September 6, 2018

The Paneer I Love Most, and the Small, Intrepid Community Who Makes It

by Meher Mirza My great aunt was not the timid sort. Every Sunday, for years, she would invite her extended family for lunch and then proceed to wage war with the ingredients in her pantry, jousting with vegetables and meat alike. Deep into the afternoon, she would emerge from the scrum, red-faced and frizzy-haired, but triumphant. […]

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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 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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July 22, 2018

Shami Kababs

Shami Kababs: Ingredients 2 pounds lamb mince 2 pounds chicken mince 1/4 cup khus khus, 8 cloves 1 large stick of cinnamon crushed 5-6 green elaichi pods seeded 2 tablespoons of whole black pepper 4-5 whole red chilies 7-8 cloves of garlic 1 two inch piece of ginger 1/4 cup of chick peas (daria) 3 […]

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July 2, 2018

Gor Papri

by Farida J. Major My darling Parsis, This is my adored mother’s gor papri recipe.  After ages and ages I decided to make it again.  If you are retired and have an abundance of patience, go ahead and make it cos delicious as it is, it took a cool three hours to make. What’s more […]

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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 17, 2018

6 Things That Will Happen To Your Body If You Start Eating Eggs

Eating eggs is a fantastic way to give you a health boost. According to WebMD, each egg only contains 75 calories and is packed with 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 1.6 grams of saturated fat. Not to mention it contains iron and other essential vitamins and minerals. If you’re not eating […]

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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 11, 2018

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 – […]

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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July 10, 2017

Pav Bhaji (Amdavadi)

CONGRATS! AHMEDABAD BECOMES INDIA’S FIRST WORLD HERITAGE CITY We always knew we were world-best. And now, we have UNESCO’s stamp of approval, too. On Saturday, the World Heritage Committee bestowed the World Heritage City status on the 606-year-old city of Ahmedabad. It is the highest global recognition that a site of cultural significance can receive. […]

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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 23, 2017

Cucumber Pickle made fresh from Summer Cucumbers

Made fresh from Summer Cucumbers, which are a plenty here in USA 🙂 With 5 large ones and the heat of the summer, I knew these cukes would go bad soon. After 5 minutes of wondering what to do with the whole batch, I thought of making a pickle/pani nu achar with the cucumbers. Guess […]

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June 23, 2017

Seekh Kebab

Ingredients 1 lb Turkey or Chicken minced 2 Eggs 1 tbsp. Cumin (Jeera) powder 1 tsp Red chili powder 1 tsp White pepper powder Salt to taste Vegetable oil 4 tsp 4 tbsp. Cashew nuts(pounded) 5 tbsp Gram flour (besan) 2 tbsp. Ginger, Garlic each (finely chopped) 4 tsp Onions(chopped) 5 tbsp. Green coriander(chopped) 1 […]

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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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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 14, 2017

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 […]

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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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November 8, 2016

Parsi Vasanu for the winter season

VASANU is very healthy to eat in the winter. Best time is to take a one inch square at breakfast time. This nutritious, vasanu recipe is from my grandmother. Rita Jamshed Kapadia INGREDIENTS General: 1 1/2kg Ghee 1/2kg Char jaatnu magaz 50g Goonder 2 1/4kg Sugar 500g Ghau nu Dudh (Wheat milk powder) 500g Kammar Kakri 400g […]

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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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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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May 4, 2016 Fry in Hot Oil

How to make Crispy Onion Rings

Ingredients 3 Onions cut into rings 1 cup besan (channa/chickpea) flour 1 cup breadcrumbs (any old bread pulverized or store bought) 1 tsp salt for sprinkling later Oil for frying Method Press onion rings into breadcrumbs. These make the rings crisp! Wet besan (chickpea) flour by adding a little water, add onion rings Heat oil […]

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April 25, 2016

Vindaloo Flank Steak

by Meherwan Irani In India, this fiery curry is often served with chicken, lamb or vegetables. Atlanta chef Meherwan Irani turns it into a thick paste to marinate steak. The meat is terrific on its own or served with naan. INGREDIENTS 8 dried guajillo chiles, stemmed and wiped clean 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon […]

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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

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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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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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 1, 2015

Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Grilled Tandoori Chicken Ingredients: 8 to 10 Kashmiri Red dry chillies 10 to 15 leaves of Phuduna(mint) Fresh Coriander leaves (dhanya) 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste 1 tbsp Soy sauce 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar 1 Lime 1 tea spoon salt 5 to 6 Cashews 1/2 tsp Garam masala 2 tbsp Yogurt 2 full green chillies […]

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March 12, 2015 Creamy Coconut Chutney

Creamy Coconut Chutney

This chutney may be used on Patra ni Maachi, Salmon Baked Fish, Sandwiches, Potato Pattice and as a condiment. Ingredients: 4 tbsp desiccated coconut 1 cup cream of coconut 2 small bunches Coriander 4 green Chilies 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp Salt I lime, juice of 2 tsp cumin seeds 4 cloves Garlic roasted 1/4 […]

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January 14, 2015

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 […]

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January 6, 2015

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 […]

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July 24, 2012

PURI

PURI Fried Flour Bread INGREDIENTS: Makes approx 25 Use 8 oz measure cup 1 cup flour 1 cup wheat flour pinch salt 2 tbsp oil oil for deep frying METHOD: Mix the above ingredients and add 1 tbsp of water at a time to make a soft dough. Allow dough to rest for approx 1/2 […]

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