly

A Parsi Favorite in Summer. Cooling to the body and soul … Ingredients 1 China Grass packet (cut into small strips and use about quarter of a small packet). Milk as mentioned on packet Sugar and Cardamon to taste 1/2 tsp Rose Essence 1/2 tsp Falooda Rose Syrup Method Boil China grass in little water, […]

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June 11, 2018

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 […]

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June 11, 2018

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 […]

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June 4, 2018

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 […]

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June 1, 2018

Ravo

Ravo Recipe by Rita Jamshed Kapadia INGREDIENTS 1 liter or 4.5 cups of cold milk or as needed 4 tbsp. of Ravo (semolina or suji) 4 tbsp. (equal quantity ratio to ravo) of sugar (less for diabetics) 1 Egg 1/2 cup water or as needed 2-3 drops of Vanilla or Rose essence ½ tsp. of […]

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May 30, 2018

Recipe of an Indian soft cheese made at home with Rennet. Topli na Panir

by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Topli or Tokri means Basket in Indian Gujarati. Recipe of an Indian soft cheese made at home with Rennet. (Topli na Paneer) Many easy ways to make them and enjoy! Topli na Panir (2 recipes with rennet)  By Rita Jamshed Kapadia Recipe #1 (with rennet) Makes 4 – 5 Ingredients 4 […]

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May 18, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Cake Looks Absolutely Stunning

By Amy Mackelden With only a day to go, preparations are well underway for the royal wedding. And one crucial part of the big day has to be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake. It was announced back in March that Harry and Meghan had selected pastry chef Claire Ptak of London-based bakery, Violet Cakes, to make their […]

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May 9, 2018

Falooda – a drink for the hot summer with Rose, Cream and yummy ice-cream

Falooda – a drink for the hot summer with Rose, Cream and yummy ice-cream by Rita Jamshed Kapadia In the Persian language it is called it Faloodeh or Paludeh.  The Indian word “Falooda” is a Hindi and Urdu word.  Faluda is Bengali as well ! Serves 4 Prep time 15 minutes Cooking time 0 Ingredients […]

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May 4, 2018

Wedding Ceremonies

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 […]

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April 24, 2018

Mawa Cake With Pistachios, Rose and Saffron Cream

  By Aban Kekobad This is my version of the Mawa cake and I am sure you will find many versions online. It is a rich dense cake bursting with flavour -so it’s just-once in a while indulgence!   Ingredients for the cake 3 and a half cups of white flour 6 eggs *Mawa (sweet) 1 cup 1/2 cup […]

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April 22, 2018

Nan Khatai India’s Parsi Shortbread Cookies

Nan Khatai India’s Parsi Shortbread Cookies   These soft cookies are similar to the European dutch shortbread cookies. I flavored them with Rose and Cardamon. Very easy and fun to make. Round shapes are the easiest but feel free to roll out the dough and cut into other shapes. Makes 12 Ingredients 1 cup all […]

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April 5, 2018

Mango Kulfi

By Sheri Jeddy https://www.facebook.com/sheri.jeddy #Dessert # Mango Kulfi I believe if you are going to have a guilty indulgence go all the way. But have small portions. No Egg or Flour, I know there are short cuts but this is a labor of love as my husband loves. 2 liters half and half 2 liters. […]

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March 7, 2018

Sweet and Crispy Parsi Puri – Tal Papra

by Ervad Marzban Hathiram Editor’s Note: Sweet and Crispy Parsi Puri stays for a long time like a month. It is fondly called Tal Papra. Made from sesame seeds (Tal), cardamom and nutmeg powder, and caraway seeds. As I get ready for a very important prayer day tomorrow, here’s an old recipe not very commonly made today.. […]

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March 5, 2018

Chapat – Sweet Parsi Pancakes

by Dolly Contractor Serves 4 Ingredients 1 cup flour (atta) 6 small eggs (put less eggs if they are large) 2 – 1/2 cups coconut milk 1/2 cup milk (remove cream) 7 tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp essence of vanilla 15 gms pista (finely chopped) 25 gms almonds (finely chopped) 1 1/4 cup ghee Method Beat […]

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February 19, 2018

Heart shaped French Macarons

by Havovi Bhomisha Patel Ingredients 120 gm Egg white 100 gm Castor sugar 125 gm Almond powder 200 gm Icing sugar Method Whip egg whites and castor sugar till soft peak. Add sieved almond powder and icing sugar. Fold in with a spatula. Add a drop of gel colouring. Pipe on paper with the shape drawn […]

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February 16, 2018

FOOD MEETS ART WITH DINARA KASKO’S FANTASTIC CONFECTIONS

The Ukrainian pastry chef’s confections are abound with structural elements and geometric formations. On her baking process “First, I come up with some ideas and then I think about how I can realistically realise them – so, I imagine what my finished product will look like. After that, I create a 3D model on my computer, […]

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February 14, 2018

Parsi Dahitra

by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Makes a great Valentine’s Day Treat cuz it is sweet, rose flavored, salty and melts in your mouth. There is a big difference between the Parsi Dahitra and Gujarati Dahitra. The parsi one has Rose and salt and the taste is heavenly. The Gujarati one is fluffy and melts in your mouth. […]

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February 1, 2018

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 […]

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January 23, 2018

Delicious Chicken Puffs

On this #NationalPieDay Pastry + Filling = pie. #PieDay here is a parsi favorite recipe in this Video to share, make and enjoy. Recipe Ingredients 2 cups chicken breasts 1 tsp black pepper 1 onion 2 green chillies 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1/4 cup ghee 1 cup maida 2 cups milk or as needed for sauce 2 tbsp […]

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January 21, 2018

Bhakhra

  Bhakhras can be dusted with powdered sugar for variety and a Christmas look. by Rita Jamshed Kapadia 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 ghee (clarified butter) 1 egg, beaten 125 ml toddy mixed with 1 tsp sugar and 125 […]

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January 14, 2018

A Parsi Story: Sugar in the Milk

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 / […]

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January 4, 2018 Sev

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 […]

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December 27, 2017

Kumas Cake

Recipe by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Makes 24 pieces Ingredients 6 oz salted butter (melted) 2 cups sugar 5 eggs 1/4 cup grated blanched Almonds for cake mix 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 […]

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December 21, 2017

Shab-e Yalda: When Light Shines and Goodness Prevails

Today is the Shortest Day of the Year and the Darkest. Yalda on December 21 is celebrated in many parts of the world. Eating watermelon today is believed to keep you healthy in the new year. Watermelon seeds are one of the items in the parsi char jat nu magaj. I was requested to create […]

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December 19, 2017

Katy Dalal’s Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter

by Rhea Mitra Dalal Photo credit – Aaron Santos Katy Dalal, my mom in law, started a catering business from home many years ago. As she tried out new dishes and cuisines her popularity grew as did her skills and knowledge in the kitchen. One of her biggest successes has been the Christmas Pudding with […]

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December 6, 2017 DESSERT: Lagan nu Custard - garnished with almonds, pistachios

Lagan nu Custard (from cookbook)

by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Lagan nu Custard is made with eggs and is delicious! Recipe from my mother Parin Homi Munshi. More recipes in cookbook. Order HERE. Ingredients 6 cups milk or 3 cups heavy cream 1 slice bread 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 tsp vanilla essence OR 1 tsp Rose Essence 3 tsp […]

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December 5, 2017

Fondant Icing

This is a soft fondant icing recipe for decorating a Wedding Cake which is made as a Plum Cake (Oldies call it a Fruit Cake) Ingredients 250 grams fondant icing sugar 4–5 teaspoons water To roll: 1 tablespoon icing sugar 1 dessertspoon cornflour Method Begin by sifting the icing sugar (all but 1 heaped tablespoon) […]

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November 7, 2017

Sitaphal Pudding aka “Sugar Apple” or “Custard Apple” Pudding

Sitaphal is also known as “Sugar Apple” or “Custard Apple”  has a typical buttery, delicate flavor. INGREDIENTS  Sitaphal pulp – 1 1/2 cup China grass – 1 packet Water – 1 cup Cream cheese – 500 grams Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup Fresh cream – 1 cup Almond – Finely chopped, to garnish Pistachios – […]

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November 2, 2017

India’s Parsi Cuisine

  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 […]

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October 23, 2017

Kayani Bakery Shuts Shop!

To the point: If you haven’t heard yet, Kayani Bakery along with Kwality and Bagban Restaurant have been asked to shut operations until further notice by Pune Cantonment Board. According to a report on TOI, the aforementioned restaurants have been running operations for the past 11 years (since 2006) without the requisite trade license. These eateries […]

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October 9, 2017 White Pumpkin Preserve for your Thanksgiving Table

Introducing my White Pumpkin Preserve

Dear Friends, Rita’s Parsi Cuisine is introducing “Kohra no Murambo” (White Pumpkin Preserve). White Pumpkin Preserve is flavored with hints of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg with an amber caramel color which come from hours of gently simmering the grated pumpkin. Truly,  this Kohrano Murambo is a labor of love in the finest traditions of the Parsis.  […]

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October 8, 2017

Thanksgiving in Canada with Parsi Dar ni Pori (Pie)

by Sheri Jeddy  HAPPY THANKSGIVING  – remember there is always something to be Thankful for.  This Monday 9th October, is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. The tradition started in 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year. My Canadian neighbors invited us over on […]

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September 29, 2017

Eggless Mava Cake

Take butter and sugar in a bowl or pan. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add  mava Mix the crumbled mava with the creamed butter & sugar mixture. Next sieve the flour with baking soda and baking powder directly into the bowl. Add cardamom powder. Add milk and cream. Fold everything till the flour, […]

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September 17, 2017

Nankhatai Recipe

by Meher Mirza The Parsis especially have taken the nankhatai to their heart and it is to my favourite Parsi cookbook writer that I turned for the recipe. This is of course, my well-thumbed copy of Bhicoo Manekshaw’s Parsi Food and Customs in which she writes, “Parsis have no boundaries when it comes to good food […]

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August 20, 2017

Mumbai Chicken Puffs

Click here to see Video  Recipe Ingredients 2 cups chicken breasts 1 tsp black pepper 1 onion 2 green chillies 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1/4 cup ghee 1 cup maida 2 cups milk or as needed for sauce 2 tbsp Mayo 1 Cup parmesan cheese grated Salt and pepper to taste 1 muffin pan Pastry […]

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July 26, 2017 Best wishes for a very Happy Navroze for you and your family,

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 […]

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July 12, 2017

Eggless Mava Cake

Ingredients 1 1/2 cup Refined Flour 1 1/2 tbsp Crumbled Mava 3/4 cup Softened Butter 3/4 cup powdered Sugar 5 tbsp Milk Powder 2 tbsp Cornflour 1 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Soda Bicarbonate 1/4 tsp Cardamon pwd 1/4 Cup butter milk 2 tbsp Milk Method Preheat the oven at 350 F. Grease the tin or […]

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June 27, 2017 Quickie Date Coconut Sweet

Quickie Date & Coconut Sweet with Coconut Oil

Servings: 10 Preparation Time: 10 minutes Ingredients 2 cups nuts 20 pitted dates 3/4 cup dried, unsweetened coconut 2-3 teaspoons coconut oil * Method Place your nuts in a food processor and run it until you get a pretty fine texture. It’ll take about a minute. Add your dates, coconut, and 2 teaspoons of the […]

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June 19, 2017

Yogurt Shrikand in Red White and Blue

  Yogurt is hung to make it thick. Garnish with fresh blueberries, sliced almonds and serve shrikand immediately. Makes: 2 Servings of Shrikand. Ingredients 2 Cups Plain Yogurt 1 Pod Cardamom 4 Tbsps Sliced Blanched Almonds (optional) Fresh Blueberry Fruit (optional) Sugar to Taste A drop of red and blue food color (edible color) Method Crush […]

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June 12, 2017

Mango Halwa

by Pariz Neville Gandhi‎

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June 9, 2017

Falooda Ice-cream Mawa Cake

Layered Falooda Ice Cream Cake (cardamom flavored cake layered with falooda ice cream) by  ‎Kshama Parikh‎ is an artist and a blooger. Kshama’s blog is KesarLilly.com  Kshama also blogs in the Facebook group Foodaholics in Ahmedabad #Parsi #Cuisine The word Parsi means Persian and it is evident that Parsi cuisine is influenced by their Persian roots as […]

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May 31, 2017

Sweet Symphony of Strawberries, Roses and Custard

Roses are my favorite flower, Strawberries my favorite Fruit and Custard favorite dessert, so here’s putting all 3 together for a sweet symphony! Ingredients 3 cups Milk 1/2 cup Sugar 2 Eggs 15 Strawberries 1 tsp Rose Essence Method Boil Milk and sugar down for 20 minutes. Cool and add essence. Beat the eggs into […]

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May 16, 2017

Marzipan for Almond Fish or Parsi Badam ni Boi

Ingredients 1 lb Almond Flour made from blanched almonds crushed well 1 8 oz box confectioners sugar or regular sugar to taste 1/4 cup light corn syrup 1 to 2 drops of Flavoring (rosewater, vanilla, ice cream essence, or cardamom) 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons milk. Vegetable shortening, for greasing hands and mold 1 […]

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May 13, 2017 Ravo

Ravo

Ingredients:       1 liter of pasteurized cold milk.       4 tbsp of Ravo (semolina or suji)       4 tbsp (equal quantity ratio to ravo) of sugar       4 oz of Ghee (or 1/2 stick of unsalted butter)       1 Egg       1/2 cup […]

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February 17, 2017

Celebrating Navroze 2018

Celebrating Zoroastrian Festivals and Traditions Authored by Mrs Rita Jamshed Kapadia Book explains Zoroastrian Ceremonies of Parsi Weddings, Navjotes, Agarni, Pug Ladoo Ceremony, Death and Birth Ceremonies These ceremonies of joy and sad days are celebrated with Indian Parsi Foods. (Recipes: Inspired by old traditional parsi cookbooks like the “Vividh Vani”, Kapadia has come up […]

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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 30, 2017

BADAM NI BOI FUNDRAISER FOR ZAKOI WORSHIP CENTER FUND

Dear Friends, Yes, the BADAM-NI-BOI fundraiser is back! (See attached document on ingredients.  Each BOI consists of: crushed Almonds, sugar, flavorings, such as rosewater, corn syrup and only 2 tbsp of milk). The BOIs are $32 for a Pair, or $18 for 1 BOI (See more details on Shipping below, if you want them mailed […]

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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. Using a mold* make these fish shaped desserts. The ingredients are not really fish but just sugar, ricotta […]

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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 5, 2016

Plum Cake, Whiskey Fruit Cake

  Ingredients  Wheat flour – 1 1/2 cups Sugar – 3/4 cup Eggs – 3 Large Oil – 3/4 cup Baking powder – 1 tsp Baking soda – 1/4 tsp Salt – 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract – 1 tsp Caramel syrup – 1/2 cup Whiskey as needed – lots! Soak in 1 cup whiskey (more […]

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August 12, 2016 BLUEBERRY CAKE

BLUEBERRY CAKE

When Blueberries are in season, make a blueberry cake. Here is a simple recipe that works. Ingredients 2 cups cake flour 1 and a half cups powdered/confectioners sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 cup butter (softened) 1 cup blueberries 3 eggs Method 1. Mix all the ingredients together, and beat a little […]

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June 29, 2016

Pajama Sweets: Pistachio Brittle

PAJAMA SWEETS LAUNCHES GOURMET PERSIAN TREATS They look as pretty as they taste. On the tins are ornate designs, both inside and out, reminding me of the most intricate Persian miniatures or the crystal ewers in the Keir Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art. They—and their contents—aren’t quite like anything we’ve had locally. Pajama […]

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June 24, 2016

Persian Icecream: Does this remind you of Kulfi, Falooda ?

Meet the Man Who Introduced Persian Ice Cream to Los Angeles – Chef, Mashti Shirvani Many frozen dessert trends have come and gone—Froyo, Dippin’ Dots, liquid nitrogen-chilled ice cream, to name a few. However, Persian-style ice cream and sorbets are eternal. At least that’s what it seems like when you are sitting at one of […]

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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 22, 2016

A PARSI STYLE SEMOLINA KHEER SERVED ON FESTIVE OCCASIONS

RAVO Ingredients Ghee: 50 ml Semolina: 200 gm Milk: 750 ml Water: 250 ml Rosewater: 1 tbsp Cardamom powder: 5 gm Sugar: 200 gm Charoli (also known as chironji): 15 gm (for mixing inside) Charoli, sautéed raisins and roasted almond flakes for garnish. Method Slightly warm ghee in a non stick pan. Add semolina, and […]

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April 22, 2016

Lagan nu Custard by Akshata Karkaria

The beauty of an Indian dessert often lies not in the intricate recipe but in the significance of its offering. This holds especially true for Parsi desserts. “On birthdays, my mother-in-law will come with some sev and dahi. When I was pregnant, we distributed the famous conical ladvo, which you only get at specific sweet […]

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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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April 21, 2016

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 […]

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April 9, 2016

Parsi Cuisine at Inaugural Event at the Dar-E-Mehr in Pomona, NY : Sheroo Kanga’s Malido

 Recently we attended the Inauguration of the Dar-E-Mehr in Pomona, NY. The food served was delicious and one of the delicacies was Sheroo’s Malido. Malido Sales from 2013 – 2016 and for this event are an on-going fundraising effort by Sheroo that speaks of the dedication and loyalty of the Kanga family. Fresh Malido Trays were made by […]

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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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March 20, 2016 Best wishes for a very Happy Navroze for you and your family,

Navroze Mubarak

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March 8, 2016

Chocolate or Coffee Almond Lassi

Diabetics can substitute chocolate with coffee – less sugar. Total Time: 2 mins melting chocolate + 3 mins grinding Serves: 3 people Ingredients: -►200 gms chilled thick yogurt ( you could also use hung curd if you wish) -►2 tbsp water -►100 gms dark chocolate chunks (substitute chocolate with coffee – less sugar) -►4 tbsp […]

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February 8, 2016 Chocolate Covered Jimmy Strawberries

Happy Valentine’s Day !

  Here is the simplest recipe for Chocolate Covered Jimmy Strawberries, they are so much fun and low cost/budget to make at home. Ingredients 21 Large Strawberries 2 Cups approx, Dark Chocolate pieces (or leftover chocolate) 3 tbsp Butter 1 Cup Chocolate Jimmies Method Wash and dry strawberries with towel. Melt chocolate pieces in microwave on 50% […]

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February 2, 2016

Valentines Day

  Recipes for your pleasure: Here is the simplest recipe for Chocolate Covered Jimmy Strawberries. Okay, I admit they don’t look as professional as Martha Stewart brand or Edible Arrangements brand, but they are so much fun and low cost/budget to make at home. Chocolate Strawberries Valentines Fig Almond Cake Valentines Rum Cake Date and Prune […]

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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 word Nankhatai comes from the Persian word ‘Nan‘ meaning bread and ‘Khatai’ probably comes from ‘Catai’ or ‘Cathay’, the older name for China. Thus translating […]

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July 22, 2015 KULFI

Pistachio Kulfi

Pistachio Kulfi Serves 6 to 8.  Make ahead – Kulfi stays in freezer for a long time. Ingredients:    16 oz. whipping cream 1 can (14 oz.) evaporated milk 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk 2 tbs. pistachio pieces 1/2 tsp. pistachio flavoring 2 drops of green coloring (optional)           Method:         Blend all ingredients a […]

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July 18, 2015

The Saffron Elaichi Gulab Jamun

  The Saffron Elaichi Gulab Jamun !!! by Rita Jamshed Kapadia The Saffron Elaichi flavor tastes so good with the sugary jamun syrup that you do not need to add any other flavor to it. Ingredients 1 cup Milk Powder 1/4 cup Maida 1/4 tsp Baking Powder 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter 3 – 7 (to your […]

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July 17, 2015

Audh – forgotten but now remembered

Audh is a better mood elevator than a bar of chocolate! The primary ingredient in this is rice. It is one Parsi (forgotten but now remembered) dish Audh can be ready in less than 1 hour. Audh is served as Dessert. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups fine rice flour 2 cups icing sugar 225 grams ghee […]

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June 22, 2015

NYC’s Newest Must-Try Ice Cream is Babu Ji’s Kulfi

By Chris Crowley   It’s worth the wait. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev New York’s ice-cream wars have really ramped up in recent years, spurred on by a bevy of excellent new shops and stakes-raising creations like the black-and-white-cookie ice-cream sandwich and, uh, Kanye West Ice Cream Week. The latest contestant in this frozen-treat frenzy isn’t even […]

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June 22, 2015

Lagan nu Custard

Chef Niru Gupta It’s the Parsi version of the Creme Brulee and is essentially a bake of milk, eggs and cardamom. ‘Lagan-Nu-Custard’ is a Parsi dessert prepared during weddings. The name itself means ‘wedding custard’. Made with simple everyday ingredients like milk, eggs, butter and nuts. Ingredients 5 cups (1 kg) full cream milk 1/4 […]

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April 24, 2015

Easy Creamy Coconut Delight or Parsi Kopra Pak

  Ingredients: 1 cup coconut, grated. (frozen grated coconut) 1 1/2 cup Sugar 3 tablespoon Cream 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and cardamom powder Few drops red colouring 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2 teaspoon butter 1/2 cup pistachio nuts optional Method 1. Grease a tray with butter. 2. In a pan add grated coconut and […]

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February 24, 2015 Game: Guess which Mithai is in the tray?

Mithai

Mithai / Sweets/ Sweetmeats.                                         Motichoor (Boondi) Ladoo, Bundi Ladoo, Besan Ladoo 2. Kesar Kaju Katli Bombay Masala Halve or Bombay Khjoor halwa. Kesar Panda or Mathura Pedha Sugar Batasha 6 & 7.  Ghanthia Mung Dal fried Rose […]

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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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November 16, 2013

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 […]

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November 4, 2013

Mava Kalakand Halvo (from cookbook)

Ingredients: Whole milk 3.5 ltr Sugar as per your taste Green cardamom powder Pistachio for garnishing Method: Put a heavy bottom pan on medium heat and put 2 ltr milk . Cook it till it become thick consistency like Rabdi. Meanwhile heat the leftover milk and make chena by adding vinegar/lemon. Strain it in a […]

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February 27, 2013

Besnu

Besnu ceremony is performed when a baby is able to sit (approximately at 7 months of age). The child is seated on a “Patla” (little stool) and Khaman na Ladoo or Mava na Pendas or Boondi Ladoo  are placed around him/her. Some folks touch one ladoo to the babies feet an feed a little to the baby. […]

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