May 17, 2019 Bhakhra (Parsi Doughnuts)

Bhakhra (Fried Cakes)

by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Bhakhras are fried cakes and can be savored with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Please use Caraway Seeds not shah jeera or any substitute. The flavor of caraway seeds is different. I get so many inquiries for where to get these. A parsi favorite of mine, I take any […]

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January 23, 2019 India’s Parsi Cuisine

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 top […]

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January 7, 2019 Sweet and Crispy Parsi Puri – Tal Papra

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.. […]

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December 9, 2018 Nan Khatai

Nan Khatai

Nan Khatai These soft cookies are similar to the European dutch shortbread cookies. I flavored them with Rose and Cardamon. Very easy and fun to make. Round shapes are the easiest but feel free to roll out the dough and cut into other shapes. Makes 12 Ingredients 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup confectioners […]

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November 14, 2018 Papri and Daran for Malido

Papri and Daran for Malido

Papdi to eat with Malido from the famous Vividh Vani cookbook Recipe translated from Gujarati to English by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Click here for the Guide to Old Measures Ingredients 1 tipri Wheat Flour 1/4 lb Sugar (fine barik) Method Mix above with little water to make a very tight dough. Keep for 1 hour and then […]

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February 14, 2018 Parsi Dahitra

Parsi Dahitra

by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Makes a great Valentine’s Day Treat cuz it is sweet, rose flavored, salty and melts in your mouth. There is a big difference between the Parsi Dahitra and Gujarati Dahitra. The parsi one has Rose and salt and the taste is heavenly. The Gujarati one is fluffy and melts in your mouth. […]

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January 7, 2018 Batasa a favorite biscuit snack. Good with Tea or Coffee anytime!

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

Batasa Recipe:  Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour 1 stick unsalted butter or margarine 1/2 to 1 tsp salt (to your taste) 1/2 tsp sugar 1 tsp double acting baking powder 1 tsp caraway seeds 1/2 cup warm water Method: Mix all of the above ingredients to form a ball of dough. Allow to stand […]

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September 17, 2017 Nankhatai Recipe

Nankhatai Recipe

by Meher Mirza The Parsis especially have taken the nankhatai to their heart and it is to my favourite Parsi cookbook writer that I turned for the recipe. This is of course, my well-thumbed copy of Bhicoo Manekshaw’s Parsi Food and Customs in which she writes, “Parsis have no boundaries when it comes to good food […]

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September 2, 2016 The Batasa Story – Jamshed & Cyrus Dotivala

The Batasa Story – Jamshed & Cyrus Dotivala

Recipe of Batasa Is it true that the Dotivala family invented the famous Parsi Batasa ? How and when did this come about? Yes, our forefathers were the inventors of the famous tea time biscuit popularly known as Batasa. It was in the early 1800’s when our forefather Mr. Faramji Pestonji Dotivala joined the Dutch […]

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