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…

Sweet and Crispy Parsi Puri – Tal Papra

by Ervad Marzban Hathiram Editor’s Note: Sweet and Crispy Parsi Puri stays for a long time like a month. It is fondly called Tal Papra. Made from sesame seeds (Tal), cardamom and nutmeg powder, and caraway seeds. As I get ready for a very important prayer day tomorrow, here’s an old recipe not very commonly made today…..

Health Benefits of Dry or Fresh Boomla, Bombil

  Recipe for the Bombay Duck Pickle (Dried Salty Fish  Pickle) The Parsi community loves Seafood and this Bombay duck patio preparation shows their desire to eat fish in all seasons. The native Fish called Boomla (or Bombay Ducks) is abundant in the rainy season in Tarapore, Mumbai and other places. The villagers dry and salt…

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…

Busybee’s Restaurant Guide for Bombay, Mumbai today

  In the history of Indian journalism, there will never be another humorist like Busybee; he was the Art Buchwald of India, the P.G. Wodehouse of our times and more, a writer with a brilliant sense of timing for satire and humour, but with a soft and sensitive pen. And with a flow of words…

Travel: Places for Indian Parsi Fare

Have a safe and happy journey! We welcome pictures if you visit any of these places!

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…

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…