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 Jamshed 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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Thanksgiving In Iran

Pomegranate Harvest and Thanksgiving In Iran Picture is of people in Zardui village in western Iranian province of Kermanshah..Iran is the largest producer of pomegranate in the world. There are more than 700 varieties of this nutritional ancient fruit in Iran and they are classified based on the skin color, seeds and taste. Most pomegranate […]

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The Secret History of Shiraz Wine

By Anahita Shams BBC   You can watch The Secret History of Shiraz Wine on BBC World. Is there a Zoroastrian connection? Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionMusic, poetry and wine-drinking at the court of 17th Century Persian ruler Shah Abbas Until the Islamic revolution, Iran had a tradition of wine-making which stretched back centuries. It centred on […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Irani Chai ( Spice Masala Chai)

Serves 6 Ingredients Spice ingredients for one pot of tea: 1/2 of a star anise star 10-12 whole cloves 7 whole allspice or 1/4 tsp ground allspice powder *See photo below 1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon bark (or 2 short sticks) 7 whole white peppercorns 1 cardamon pod opened to the seeds Other ingredients: 1 […]

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