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. 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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December 20, 2016

Kumas test

On our Wedding Anniversary day, I thought, I will give my hubby Jamshed a treat of good old Kumas. Jamshed’s mother Jaloo mai used to make great Kumas and so did my mother Parin and grandmother Tehmina.   I have made Kumas myself many times, but I wanted to try it this time in a […]

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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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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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July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July

Some Recipes for the day: Sizzlers Chicken Salad Blueberry Cake

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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 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 Bhakhra (Parsi Doughnuts)

Bhakhra: Donut Munchkins in the Parsi Flavor

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 […]

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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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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 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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February 9, 2015

Valentines Fig Almond Cake

For the foodies amongst us, that includes moi. See the recipe test and cake I baked above.  Here’s a lovely recipe from Jame’s in-house super chef MALCOLM WATCHA Fig & Almond Cake INGREDIENTS  285 gms dried, chopped figs 1 ½ cups water 1 tsp soda bicarb 125 gms softened butter (2 sticks) 1 cup powdered sugar/castor sugar […]

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February 8, 2015

Valentine’s RUM CAKE

  Ingredients: 300 gms currants 300 gms Raisins (Soaked in half cup Rum) 250 gms Butter 250 gms Plain Flour (Maida) 250 gms Sugar powder 4 Eggs (about 250 gms) 1 tsp Vanilla essence 2 Level tbsp Black treacle 1 tbsp Rum 1 tsp Baking soda Pinch Salt Method Wash and de-stone the fruits and […]

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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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January 23, 2015

Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients 1 ½ teaspoon SALT 3 cups sugar 3 ½ cups wondra flour 1 ½ tsp nutmeg/cinnamon 2 tsp. baking powder 1 cup oil 2/3 cup water 4 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 1-      1lb. can pumpkin 2 ½ cup walnuts Method Mix all above Grease and flour pans Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees Get […]

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January 18, 2015

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 […]

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December 12, 2014

Whiskey Fruitcake

Makes 2 medium size cakes     Whiskey Fruitcake Recipe * Ingredients  Wheat flour – 1 1/2 cups Sugar – 3/4 cup Eggs – 3 no.s 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 […]

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