Paperback Kindle A treasure-house of recipes and customs that define the Parsi way of life Celebrations, rituals and food inevitably go together. And so it is with the Parsis. From Navroz, the dawn of the Parsi New Year, to Navjote, the initiation ceremony of a young child, lagan or marriage, jashans and ghambhars, there […]
INGREDIENTS1 lb. minced meat (Beef, Turkey, or Chicken mince)2 medium onions minced with meat or chopped fine.6 garlic cloves (grind with ginger root)2 cm piece of ginger root (grind with garlic cloves)1 teaspoon each of turmeric powder, chili powder and curry powder3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves2 to 4 […]
A quick and easy fish curry. Ingredients 1 lb salmon fillets (I used salmon fillets but any fish like cod, haddock or shrimps can be used.) 3 tsp marchu lasan (Green Chillies and garlic minced together) 3 tsp Besan / Chick pea flour Dry curry spice powder: 1 tsp each of turmeric, red chilli or […]
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 […]
Saffron Elaichi Gulab Jamun by Rita Jamshed Kapadia The Gulab Jamun is one of the most popular indian sweet, served at restaurants in the states.”Gulab” means “Rose” and “Jamun” means a “Drop”. Translated these are literally “Drops of Rose”. In this recipe the flavor is real kesar (saffron) *and elaichi (cardamom) * so I call these “Drops […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Presenting Chef Behzad Jamshidi making delicious Persian food. Pistachio Soup with rose, orange and fresh vegetables. Yummy!
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
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:
Teas of India Cookbook
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