January 5, 2017

Parsi Berry Pulao

by  Jennifer Mascarenhas Few of my friends went to Sodabottleopenerwala and relished the Parsi cuisine there! While talking to me, their demand arose for home cooked versions of the restaurant dishes! So, on a recent potluck lunch, I made Parsi Berry Pulao and teamed it with some parsi ‘ kachumber’ on the side. Mumbaikars who’ve […]

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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 6, 2016

Berry Pulao

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time:30 minutes Yield: Serves 6 Ingredients: 3 lbs Chicken, Lamb, Goat meat or Mutton 1 teaspoon ginger paste 1 teaspoon garlic paste 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (cayenne pepper) 1 teaspoon dhana-jeera powder (coriander-cumin) 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup milk 2 generous pinches of saffron 1/3 cup dried barberries […]

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April 3, 2016

Welcome! For, your presence brings purity. Kindness, love and sincerity a hundred fold

Here is an old Persian couplet resounded with an earthy Dari-flavor: ‘Khosh aamadi o safaa aavardi, sad mehr o mohabbat o vafaa aavardi.’ Translation: Welcome! For, your presence brings purity. Kindness, love and sincerity a hundred fold !   But, when one of India’s oldest living Iranians welcomes you to what has been deemed an […]

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February 12, 2016

Shab-e Yalda: When Light Shines and Goodness Prevails

This article first appeared in the FEZANA JOURNAL FALL 2015 Vol 29 No 3 page 76-79 Yalda Festival  Table (Shab e Cheleh) By Rita J. Kapadia Shab-e Yalda: When Light Shines and Goodness Prevails Everywhere in the world, people observe various seasonal days of celebration during the month of December. Most are religious holy days […]

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January 16, 2016

The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Beloved Persian Food Favorites Kindle Edition by Shadi HasanzadeNemati (Author)

The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Beloved Persian Food Favorites Kindle Edition by Shadi HasanzadeNemati (Author)

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March 15, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama hosted a Nowruz celebration to mark the Persian New Year at White House

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) — First lady Michelle Obama hosted a Nowruz celebration to mark the Persian New Year — traditionally celebrated in Iran and Afghanistan — amid a firestorm over a Republican-signed letter to the Iranian government. The Silk Road Dance Company performed Wednesday in the East Room of the White House in celebration […]

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February 5, 2015

The Hidden Recipes of Persia: Eat Healthy Cookbook

Introduction to Persian Cooking Persian cuisine is offered by only a handful of restaurants in most cities in the Western world. Why have Persian recipes not been adopted in the same way that French, Italian, Chinese and Indian cooking has? Has it been because of political or economic reasons? Or, perhaps due to a reluctance […]

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December 23, 2014

Faith and Unity: Persian Roots

Zoroastrians from the world over will gather in Los Angeles from December 29-31, 2014 to deliberate over the timely theme of Faith and Unity. Food plays an integral part in UNIFYing people. Parsi dishes, we have today in India, have tie backs to our persian roots. See some below. Parsi dishes are bold, balanced, and lavished […]

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May 31, 2013

Persian Shallot Yogurt

Ingredients 3 large shallots, finely chopped 1 1/2 cups plain 2% fat Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling Kosher salt Preparation Mix shallots, yogurt, and 1 tablespoon oil in a medium bowl; season with salt. Cover and chill at least 6 hours to let flavors meld. Drizzle shallot yogurt with more oil. DO AHEAD: Shallot yogurt […]

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May 31, 2013

Persian Garlic & Spinach Yogurt

Ingredients 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 11-ounce packages baby spinach 1 garlic clove, finely grated 1 1/2 cups plain 2% fat Greek yogurt 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro Kosher salt Preparation Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add half of spinach and cook, tossing often, until just wilted; transfer to a colander and let cool. […]

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May 31, 2013

Grilled Persian Rack of Lamb

Ingredients 2 racks of lamb (3–3 1/2 lb. total), rib bones frenched Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 cup plain 2% fat Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, finely crumbled Preparation Season lamb with salt and pepper and place each rack of lamb in a large resealable plastic bag. Whisk garlic, […]

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May 22, 2013

Persian Beet Yogurt

Scoop up this vibrant condiment with wedges of warm pita. Ingredients 3 medium red or golden beets (about 1 pound), trimmed Kosher salt 1 1/2 cups plain 2% fat Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint plus torn leaves for serving 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon 2 teaspoons (or more) red wine vinegar Preparation Preheat oven to 450°. Place beets in a […]

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January 26, 2013

Goshtaba

Parsee Paanu Goshtaba is considered to be “The Dish of the Kings”. This dish is famous for its taste and flavor. Condimented Minced Meat :- 1 kg. Curd :- 1.5 kg. Green Mint :- 50 gms. Emulsions of Shallots of Onions :- 4 tbsp. Mustard Oil :- 2 tbsp. Prepare meat balls from the minced […]

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September 10, 2012

ALOO POSTO

ALOO POSTO INGREDIENTS : Ingredients: 3-4 potatoes – chopped 3 tbsp poppy seeds 3 green chillies 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp turmeric powder 3 dried red chillies salt to taste fresh coriander for garnishing oil METHOD: Roast the poppy seeds for about a minute. Grind the roasted poppy seeds and green chillies into a […]

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