Parsi Vasanu

Dear Friends, By popular demand, Rita has made fresh Vasanu this weekend.  Vasanu is a very well-known health food in India. Traditionally, it is made in the winter in India, and has been reported to give vitality and strength. Made in USA with fresh mewo – Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Dates and several other natural healthy ingredients […]

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Fondant Icing

This is a soft fondant icing recipe for decorating a Wedding Cake which is made as a Plum Cake (Oldies call it a Fruit Cake) Ingredients 250 grams fondant icing sugar 4–5 teaspoons water To roll: 1 tablespoon icing sugar 1 dessertspoon cornflour Method Begin by sifting the icing sugar (all but 1 heaped tablespoon) […]

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Shab-e Yalda: When Light Shines and Goodness Prevails

This article first appeared in the FEZANA JOURNAL FALL 2015 Vol 29 No 3 page 76-79 Yalda Festival  Table (Shab e Cheleh) By Rita Jamshed Kapadia Shab-e Yalda: When Light Shines and Goodness Prevails Everywhere in the world, people observe various seasonal days of celebration during the month of December. Most are religious holy days […]

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Parsi Dhansak Recipe – in an Instant Pot aka Pressure Cooker

  (Also spelt as  Dhansaak, Dhanshak,  Dhunsak, Thansak) Vegetarians can leave the meat out and make the dal, it comes out very good. Parsi Dhansak Recipe: Parsi Dhansak for the good times by Rita Ingredients For the Dhansak dal: 1 lb Chicken skinned and washed. (or Lamb, Goat Meat. Vegetarians can leave the meat out […]

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Food made for the holy days of Muktad

The sweet smell of flowers, the beautiful aroma of sandalwood and “loban”, the well laid out tables with “karasiyaas” and vases and the soothing chant of the ancient prayers recited by our Dastoorji – these are all wonderful memories of the “Muktad” days, that my husband Jamshed remembers growing up in Ahmedabad. Food cooked for […]

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Cookbook Series: Dhansak

Enjoy learning how to make a very mouth-watering, satisfying and healthy Parsi Dhansak Meal – a Instant Pot Meal

Recipe (Also spelt as  Dhansaak, Dhanshak,  Dhunsak, Thansak) Vegetarians can leave the meat out and make the dal, it comes out very good. Parsi Dhansak Recipe: Parsi Dhansak for the good times by Rita Ingredients For the Dhansak dal: 1 lb Chicken skinned and washed. (or Lamb, Goat Meat. Vegetarians can leave the meat out […]

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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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 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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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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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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