September 15, 2018

Diwali Mithai, Stamps and Books

The word “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali”, originating from the Sanskrit word Dīpāvalī (दीपावली) which can be traow of Lights”. Hence the Diwali Festival is also called the “Festival of Lights”. Diwali is the name for the festival in North-India. In South-India the festival is called “Deepavali”. Cook up some delicious Diwali Delights using the recipes […]

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August 28, 2018


Since 1999, it has been my hobby to give out free recipes, foodie news, health tips and articles on my blog at It has been a labor of love. Using this as a base and web-technology software skills, I have published several Parsi Cuisine cookbooks. 1. My cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” provides classical and […]

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August 21, 2018

Khordad Saal Mubarak

Khordad Sal The birthday of Zoroaster Khordad Sal is celebrated as the birthday of Zoroaster. This is known as the ‘Greater Noruz’ and happens six days after Navroze. The chosen date is symbolic since the actual date of the Prophet’s birth cannot be identified accurately. This festival is considered one of the most important in the Zoroastrian […]

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August 15, 2018

Spems Ice Cream Drink

When the Parsis first landed in India sometime in the 7th century to escape persecution in Iran, they promised King Jadhav Rana that they would sweeten the Indian community as sugar sweetens milk. That was nearly 1,200 years ago in Sanjan. If that was in Gujarat, in Secunderabad’s Sardar Patel Road, the Iranis have lent […]

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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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August 2, 2018

Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia

Dear All, It gives me great pleasure to make available the PRINTED  “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia.  First published in circa 1867, this mammoth cookbooks of two volumes total 1570 pages and has 2180 recipes, of traditional Parsi Indian cuisine, plus Continental Western and British Cuisines. This cookbook is an antique and many Zoroastrian […]

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July 21, 2018

Khao, Piyo, Maja Karo: Explore the Parsi mantra with Kunal Vijayakar

#MaskaMaarke: There’s a lot more to Irani Parsi food than bun-maska and berry pulao. This is a rich cuisine that retains its delicious Levantine roots. Which community in India celebrates three birthdays for each person and four New Years per annum? It’s the Zoroastrian Irani Parsi community. Every Irani Parsi (and I am going to […]

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June 20, 2018

Time & Talents Club Recipe Book

First published in 1935, the Time & Talents Club Recipe Book’ contains 2,000 recipes, is 500 pages long, and dispenses wisdom from Shakespeare and Voltaire. The Time & Talents Club Recipe Book is a tome you need two hands to carry. Though it began as a single-sheet cookbook, it has been republished six times over 40 […]

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June 19, 2018

Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century

The cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine of India.  With classical and regional India’s Parsi / Parsee recipes as well as an introduction to Parsi heritage, history, and culture. The book’s […]

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June 11, 2018

Chasni Recipes

Chasni served at 11th World Zoroastrian Congress – Perth, Australia After the Jashan, the Master of Ceremonies Zarine Commissariat, Afreed Mistry and Farzana Khambatta took over and the Ervads were felicitated by our Congress Chairman Mr Firoz Pestonji, for their contribution to the community. Aspandiyar jee also gave a short speech informing the people of the importance of the Jashan […]

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June 10, 2018

Parsi Cuisine Cookbook – 35 dishes explained with instructions.

Featuring Meat Dishes like Doodhi ma gosht, which is a very tasty dish made with Bottle gourd (Lauki, Doodhi).  Chicken Cutlets, Salli Boti, Parsi Pulao and many parsi traditional favorites. Parsi Mutton Pulao with Dhansak Masala Dal. Nice dish for the holiday. 35 dishes explained with instructions. Only $15. Cookbook comes in large size  8 […]

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April 11, 2018

Parsi Street Food

RAJYASREE SEN April 23, 2015 My comfort food in college was milky cutting chai – spiced tea ‘cut’ into a small glass portion –accompanied with maska pav (a bread bun with lots of butter) sold on a Mumbai street corner. Or, on a good day if the vendor had stocked up on eggs, I’d upgrade to an anda pav – […]

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April 3, 2018


  Written in USA with food cooked in USA. This cookbook is for today’s generation of home cooks and gourmet chefs. The cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine of India. With […]

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March 28, 2018

Google Doodle toasts England’s first popular cook, Hannah Glasse

This is the kind of Google Glasse we can get behind! BY CLAIRE REILLY MARCH 27, 2018  Google’s doodle celebrates the birth of Hannah Glasse, the mother of modern British cookery.  Matthew Cruickshank/Google Modern English cooking would be nothing without sausages and jelly and trifle (just like American cooking would be nothing with hotdogs and […]

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March 22, 2018

Spring is arriving with a special promotion

Written in USA with food cooked in USA. This cookbook is for today’s generation of home cooks and gourmet chefs. The cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine of India. With classical […]

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March 20, 2018 Best wishes for a very Happy Navroze for you and your family,

First day of Spring as seen from Satellite

Vernal Equinox 2018: Satellite Sees First Day of Spring – Click HERE to see the video By Sarah Lewin, Associate Editor | March 20, 2018 11:00am ET “Happy Spring #Equinox and happy #firstdayofspring!” NOAA officials wrote. “Today the length of night and day are nearly equal. The days will now become longer at the higher latitudes because […]

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March 18, 2018

World Zoroastrian Young Leaders Forum Kicks Off At ASHA Centre in the UK

The ASHA Centre in Gloucester United Kingdom welcomed 19 young Zoroastrians from all over the world for a 10 day leadership forum starting from Friday March 16th to 25th 2018. Mentored and conceptualized by our dear friend Zerbanoo Gifford, and led by Mark Gifford and Adrian Lochner, the 10 day event bring Zoroastrian young leaders […]

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March 18, 2018

Penguin India: Upcoming Book ‘Bhagwan ke Pakwaan’ or ‘Food of the Gods’

Penguin India has commissioned a book called ‘Bhagwan ke Pakwaan’ or Food of the Gods, showing the close association between food and religion. For the Zoroastrian section of this book, they contacted Marzban Hathiram to demonstrate some of the religious food items we make for our Stum prayers. So over the next three days he […]

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March 15, 2018

Parsiana ” Politics Per Eedu”


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March 14, 2018

FEZANA 2018 Jamshedi Navroze celebration of the Zoroastrianism Awareness Project 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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March 2, 2018

Mushkil Asaan & Behram Yazad | Zoroastrian Friday Prayer | The Woodcutter & His Fortune

This is a Zoroastrian tradition, dedicated to ~ Mushkil Asaan & Behram Yazad ~ Two Angels, who are out there.. with the power to remove obstacles and ease over all our difficulties. May all our problems be solved. May all our good thoughts, sprout into good words, and blossom in good deeds. May all beings […]

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February 18, 2018

Book: Like sugar in milk

by Majlend Bramo This is the story of the Parsis, a small community following one of the oldest religion on Earth – Zoroastrianism. A community that is also trying to survive against its diminishing numbers. It is said that Zarthushtra, the prophet of Zoroastrianism, lived around 800 BCE and taught the core concept of Good […]

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February 9, 2018

Feast on fine food from the American South

AT THE QUARTER While the show goes on at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai, you can now also experience a bite of true creole cuisine at The Quarter set up right there You have one more reason to visit The Royal Opera House, Mumbai – as if you honestly needed another – but this will […]

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February 2, 2018

 About the author of

How Rita Kapadia traveled from Computer Science to Kitchen Science? She was recently invited to Carlisle’s Gleason Library and the Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA to demonstrate and talk about Parsi Food. Rita Jamshed Kapadia has the recipe blog established 1999, with 250,000 followers and over 302,000 hits from all over the world. Rita has authored “Parsi […]

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January 22, 2018

Zareen Karani Aaroz: Sharing a Video and a Vision by a Boston Entrepreneur

VIDEO: Library Class Dear Friends, We are pleased and proud to present to you a video about our enterprising Rita Kapadia speaking about Parsees and Parsi Cuisine at the Carlisle Gleason Public Library in the Boston area. Through her efforts and venture of Parsi Cuisine, Rita is helping preserve and showcase our Parsi heritage, not […]

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January 14, 2018

A Parsi Story: Sugar in the Milk

I would like to take you on a journey into the culture, and nuances of the Parsi Cuisine of India. I would like to present to you the famous Story of Parsi immigration (into India) and their welcome with “Sugar in the Milk”. One of the oldest stories of Sugar and Milk in Parsis (Parsi / […]

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January 11, 2018

Chef Jehangir Mehta at 2018 International Restaurant & Food Service Show of New York, March 4 – 6, 2018

NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Center Stage at the 2018 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, being held at the Javits Center from March 4 – 6, will feature some of the biggest names of television food personalities.  Chef, Restaurateur, Author, Philanthropist and TV Personality Geoffrey Zakarian; Zagat’s 30 Hottest Chefs Under […]

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December 21, 2017

Shab-e Yalda: When Light Shines and Goodness Prevails

Today is the Shortest Day of the Year and the Darkest. Yalda on December 21 is celebrated in many parts of the world. Eating watermelon today is believed to keep you healthy in the new year. Watermelon seeds are one of the items in the parsi char jat nu magaj. I was requested to create […]

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December 19, 2017

Katy Dalal’s Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter

by Rhea Mitra Dalal Photo credit – Aaron Santos Katy Dalal, my mom in law, started a catering business from home many years ago. As she tried out new dishes and cuisines her popularity grew as did her skills and knowledge in the kitchen. One of her biggest successes has been the Christmas Pudding with […]

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December 3, 2017

Mangal Masala Online – Spices of India

Mangal Masala is a brand of M. Motilal Masalawala, 405 Maulana Shaukatali Road, Grant Road, Mumbai 400007. M. Motilal Masalawala (Grant Road) is celebrating 100 years of quality and innovative products. Please visit M. Motilal Masalawala store at Grant Road, Mumbai, for other exciting and novelty food products.Also you can buy Indian spices online on our website. We […]

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November 30, 2017

Get A FREE Persian OR Parsi Cookbook on Signup or Renewal of FEZANA Journal Subscription.

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November 28, 2017

Sign up for free Parsi Cuisine Newsletter Subscription

Are you on my newsletter list? When you sign up – We are giving away a eBook to my subscribers.  

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November 28, 2017

Parsi Food Menu Ad Circa 1953

A 1953 ad in the Jam-e-Jamshed Gujarati newspaper lists the daily change of menu specialties at PAC Confectioners for the festive week before Spring Equinox (Jamshedi Navroze) celebrated by Zoroastrians on March 21 First up is Gowalia Tank Dairy, opened 70 years ago by Ahmad Sahid Vora. His son Ayaz says they supplied milk, dahi, […]

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November 26, 2017

Pune’s Kayani Bakery to reopen

BACK IN BUSINESS: Rustom Kayani, one of the owners of Pune’s iconic Kayani Bakery, conducts prayers before the wood-fired furnace that bakes the outlet’s famous Shrewsbury biscuits. The establishment will reopen on Saturday after being shut for 45 days following verbal orders for closure from the Pune Cantonment Board over the issue of trade licence. […]

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November 21, 2017

THE DISAPPEARING CUISINE OF AN ANCIENT RELIGION: Mumbai’s beloved Parsi restaurants are struggling to survive.

  The Britannia Parsi restaurant in Mumbai Inside Brittania & Co. DOMINIC SANSONI IT ALL BEGAN WITH A milkshake. After the Arab conquest of Persia in the mid seventh century, adherents to Zoroastrianism, which may be the world’s oldest monotheistic religion, fled their ancestral home. Piling into boats and carrying their sacred fire with them, they landed […]

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November 8, 2017

VIDEO: The Carlisle Gleason Public Library Presentation

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November 2, 2017

India’s Parsi Cuisine

  It is no exaggeration to say that Parsis, the Zoroastrians of India, take their food seriously – very seriously. Love of good food and drink plays a central, oftentimes quirky, role in nearly every aspect of our culture. When our babies sit upright for the first time, we celebrate by making them sit on […]

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October 31, 2017

Jehangir Mehta is named by the famed Michelin as NYC’s most sustainable chef

Meet the Most Sustainable Chef in NYC: Jehangir Mehta Jehangir Mehta is named by the famed Michelin as NYC’s most sustainable chef | Oct 30th 2017 “I almost say you can compare umami to the first time seeing someone you really love,” says Jehangir Mehta, chef/owner of Graffiti Earth in New York City’s TriBeCa […]

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October 26, 2017

Tea at Taj Boston

Taj Boston, the landmark hotel at Arlington and Newbury streets overlooking the Public Garden, has long been a favorite spot to enjoy the gracious tradition of afternoon tea. The inviting experience includes a variety of menu options and tea selections for adults and children in two sittings on Saturdays and Sundays. The French & Adam […]

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October 23, 2017

Kayani Bakery Shuts Shop!

To the point: If you haven’t heard yet, Kayani Bakery along with Kwality and Bagban Restaurant have been asked to shut operations until further notice by Pune Cantonment Board. According to a report on TOI, the aforementioned restaurants have been running operations for the past 11 years (since 2006) without the requisite trade license. These eateries […]

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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 5, 2017

India’s Chef and Caterer: Perzen Darukhanawalla Patel, who will be on “Grilled” this October 9th on FOX Life. 

When I was 7, I used to pretend to be a celebrity chef and talk out loud to the ‘camera’ while I made my cereal. When I was 16, my favourite show to watch on TV was Apprentice. And, once I started writing about food and catering, Masterchef soon became one of the few shows […]

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September 4, 2017

The Carlisle Gleason Public Library Presentation and Feature Story

The event was wonderful! It was a pleasure to share my history and heritage with the Carlisle town folk, who attended this even with the cold weather in January. There was a ice and snow storm going on outdoors, but warm, hot and spicy food was had by all indoors. The library staff was so […]

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August 29, 2017

Mince Meet: The City’s Best Kheema Paos

The kheema pao is a somewhat underrated snack, a simple preparation of minced mutton and in rare cases beef, which is generally fried or cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and a blend of whole spices that lend it a fiery kick. Given the versatility of kheema, it’s not surprising that many restaurants serve it […]

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August 15, 2017

Best wishes for a very Happy Navroze

To all our Parsi Fans – Navroze Mubarak. Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds.  Good Food, Good Health, Good LIfe.  

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August 14, 2017

Stum Food in the Muktads and Gatha days explained from Udvada

By Marzban Hathiram Today’s afternoon Stum – Goan potato curry with basmati rice and kachumber – a lightly tossed onion, cucumber and carrot salad with coriander leaves; some pomegranate seeds, cow’s milk, a rose and freshly drawn well water… Bon apetit! There is deep spiritual significance behind each of these offerings as they represent the […]

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August 9, 2017

Food Stories: ‘Tis the season of the Mango

  Kathi (Tangy) Chutney Meethi (Sweet) Chutney Mango Achar (Pickle) It’s that time of the year again when we find ourselves replacing meals with the indulgent sweetness of mangoes. A delicious variety of chutneys and achaars (pickle) too, become a merry accompaniment at breakfast, lunch and dinner. As quoted by the famous and incomparable Mirza […]

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July 16, 2017

Lily Has Left the Kitchen: The last Parsi cook in Ahmedabad looks back at better days

In the only place in Ahmedabad where you can get Parsi cuisine outside the home, the last Parsi cook looks back at better days. The kitchen of the Zoroastrian Ladies Cooperative Society (ZLCS), in a busy lane in Khanpur in the walled city of Ahmedabad, is brimming with activity. In a corner of the impeccably […]

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July 14, 2017

Mumbai’s top Parsi food caterer Tanaz Godiwalla serves up Summer Vine

Mumbai’s top Parsi food caterer Tanaz Godiwalla serves up Summer Vines. Summer Vines once a vision has now come into fruition ! The legendary culinary  expert, Tanaz Godiwalla and Periodontist, Dr. Tanaz Boyce are delighted to have seen their dream turn into a reality. ​ Summer Vines brings together their passion for people, food and […]

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June 27, 2017

Sugar is the ‘alcohol of the child’, yet we let it dominate the breakfast table

by Robert Lustig With kids consuming half their sugar quota first thing, it’s no wonder they’re getting diabetes and liver disease. We have to fight corporate interests. Breakfast is considered by most nutrition experts, including Public Health England, to be the most important meal of the day. It gets your brain and your metabolism going, and […]

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June 26, 2017

Khurshid Mehta: Turkey Kebabs (little meatballs)

Recently  I met Khurshid Mehta in New York and she is as strong as ever. Khurshid is training to be a Mobedyar. Go Khurshid ! Anna Francese Gass runs a website “Heirloom Kitchen” where she chronicles her cooking escapades with grandmothers. One such grandmother she cooked with is Khurshid Mehta of New York. Anna writes… […]

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June 22, 2017

British, Portuguese and French influences

Parsi recipes travelled from Persia to the beaches of Gujarat, up north India, then to the west of India, east India and south India, acquiring technique and adding new flavours to the food. Pallonji raspberry soda is a popular drink served during Parsi weddings.(Shutterstock) Despite their dwindling population, the Parsis strive to preserve the legacy […]

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June 6, 2017

YouTube Channel for Parsi Cuisine


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May 29, 2017

Treasured Grandmother’s Recipes

Authored by Mrs. Rita Jamshed Kapadia Purchase here.

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May 16, 2017

Marzipan for Almond Fish or Parsi Badam ni Boi

Ingredients 1 lb Almond Flour made from blanched almonds crushed well 1 8 oz box confectioners sugar or regular sugar to taste 1/4 cup light corn syrup 1 to 2 drops of Flavoring (rosewater, vanilla, ice cream essence, or cardamom) 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons milk. Vegetable shortening, for greasing hands and mold 1 […]

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May 13, 2017

Anthony Bourdain Doesn’t Like Any Indian Restaurant in Manhattan

Globe-trotting TV chef Anthony Bourdain talked to Vogue India after the launch of his new website Explore Parts Unknown, and he had some shade to throw at his hometown food scene. Though Bourdain loves Indian food, he claims that New York doesn’t have a single Indian restaurant that he likes: Back home, we are really […]

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May 13, 2017

Anthony Bourdain’s Field Notes

PUNJAB, April, 2014—In India—Punjab in particular—the thing you notice first, the thing that stays with you, is the colors. They pop, they leap right out at you. It’s like somebody, just before you got off the plane, changed the lenses in your head, which turned up your color receptors from 7 to like 14. You […]

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April 23, 2017

Meet Chef Peri and Chef Rohit from Spice Ladle

Spice Ladle creates fresh wholesome gourmet food with an ethnic touch, using natural high quality ingredients. A combined 24 years of hospitality experience, especially in food and beverages, helps Chefs Perinaz Avari & Rohit Kapoor to consistently showcase their creativity in the kitchen. Frequent travels have lead to interesting global food experiences, often reflected in […]

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February 1, 2017

Understanding Parsi Food & Customs in the light of Zoroastrian religion

by Ervad Dr. Ramiyar Karanjia Many a Parsi customs, because they are not properly understood or traced to Avestan times or scriptures, are believed to be of Hindu origin. This is not entirely correct as we will shortly see. Only perhaps 20% of the customs are of later origin. Some have undergone minor changes on […]

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January 24, 2017

Mava ni Boi – the easy way

Mava ni boi, I made for a library presentation of my cookbook. Mava ni boi is a fish-shaped dessert made from ricotta cheese, sugar, cardamom and vanilla. Fish is a symbol of good luck, prosperity and fertility. Using a mold* make these fish shaped desserts. The ingredients are not really fish but just sugar, ricotta […]

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January 13, 2017

FEZANA 30th Anniversary

Journal Archive Current Issue FEZANA JOURNAL and the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations in North America  Print Subscriptions, Online Subscriptions are available to the FEZANA JOURNAL. (Click here to subscribe)  If you are not already a subscriber to the FEZANA JOURNAL, you don’t know what you you are missing. As FEZANA enters its 30th anniversary, and migrants […]

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December 19, 2016

 Zoroastrian link to the Biblical Magi Kings

 Three Kings”, or “Three Wise Men” or the “Magi” In Christian tradition, the Magi (pronounced Greek: μάγοι, magoi), also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men, (Three)Kings, or Kings from the East, are a group of distinguished foreigners who are said to have visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity and […]

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December 14, 2016

Bhonu Prakash: Zoroastrians & Food in Historical Perspective – Daniel Sheffield, Princeton University

Bhonu Prakash: Zoroastrians & Food in Historical Perspective – Daniel Sheffield. Dan Sheffield is a professor at Princeton University, New Jersey, US Dan’s website: Video Contents: The Banquets of Persepolis and Ctesiphon Food is integrally tied to our identity. As we say You are what you eat. Eating practices of Zoroastrians in Persepolis flavored with […]

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December 4, 2016

Head over to TAJ Lands End for fine dining

DINING From hearty Italian, to aromatic Indian to the piquant spices of fine Chinese, fine-dining restaurants at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, will make you travel the world. Savour each unique recipe perfected.     Whether it’s cooking up innovative dishes or infusing recipes with genuine flavours, winner of the Best Lady Chef, Amninder Sandhu continues […]

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December 3, 2016

Foodie Alert: Parsi Manor Food Festival

Khavanu, Pivanu is Majja ni Life! To celebrate this spirit, we bring to you the Parsi Manor Food Festival. Scrumptious Parsi dishes + Weekend stay at a Parsi heritage villa = An experience you don’t want to miss! Highlights: > Feast on a Special Menu curated by Parsi HomeChef & published author Ms. Gulrukh Irani […]

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November 21, 2016

Mumbai: From Parsi to Peshawri (with recipes)

Explore the Irani eateries and Parsi cafes of this diverse city, and you’ll discover that Mumbai is a culinary mecca but Bombay is an emotion, one that’s truly embodied in its food By Audrey Gillan. Published on 17th November 2016 Photo: Crawford Market, Mumbai.  It’s 7am as we move through a door under a peeling […]

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November 13, 2016

Videos and Photos from the amazing ZAGNY Fundraiser – Jamva Chaloji 2016

ZAGNY just had it’s famous “Jamva Chaloji” Event. We were not able to make it from Boston, but I feel it deserves to be shared on this blog. Jamva Chaloji literally means “Come Eat Please” – what a generous and warm welcoming set of words to say and hear anytime. Of couse at $100 a […]

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November 8, 2016

Parsi Vasanu for the winter season

VASANU is very healthy to eat in the winter. Best time is to take a one inch square at breakfast time. This nutritious, vasanu recipe is from my grandmother. Rita Jamshed Kapadia INGREDIENTS General: 1 1/2kg Ghee 1/2kg Char jaatnu magaz 50g Goonder 2 1/4kg Sugar 500g Ghau nu Dudh (Wheat milk powder) 500g Kammar Kakri 400g […]

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October 25, 2016

Back to the future

Once it was the luxury home of Indian aristocrats who counted the royal family among their friends. But today the 40-bedroom mansion of shipping magnate Sir Dhunjibhoy and Lady Bomanji appears to be trapped in a time warp, having been untouched for more than a quarter of a century. It has been sold in a […]

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October 4, 2016

Chef Jehangir Mehta coming to next two Disney burger bashes Oct. 14 and Nov. 11.

Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan kicks off Rockin’ Burger Block Parties at Epcot Book the October 14 party if you want to meet Seidel or November 11 to see Mehta in person. Like most special events at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, space is limited for this party. Some available options for the event […]

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September 8, 2016

Is there a fabulous Parsi-food cook?

We are wanting to provide a complete Parsi experience at our lovely heritage property, the Parsi Manor, at Matheran. Only food is missing here: ‘Is there a fabulous Parsi-food cook in here? Come over and stay with us at SaffronStays, Parsi Manor, Matheran and help us train our cook in a few signature Parsi dishes […]

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September 4, 2016

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 […]

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August 26, 2016

The Incredible Spicemen are back, hosting this Saturday show on BBC

The Incredible Spicemen are back! Hosting this Saturday’s SATURDAY KITCHEN. HAVE FUN! (August 27, 2016) 27/08/2016, Saturday Kitchen – BBC One Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh present with help from chefs Dan Doherty and Selin Kiazim, while Hattie Morahan faces her food heaven or food hell. There are great moments from the BBC food archive, […]

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August 19, 2016

Parsis particicipate in the Boman Irani challenge to rid homes of odor

Farah Khan challenges Boman Irani to rid homes of odor Mumbai–Actor Boman Irani is busy urging people to take a ‘Smelfie Challenge’ to rid their homes of odour, and now Bollywood choreographer-director Farah Khan has challenged her “Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi” co-star. Boman, who is the brand ambassador for Ambi Pur India, is […]

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August 18, 2016 Best wishes for a very Happy Navroze for you and your family,

B-Town celebs wish Navroz Mubarak to Parsis, plus media coverage of Navroze

On the occasion of the Parsi New Year (Navroz), Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Boman Irani took to social media on Wednesday to wish the Parsi community a year full of love and happiness. Here is what the celebrities had to say: Amitabh Bachchan: Happy Parsi New year. August 17. Love, happiness […]

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August 12, 2016

Sofitel Hotel for a New Year treat

What is an Irani cafe set-up doing in the middle of Mumbai’s swankiest five star hotel, I wonder. I ought to be glimpsing Salade Nicoise and asparagus quiche; not brun maska andpaneer akuri in a place like Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel Mumbai BKC! And then it dawns upon me. The Parsi New Year is almost upon […]

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August 2, 2016

Oldie But A Goodie: Creamy Kulfi and Fresh Chhaas at Parsi Dairy Farm

Ten-second Takeaway A much-loved Mumbai favourite, Parsi Dairy Farm has been proudly standing on Princess Street in Marine Lines since 1916, which makes it a century-old establishment here. What Do We Have Here? Parsi Dairy Farm began its journey selling milk, and the best milk around at that, out of the same institution that still stands […]

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June 29, 2016

Pajama Sweets: Pistachio Brittle

PAJAMA SWEETS LAUNCHES GOURMET PERSIAN TREATS They look as pretty as they taste. On the tins are ornate designs, both inside and out, reminding me of the most intricate Persian miniatures or the crystal ewers in the Keir Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art. They—and their contents—aren’t quite like anything we’ve had locally. Pajama […]

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June 24, 2016

Parsi Food Festival at Blu: Aauris hotel, Kolkata.

by Yazdi Tantra After 15 days of holidaying out abroad, coming back to my country was a welcome change. What was more welcoming however, was getting an invitation to become a part of a respective set of the blogging community and attend a kind of food festival Kolkata has craved to savor. The city of […]

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June 24, 2016

Persian Icecream: Does this remind you of Kulfi, Falooda ?

Meet the Man Who Introduced Persian Ice Cream to Los Angeles – Chef, Mashti Shirvani Many frozen dessert trends have come and gone—Froyo, Dippin’ Dots, liquid nitrogen-chilled ice cream, to name a few. However, Persian-style ice cream and sorbets are eternal. At least that’s what it seems like when you are sitting at one of […]

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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

Parsis who have been frothing like our famous ‘doodh na puff’. Why should Prince William even have gone to Delhi?

by Bachi Karkaria ‘British Mata ki jai’ has been the cry du jour, and even Anupam didn’t Kher to protest. But here’s a secret. The Colaba cats have smelt a rat. Some Bombabes have been baring their Very Berry claws in a Queenie-sized snarl over the importance being given to the Delhi leg of the […]

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April 28, 2016

Parsi Cuisine at Inaugural Event at the Dar-E-Mehr in Pomona, NY : Karma Kafe – An Indian Bistro

Mehernosh Daroowalla and his team were proud to cater the lunch for the inauguration. Originally from Mumbai, India, Mehernosh has a business background and a passion for the food business. Mehernosh opened his first restaurant, India On The Hudson, quickly followed by Karma Kafe, both located in Hoboken, NJ and known for specializing in regional […]

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April 27, 2016

CNN: Pilgrim’s Pride is recalling over 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products.

(CNN) Pilgrim’s Pride is recalling over 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products. By Jen Christensen, CNN The chicken — in boxes of whole-grain breaded nuggets, patties, breakfast patties, tenderloins and popcorn-style varieties — may be contaminated with “extraneous materials,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The materials include plastic, wood, rubber and metal, the […]

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April 11, 2016

Road trip from Mumbai: Driving down to Udvada and Navsari

For most of us, the upcoming Gudi Padwa weekend will be the last of the long weekends (unless of course you are one of those lucky chaps who also have the Ram Navmi weekend off). This will follow an almost three-and-a-half month drought of public holidays that will extend all the way up to the […]

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April 10, 2016

Will the Royal Family visit Britannia Restaurant?

You made it happen! Will & Kate met him Take a bow, internet. You backed this 2-min video and gave 93-year-old ‘Britannia Uncle’ the chance of a lifetime Photo courtesy: The British Deputy High Commission Mumbai The Conde Nast Traveller reports It may take a while, but dreams do come true, Boman Kohinoor will tell you. […]

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April 10, 2016

Indian Feast for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

  The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai welcomes the Royal Couple on their maiden visit to India Mumbai, April 10 (IANS) Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who commenced their maiden visit to India from here on Sunday, will get a whiff of ‘desi’ flavours and aromas as a lavish […]

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April 9, 2016

Parsi Cuisine at Inaugural Event at the Dar-E-Mehr in Pomona, NY : Sheroo Kanga’s Malido

 Recently we attended the Inauguration of the Dar-E-Mehr in Pomona, NY. The food served was delicious and one of the delicacies was Sheroo’s Malido. Malido Sales from 2013 – 2016 and for this event are an on-going fundraising effort by Sheroo that speaks of the dedication and loyalty of the Kanga family. Fresh Malido Trays were made by […]

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April 6, 2016

Udvada Where The Fires Are Always Burning

Udvada Where The Fires Are Always Burning The holy town of Udvada is where the sacred fire of the Iranshah Atashbehram is burning since Zoroastrians came to India, writes CYRUS H. MERCHANT. And outside, in small Parsi homes and a lonely bakery, a different kind of fire burns, keeping the community’s cuisine alive, says MARK […]

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April 3, 2016

Welcome! For, your presence brings purity. Kindness, love and sincerity a hundred fold

Here is an old Persian couplet resounded with an earthy Dari-flavor: ‘Khosh aamadi o safaa aavardi, sad mehr o mohabbat o vafaa aavardi.’ Translation: Welcome! For, your presence brings purity. Kindness, love and sincerity a hundred fold !   But, when one of India’s oldest living Iranians welcomes you to what has been deemed an […]

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March 28, 2016

Inauguration: Arbab Rustam Guiv Dar-E-Mehr New York

Streamed live on Mar 26, 2016 Inauguration Event of the Arbab Rustam Guiv Dar-E-Mehr in New York

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March 21, 2016

Strangers in the Night

Played and sung by Zane Commissariat. Dhansak in the Night . . . . . [Sing to the tune of – ‘Strangers in the Night’] Dhansak in the night . . . Sali boti ‘nay Daru pi ne tight Curry-ma kolmi . . . mothi-mothi Then everything is all right . . . . When […]

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February 22, 2016

Quality, Taste, Convenience are the pillars on which the Variavas have founded Aatash Foods.

AATASH FOODS : ADDING TASTE TO BUSY LIVES In 1993, a young and enterprising Parsee couple Dinshaw & Khurshid Variava took their love for good food a step further … by introducing one of the first Ginger-Garlic Paste brand ( SuperChef’s ) in Mumbai. For a country where no food preparation comes without its share […]

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July 20, 2015

Here’s a sneak peek of Off The Hook, a specialist seafood retail store in Breach Candy

                                by Melissa D’Costa D’Silva Given a choice fishetarians would love to get their hands on the freshest catch of the day, however, considering many don’t have the time to fish for themselves, most rely on local fish markets to get […]

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July 13, 2015

Jamva Chaloji – Parsi Cuisine At Movenpick Hotel And Spa, Bangalore

By I was invited for tasting the Parsi food at My Place, Movenpick Hotel and Spa last Saturday by Chef Rayomund Pardiwalla. He has selected a few of his grandmother’s secret recipes for this event. I had never tasted Parsi food before and was excited to attend this event. When I reached the venue, I […]

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July 10, 2015

Kayani Bakery, Pune, India

A visit to Kayani Bakery is the tradition in Pune. One must visit at least once if not more and gorge on their delicious Shrewsbury biscuits, creamy cakes, and other confectionary. They also have enough for those who prefer salty stuff. For those who are nostalgic – here are some pictures: The tradition for my […]

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July 9, 2015

Ontario Zoroastrian Community Fund (OZCF) celebratory event

by Niloufer Mavalvala Sunshine, clear blue skies and a clean breeze kept almost 700 friends from the Ontario Zoroastrian Community Fund (OZCF) happy during their celebratory event. The Zarathustis, a small minority community who originate in ancient Persia and follow the Lord Zoroaster’s teachings, gathered for an event of a lifetime set up within the 10 […]

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July 7, 2015

Nestle pays Ambuja Cements Rs 20 crore to destroy Maggi packets

NEW DELHI: Nestle India has paid Rs 20 crore to Ambuja Cements for destroying Maggi instant noodles, which were found to be harmful for human consumption by the food regulators in the country.Ambuja Cements, formerly known as Gujarat Ambuja Cements, is believed to have been paid the amount for burning the recalled packets of Maggi […]

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June 20, 2015

Zoroastrians and their roots

by Meher Mirza       Cyrus Dotivala talks to Zororoots participants at Surat’s Dotivala Bakery. Photograph from Zoroastrian Return to Roots team I’m going to be honest with you. I’m a Parsi but I’ve always had a somewhat tenuous love for Parsi food. Of course I liked the odd dish here and there—dhan-dar chawal, […]

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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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June 18, 2015

I love my Maggi

by Hormaz Fatakia Jam-e-Jamshed Here’s a young Parsi who’s not giving up on Maggi — even if it means he turns into a pencil with all that alleged lead!!!

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