80 Biryanis around the world

Best Biriyani Around the world and its OriginBiryani 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 used…

Bahman Mahino Parsi Ritual

Corona virus has affected this food ritual in 2021. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TsfXY3CWEo Bring in the rain! Parsi Custom of bringing in rains by an community effort of collecting Rice, Dal and Ghee to make Khichri. Click here for a Aryuvedic Khichri Recipe Click here for Vaghareli Khichri Recipe In Navsari (a small town in the Gujarat…

Cookbook: Dhansak

Ever wonder what Dhanshak is? (Also spelt as Dhansaak, Dhanshak, Dhunsak, Thansak) Vegetarians can leave the meat out and make the lentil dal, it comes out very good. Learn step by step how to make the Parsi Dhanshak and Brown Rice. Rita Jamshed Kapadia Cookbooks are available on Amazon. Rita has published the MEGA "Manna of the…

Rice Flour Rotli

Recipe tried and tested, translated from the Vividh Vani cookbook by Rita Kapadia Chokha ni Rotli * or Rice Flour Rotli * is an age old bread enjoyed in India by the parsi community. Yes, all rice (in its natural form) is gluten–free. This includes brown rice, white rice and wild rice. In this case, the “glutinous” term refers to the sticky…

Sona Masoori White Rice

Recently, I went for shopping to my favorite store – Costco. I saw a 20 lb huge bag of Sona Masoori White Rice. and I have never used this, I usually use Basmati Rice which Costco sells as well. I bought it because I like experimenting! Here is the cooked rice with the inset of…

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…

Seven Ways to Celebrate Navroz 2020

Navroze / Nowruz / Nooruz is on March 21, 2020. Commemorated in a grand and elaborate fashion, preparations for  Navroze begin well in advance. Houses are cleaned to remove all the cobwebs and painted new. They are then adorned with different auspicious symbols, namely, stars, butterflies, birds and fish. New attires are ordered and made…

Kedgeree

I just made this awesome dish for my cookbook club and it was a hit! Learnt the indian plain khichri is a european fav! Kedgeree (or occasionally kitcherie, kitchari, kidgeree, kedgaree, kitchiri, or khichuri) is a dish consisting of cooked, flaked fish (traditionally smoked haddock), boiled rice, parsley, hard-boiled eggs, curry powder, butter or cream, and occasionally sultanas. According to “Larousse Gastronomique”, what we call kedgeree originated from a concoction of spiced lentils, rice, fried onions and ginger…

Kichri With Massour Dal

by Davis Tanis YIELD 6 to 8 servings TIME 45 minutes, plus 1 hour’s soaking Kichri, a traditional Indian dish, is a delightful savory combination of dal and basmati rice cooked together. Lots of other cultures serve something similar: rice and pigeon peas throughout the Caribbean, or rice and brown lentils in many Middle Eastern…

Irani Rice Tahdig

HOW TO PERFECT THE IMPERFECT ART OF IRANIAN RICE TAHDIG by Naz When I first moved out of my childhood home, only a week went by before I found myself craving my mother’s cooking. Specifically, I missed Persian rice with tahdig—the prized golden, crispy crust at the bottom of the rice pot. Rice is the crown jewel…

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 onion,…