Atlanta’s new Indian restaurant: Botiwalla

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Photo courtesy Michael Files Fathers, mothers and grandmothers still figure in the new wave of Indian restaurants showing up around metro Atlanta. But family tradition is a touchstone rather than a millstone, nowadays. And please don’t bring up those bad old memories of face-stuffing buffets set to wailing sitar soundtracks, or you just might elicit […]

Irani Café 2.0: These young chefs are here to make Parsi food cool again

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by Meenakshi Iyer, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Since its opening in Gurgaon two years ago, SodaBottleOpenerWala (SBOW) has enjoyed good reviews from patrons and critics alike. Whether it is the décor — complete with a make-believe family tree of Rustom SodaBottleOpenerWala (the Parsi mascot who appears on plates, coasters and stirrers) — or the menu, that […]

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

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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 […]

Road trip from Mumbai: Driving down to Udvada and Navsari

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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 […]

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

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  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 Sheroo for […]

Udvada Where The Fires Are Always Burning

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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 […]

Strangers in the Night

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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 […]

Graffiti and Metaphor Restaurant Reviews

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  Chef Jehangir Mehta opened Graffiti in the East Village of New York City in 2007 after being highly acclaimed at New York City restaurants including Aix, Compass, and Jean-Georges. It all started when, much to the amusement of his family’s maids and cooks, Mumbai-born Jehangir took an interest in the goings-on of the kitchen. […]

NYC’s Newest Must-Try Ice Cream is Babu Ji’s Kulfi

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By Chris Crowley   It’s worth the wait. Photo: Konstantin Sergeyev New York’s ice-cream wars have really ramped up in recent years, spurred on by a bevy of excellent new shops and stakes-raising creations like the black-and-white-cookie ice-cream sandwich and, uh, Kanye West Ice Cream Week. The latest contestant in this frozen-treat frenzy isn’t even […]

Sali Par Edu (Eggs with shredded fried potatoes)

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Grated deep fried potatoes topped with eggs, sunny side up. An easy to make Parsi breakfast dish. by Chef Dharmendar, Mocha, New Delhi Ingredients 3 eggs2 tsp olive oil4 Tbsp Sali (Sali is available in the market or you can make these at home by deep frying partially boiled grated potatoes.) Salt and pepper, to taste […]

Zoroastrians and their roots

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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, […]

First Ever Large Scale Festival on Parsi Culture in 2016

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A mega festival, with exhibits being brought from world over, is being proposed by Minority Affairs Ministry for March next year Article by Sobhana K Nair | Bangalore Mirror New Delhi: In March next year, Delhi will be hosting, for the first time ever, a celebration of Parsi culture, with three exhibitions, one of them […]

Zarin’s Secrets

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  Zarin’s Secrets, is a venture started by me through which I am trying to revive old Parsee recipes. I have with me, my grand mothers old recipes for Home Made Authentic Masalas as well as Bhakras , chutney for Patra ni Machi , Kolmi No Achchar, Gajar meva nu achchar, Kachi keri no Murabbo […]

A Food Tour of Udvada

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Instead of booking a table at a city Bawa eatery on Parsi new year, drive to Udwada for boi, dal-chawal and patio 1. The Hormuzd Bakery stall outside Iranshah Atash Behram stocks crumbly nankhatais and spongy bhakras; 2. Breakfast at Ahura: Parsi poro, akuri and salli par eedu with fresh pav make a jumbo breakfast at […]

The Batasas, Nankhatais and Kahri Biscuits of Dotivala Bakery

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Dotivala The ‘Batasas’ Family of Surat UpperCrust visits Dotivala, Surat’s oldest bakery, which is known all over India for its Batasas, Nankhatais and Khari biscuits. WHATEVER you do in Surat, you cannot come away without buying Nankhatai, Batasas and Khari biscuits from the old Dotivala bakery there. It is located on Ardeshir Kotwal Road, Nanpura, […]