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 9, 2018

Ayurvedic Detox with Khichri

Khichri is a free-form dish, allowing for many variations. Although any type of lentil can be used like Mung, Tuver, or Masoor, the most common parsi version uses Tuver dal. White Basmati rice is used since it is easy to digest but brown rice can also be used for more fiber and minerals in your […]

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August 24, 2018

Chicken Dhansak recipe from the famous Vividh Vani cookbook

Myth busted about some folks saying chicken dhansak is not traditional. Chicken Dhansak is one of the OLDEST dishes ! The Vividh Vani cookbook from circa 1800 AD has this recipe! NOTE this recipe has CHICKEN or MUTTON used. See the words circled below, they say “Marghi” which means “chicken”   Language used is Gujarati […]

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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 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 26, 2018

How to make Dhansak masala at home

Dhansak Masala Powder Ingredients: 1 Kg. Coriander seeds (Dhanya seeds) 200 grms Cumin (Jeera Seeds) 100 grms Black Pepper (Kali Mirchi) 100 grms Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds) (Omit if you are allergic to fenugreek) 100 grms Black Mustard seeds (Rai) 300 grms Red Chilies 200 grms Haldi (Turmeric powder) 50 grms Tej Patta (Tamal Patta) […]

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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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June 25, 2018

Health benefits of Barberry

Barberries are used in a favorite rice dish of the Iranis and Parsis of India. It is Berry Pulao. The barberry shrub produces edible berries that are a rich source of vitamin C. Barberry contains a chemical known as berberine that gives it its medicinal value. This chemical acts as an antibiotic to kill fungi, bacteria, […]

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June 22, 2018

Parsi Dhansak Recipe. (Also spelt as  Dhansaak, Dhanshak,  Dhunsak, Thansak)

  (Also spelt as  Dhansaak, Dhanshak,  Dhunsak, Thansak) Vegetarians can leave the meat out and make the dal, it comes out very good. Parsi Dhansak Recipe: Parsi Dhansak for the good times by Rita Ingredients For the Dhansak dal: 1 lb Chicken skinned and washed. (or Lamb, Goat Meat. Vegetarians can leave the meat out […]

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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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April 19, 2018

Chicken Tikka Masala

  INGREDIENTS 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise 6 garlic cloves, finely grated 4 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger 4 teaspoons ground turmeric 2 teaspoons garam masala 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1½ cups whole-milk yogurt 1 tablespoon kosher salt 3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil 1 small […]

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April 14, 2018

Chicken Dum Biryani

    Serves 6 Ingredients: 6 (400 gm) chicken thighs (boneless) or goat meat (mutton) 6 eggs hard-boiled and cut length wise into 2 pieces for garnish Marinade: 1 tsp white pepper Pinch of salt Juice of 1/2 lemon For Masala: 1/2 Tbsp desi ghee 4-5 cardamoms 1 bay leaf Small piece of cinnamon 2-3 […]

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March 14, 2018

FEZANA 2018 Jamshedi Navroze celebration of the Zoroastrianism Awareness Project

ParsiCuisine.com is proud to support FEZANA in the 2018 Jamshedi Navroze celebration of the Zoroastrianism Awareness Project! Navroze/NowRuz, the arrival of Spring, on the day of the vernal equinox, around March 21st, is a time for thanksgiving and celebration. The cold and dark days of winter are banished, and the warmth and rejuvenation of spring […]

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February 6, 2018

Wedding Menu

On the auspicious occasion of Weddings (Lagan) we Parsis make a special Lunch! Beginning with Sagan ni Sev (Click for recipe), and Dahi (for all things auspicious begin on a sweet note and so does the Union, Plain lentil preparation in Pure Ghee (clarified butter) called Dhaan Daar or Mori Daar (Click for recipe) and […]

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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 17, 2017

Mutton 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 raisins 1/4 […]

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September 19, 2017

Did You Know Berry Pulao Was Invented In Mumbai?

We trace the origins of the Berry Pulao, not to Iran, but closer home in the kitchen of Britannia & Co at Ballard Estate. In 1923, Rashid Kohinoor started Britannia & Co in Ballard Estate. Until 1947, it served Continental fare, with British dishes like Fish and Chips. In 1947, after India’s Independence on August […]

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September 12, 2017

Gos-no-kharo Ras Chaval with Khatti Mithi Kachumbar

Ingredients 1 kg tender Goat Mutton or Lamb – cut into medium pieces, washed & left to drain in colander 6 large onions – chopped very fine (cut like chhudna no kando) 4 tomatoes – again chopped very fine (tamota) 4 Potatoes – cut into 2 halves (papeta) 8-10 pods of garlic (lasan) 1.5″ piece […]

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August 31, 2017

LEVTA (Mudfish) WITH KHICHDI

by Jenifer Petigara Mistry Growing up in Surat and that too the old part of the city, at 10-12 years of age Makar-Sankranti was a day full of loud music blaring from the rooftops, “Kaipo Chhe” or “Kaipoch” or”aye peli peeli gayi ” or “Laali ni pi” sounds. In the narrow streets, there would be […]

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July 22, 2017

Food made for the holy days of Muktad

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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June 14, 2017

Vaghareli Khichri

It is the Ayurvedic detox food.  Khichadi, pronounced kich-ah-ree and sometimes spelled “kitchari” or “khichdi,” has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick and the healthy during special times of Diet Detox & Cleansing.  Vaghareli Khichri Recipe  Ingredients 1 Cup rice (barik Surti kolam, basmati) 1 Cup maag/mung OR red masoor […]

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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 […]

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December 29, 2016

Khorshed Masi’s  Junglee Palav / Dill (Suva Ni Bhaji) no Palav

by Shirin Engineer Ingredients: I pound Mutton (Goat meat) (if Goat meat is not available then Lamb or Beef can be substituted) 2 potatoes (unpeeled) washed and cut into roughly 1 – 2 inch pieces. 2 cups of Basmati Rice I medium red Onion I bunch of cilantro destemmed and cleaned 1 bunch of Dill […]

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October 14, 2016 Dhansaak Dal

Vegetarian Dhansak Recipe Instant Pot

Important for Vegetarians – Omitting the meat from this recipe, will make this Dal a Vegetarian Dhansak Dal. Click here to see Video for Parsi Dhansak for the good times with full Dhansak recipe. Also known as parsi masala dal. Note: You will need a pressure cooker also known as Instant Pot. Ingredients 1 cup […]

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June 20, 2016

Bring in the rain! Parsi Custom of bringing in rains by an community effort of collecting Rice, Dal and Ghee to make Khichri

I was in Gujarat last week and the record temperatures (once in 100 years) of 50 C (122 F) are scorching hot. People have been hospitalized due to the heat wave. There are no rains as yet. You may have heard of the American Red Indian Dance for Rains. Or the song in Gujarati song […]

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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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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 6, 2016

80 Biryanis around the world

Best Biriyani Around the world and its Origin Biryani was originated in Iran (Persia) and it was brought to South Asia by Iranian travelers and merchants. Local variants of this dish are popular not only in South Asia but also in Arabia and within various South Asian communities in Western countries. The spices and condiments […]

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January 29, 2016

Chili Soup

Hot soup for the cold winter days. Chili Soup Ingredients: 1 pound extra-lean ground beef 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 large tomatoes (or 2 cups canned, unsalted tomatoes) 4 cups canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup chopped celery 1 teaspoon sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder or to taste Water, as desired 2 […]

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June 23, 2015

Pakistani Mutton Dhansak – Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker Meal

Editor’s Note: This recipe is adapted from Parsi Indian dhansak in the Pakistani style. by Mohammad Naeem, Team Pakistan Ingredients 1 kg boneless mutton (1 x 1 inch cubes) 4 mutton shank 200 gm whole garam masala 2 Tbsp ginger paste 2 Tbsp garlic paste 50 gm peeled garlic 2 Tbsp red chilli powder 1 Tbsp […]

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June 20, 2015

The Parsi Trail: Top 7 Parsi Restaurants In Mumbai

Article credit: Meher Mirza of NDTV   The Parsis take their food very seriously. No wonder, since Parsi cuisine perfectly braids together Iranian, Gujarati, British, even Portuguese and Goan influences. Think dhansak with its roots in the gently-spiced meat and rice dishes of Iran, layered with Gujarati spices and dal. Or imagine saas ni macchi, transforming an insipid béchamel […]

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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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June 26, 2014 Serve with Mora Dal (Dhan Daar) Chawal (steamed rice)

Parsi Dhan Dar (from cookbook)

Parsi  Dhan Dar  ( Also known as Mora Dal Chawal)       Chawal (Steamed Rice) 2 cups basmati Rice 4 cups water 1 tbsp Salt 2 tbsp Oil or ghee 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick (broken) 5 cardamom pods (broken) Wash the Rice then add the required water, ghee, Salt and all of above. […]

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July 22, 2013

Sabudana Kichdi (from cookbook)

Cooking time : 20 mins Serves :2 Ingredients Sabudana/ sago 1 cup Potato 1 Green chilli 3 Lemon 1/2 Peanuts 3 tblsp Ghee 1 tblsp To Temper Ghee 1 tsp Jeera 1 tsp Mustard (optional) 3/4 tsp Curry leaves 1 sprig Method Wash sago well and soak it overnight with water just enough to immerse […]

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October 24, 2012 Sabudana Khichadi

Sabudana Khichadi (Sago Rice)

Sabudana Khichadi Sabudana khichadi is an Indian dish made from soaked Sabudana (Sago). It is usually prepared in western parts of India especially in Gujarat & Maharashtra. In the major towns of Maharashtra like Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, it is available as street food and is widely enjoyed by everyone throughout the year. It is […]

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