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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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