Falooda

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Hot Summer Days call for Cold Falooda!

Recipe Contest Winner: Baked Cauliflower

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Congratulations to our member Navaaz Mehta. I personally had the pleasure to sample this baked cauliflower in NY. Navaaz worked hard to get the ingredients for these 2 large trays of cauliflower trays in cold and rainy winter days! Fresh heads of Cauliflower are scarce in NY markets at this time of the year (Christmas […]

Omelete

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Cooking Class of Rita Kapadia

Nankhatai

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We used to get Nankhatai like these in Surat, India from the famous Dotivala Bakery. 2 khatai wrapped back to back in wax paper together. Now making them in USA, makes my day during the Covid-19 lockdown. Recipe by Vera Dinshaw Springett and Sandra Master Ingredients– 4 cups All-purpose Flour– 1.25 cups or 10oz of […]

Gulshan Ewing: When life gave Amma lemons, she grew lemon trees

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Article by Meenakshi Shedde | Mid-Day The Shedde family has a special relationship with Mrs Ewing, that started at the raddiwalla. We lived in a modest chawl in Santa Cruz during my childhood, and moved to a three-bedroom apartment when I was in primary school. Gulshan Ewing, former editor of Eve’s Weekly and Star & Style, […]

Indian Bhurji with Cottage Cheese (Egg free)

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Prepared this almost like our Parsi Egg Akuri INGREDIENTS 300 Grams Paneer/Cottage Cheese 3 medium onions finely chopped 1 green chilli finely chopped 1 Finely chopped spring onion 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 tsp jeera powder 1/2 tsp dhana powder 1/2 tsp black pepper powder Chilli powder to taste 2 medium […]

Pistachio Soup

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Presenting Chef Behzad Jamshidi making delicious Persian food. Pistachio Soup with rose, orange and fresh vegetables. Yummy! ParsiCuisine.com Featuring my published cookbooks. “Manna of the 21st Century Parsi Cuisine” and other affordable paperbacks and ebooks. If you need assistance, please contact me Rita@ParsiCuisine.com to purchase. Available on Amazon. Thanks – Rita Jamshed Kapadia

Salli Boti

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Red hot mutton cooked to perfection amid sizzling hot spices, crowned with beautiful golden potato shreds. (Salli) by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Ingredients 4-5 Tbsp of oil 1 bowl of chopped onions 2 Tbsp ginger garlic paste 300 gm of boneless mutton or chicken 1 tsp red chilli powder 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder 1 1/2 […]

Batasa a favorite biscuit snack. Good with Tea or Coffee anytime!

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Batasa a favorite biscuit snack.

Bawaji nu Bread Pudding

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A very creative and new Bread Pudding by Shenaz Khushroo Panthaky. This recipe has taken bread pudding up a notch!. A feel good moment during these troubled times…..   How to make: Ten slices of stale referigerated sandwich bread of two days (with corners cut out) to be grinded well to generate its powder. Prepare […]

The place of Tea in Indian Culture

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The place of Tea in Indian Culture

Indians love tea, they are crazy about it – and they even have a special word for it – chai.
India is one of the largest tea growers in the world. Tea is grown in the north and the south – in exotic places like Munnar in Kerala, Darjeeling, Assam, and Nilgiri Mountains. The tea gardens are a sight to see. Beautiful terraces are carved into the earth and from far they look like manicured gardens. Tea from Darjeeling and Assam is world famous for its aroma and taste.
Tea was introduced in India by the British during early 1900’s, those were early days of the British Raj. Large swaths of land were converted for mass tea-production. Ironically, the British introduced tea in India to break the Chinese monopoly. Tea was originally consumed by the westernized Indians, but it became widely popular over time. Today, looking at the popularity of tea one cannot tell of its origins from China.
But the story of story of tea in India goes beyond the tea gardens in exotic mountains and valleys, covered with mist and lush greenery. Tea is woven intricately into the Indian social fabric.
Chai is the common equalizer in India – from the rich to the poor. No matter what their position in life, an Indian relishes a cup of tea. The rich ones have their tea served in fancy tea-pots, delicate porcelain cups on well laid out tables with cookies and pastries. The not-so-affluent have it in more humble settings. But the joy and satisfaction is the same.
No matter where you go in India, even the remote village, you are likely to find a tea-stall, with a Chai-walla brewing the concoction, squeezing every last flavor. There is always a crowd of eager and tired folks waiting patiently for their chai. Tea re-vitalizes your body. It is a great anti-oxidant.
India has one of the largest railway networks in the world. Every train station has tea-stalls. Hawkers carry tea-buckets doling out hot cups to weary travelers as the trains pull into the train stations. One of my enduring memories growing up in India is traveling on the train in the sleeper-coach and waking up to the lilting calls of the tea-hawkers.
There are many stories of how tea brings people together. When you visit friends – tea and snacks are probably the most common offering. A cup of tea bonds friendships and heals differences. A guest rejecting an offer of a cup of tea may even hurt their feelings. The ultimate bonding is sharing a cup of tea – between two people – albeit in different saucers. When you visit a commercial establishment, as a sign of respect for the customer, tea is offered. Read more in my cookbook for Tea.
Recently, I was invited to speak and present “The Place of Tea in Indian Culture and the Kerala Tea Gardens” at the Boston Athenaeum. Here is a short synopsis. I am delighted that my Cookbooks were displayed and showcased in the museum! Thanks Hannah Weisman! Hannah is the Director of Education at Boston Athenaeum.
The museum is a historical place and encourages historical books. The Boston Athenaeum is steeped in history. Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States.
Tea / Chai Recipes:
Ginger Tea
Masala Chai
Parsi Chai
Cardamom Tea
Teas of India Cookbook

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Dotivala Bakery completes 159 years – one of the longest surviving businesses in India.

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Considering India just celebrated its independence of 70 years from the British Raj, this makes the bakery one of the longest surviving and thriving business in modern day India. During their reign in India, the Dutch established in Surat a warehouse on Dutch Road, in which five Parsi gentlemen were employed as bakers. When the […]

Kadha

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Kadha Drink for a sore throat

Eggs over Sali or Potatoes

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Eggs over Sali or Potatoes

Chicken Soup for fighting a Cold or Flu

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This  Chicken Soup improves immunity and helps during a flu or cold.  Ingredients 1 lb or 4 chicken drumsticks 2 Tomatoes chopped 1 large red onion sliced 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick 2 tsp Ginger Garlic paste (adoo lasan) 1 tsp salt or to taste (optional can omit for a low sodium diet) 1 […]