Besan Ladoo

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For any occasion, whether it is Diwali, Rakhsa Bhandhan (Raki Time) or  Parsi mithu monu. These besan ladoo are so easy to make. I used to make them at 7 years of age playing with my friend. 

Kebab

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INGREDIENTS 1 lb. minced meat (Beef, Turkey, or Chicken mince) 2 medium onions minced with meat or chopped fine. 6 garlic cloves (grind with ginger root) 2 cm piece of ginger root (grind with garlic cloves) 1 teaspoon each of turmeric powder, chili powder and curry powder 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander 4 teaspoons […]

Indian Parsi Meat and Potatoes

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Khorshed Masi’s  Junglee Palav / Dill (Suva Ni Bhaji) no Palav

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by Shirin Engineer Ingredients: I pound Mutton (Goat meat) (if Goat meat is not available then Lamb or Beef can be substituted) 2 potatoes (unpeeled) washed and cut into roughly 1 – 2 inch pieces. 2 cups of Basmati Rice I medium red Onion I bunch of cilantro destemmed and cleaned 1 bunch of Dill […]

Vaghareli Khichri

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It is the Ayurvedic detox food.  Khichadi, pronounced kich-ah-ree and sometimes spelled “kitchari” or “khichdi,” has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick and the healthy during special times of Diet Detox & Cleansing.  Vaghareli Khichri Recipe  Ingredients 1 Cup rice (barik Surti kolam, basmati) 1 Cup maag/mung OR red masoor […]

E-Cookbooks from ParsiCuisine.com

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 Click here for the Parsi Cuisine E-Cookbooks by Rita Jamshed Kapadia.  

Eggs on potato chips / Wafer per Eedu

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Wafer per Eedu. Eggs on potato chips. Video https://youtu.be/WA0yFCDhC8U

Run Chicken run !

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Bahman mahino is over!
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Are you an authentic Parsi?

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Check off the squares! Let us know your comments below. 🙂

Parsi Batasa

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Parsi Batasa Recipe Using yogurt, yeast and more certainly makes them soft on the inside and, crunchy on the outside. I have had the hard and crisp, dunk in Chai batasa all my life. Batasa from Navsari, Surat, Udvada. Make them and write cookbooks for these delicacy. Now these I took these babies out of […]

4th of July Indian Menu with an American Twist

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Cook up some Indian food with an American twist. Red White and Blue Shrikhand Grilled Seekh Kebab See Video #1 of 2 Grilled Seekh Kebab See Video #2 Chicken Salad Blueberry Cake

May the angels of destiny visit and bless baby.

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In parsis a ancient “Chhathi na lekh” ritual is performed on the sixth day after a baby’s birth.

Shop on Amazon

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Contact Rita for a free personal autograph and signed copy at Rita@ParsiCuisine dot com (Offer valid only for USA)

Guide to OLD Measures for cooking with Vividh Vani Cookbook

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Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia (as is from original volumes in Gujarati) First published at the turn of the 20th century, this mammoth book of two parts totaling 1500 pages carries over 2000 recipes, ranging from traditional Parsi to continental and Indian cuisines. Written in an era where all cooking was […]

A night at Taj Hotel

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Falooda – a drink for the hot summer with Rose, Cream and yummy ice-cream

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Hot Summer Days call for Cold Falooda!

Audh – forgotten but now remembered

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Parsi Audh – forgotten but now remembered.

Parsi Mawa Cake

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Parsi Mawa Cake

Celebration for the centenarian

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Keki Pirojshah Illava of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada who is celebrating his 100th birthday on June 7 epitomizes the Parsi approach of “khaaavo, piyo ne majah karo (eat, drink and be merry),” notes a brief write-up by Meher Panthaky, erstwhile director of the Ontario Zoroastrian Community Foundation. He eats his favorite British breakfast of eggs and […]

Recipe Contest Winner: Baked Cauliflower

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Congratulations to our member Navaaz Mehta. I personally had the pleasure to sample this baked cauliflower in NY. Navaaz worked hard to get the ingredients for these 2 large trays of cauliflower trays in cold and rainy winter days! Fresh heads of Cauliflower are scarce in NY markets at this time of the year (Christmas […]

Fish wrapped in Banana Leaf with delicious Chutney: Parsi Patra ni Maachi

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Fish wrapped in Banana Leaf with delicious Chutney: Parsi Patra ni Maachi

Nana Jhinga Nu Patiyu

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From Deven Parlikar My grandmother had such a strong influence in my culinary journey. As a Parsi woman married to a Maharashtrian man, she introduced the world of amazing Parsi food to all of us, her family!! One of my absolute favorite dishes she made was her “Nana jhinga nu Patiyu” – a Parsi Shrimp […]

Online Cooking Class

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Online Cooking Class demo of Several Omeletes, The Spicy Parsi Poro, Kharo Plain Omelet and different Akuris.

Memorial Day Grill Seekh Kebab

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Memorial Day Grill Seekh Kebab Video from Rita Kapadia YouTube –

Omelete

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Cooking Class of Rita Kapadia

Parsi Kumas

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Recipe by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Makes 24 pieces Ingredients 6 oz salted butter (melted) 2 cups sugar 5 eggs 1/4 cup grated blanched Almonds for cake mix 1 cup wheat flour 1 cup rava (fine grain semolina) 1/2 cup cake flour or baking plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 tsp cardamom […]

Kumas Cake Class – Video and Recipe

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Recipe by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Makes 24 pieces Ingredients 6 oz salted butter (melted) 2 cups sugar 5 eggs 1/4 cup grated blanched Almonds for cake mix 1 cup wheat flour 1 cup rava (fine grain semolina) 1/2 cup cake flour or baking plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 tsp cardamom […]

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day

How to Disinfect Your Groceries and cook to eliminate corona virus

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Do your Grocery Shopping Online – click here for indian and other groceries. We’ll teach you how to keep everything from your countertop to your dinner plate germ-free! – Disinfect Your Groceries During the Coronavirus Outbreak. Spray Lysol on plastic bags and let sit for 5 minutes before empting groceries. Will Cooking Food Kill the […]

Khaman na ladoo

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Guess this Ladoo Name.  HINT: It is used for a Parsi Ceremony and made of Coconut 🙂  Khaman na ladoo These are made for a baby’s “pag ladoo ceremony“. This is when a baby starts walking and standing on his/her own feet.   Ingredients1/2 Cup Rice flour2 tbsp All purpose flour2 tbsp butter3/4 cup water […]

Nankhatai

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We used to get Nankhatai like these in Surat, India from the famous Dotivala Bakery. 2 khatai wrapped back to back in wax paper together. Now making them in USA, makes my day during the Covid-19 lockdown. Recipe by Vera Dinshaw Springett and Sandra Master Ingredients– 4 cups All-purpose Flour– 1.25 cups or 10oz of […]

Free EBook: Eat, Live, Pray

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Dear ParsiCuisine Members, However much havoc COVID 19 has caused it has also given us a gift, the gift of time through the lock down, to utilize that time  in creative ways to explore new hobbies, new passions, experiment with new recipes.   In that spirit of sharing and providing  materials to keep us all busy […]

Indian Bhurji with Cottage Cheese (Egg free)

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Prepared this almost like our Parsi Egg Akuri INGREDIENTS 300 Grams Paneer/Cottage Cheese 3 medium onions finely chopped 1 green chilli finely chopped 1 Finely chopped spring onion 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 tsp jeera powder 1/2 tsp dhana powder 1/2 tsp black pepper powder Chilli powder to taste 2 medium […]

Salli Boti

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Red hot mutton cooked to perfection amid sizzling hot spices, crowned with beautiful golden potato shreds. (Salli) by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Ingredients 4-5 Tbsp of oil 1 bowl of chopped onions 2 Tbsp ginger garlic paste 300 gm of boneless mutton or chicken 1 tsp red chilli powder 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder 1 1/2 […]

Birthday of Fire

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Mubarak to all Mazdayasni Worshippers – Parsee Zorastrians around the world
Adar roz and Adar Mah is a very auspicious day for fires. We may even consider this day as the birthday of fires. The day prior to this (roj Daepadar i.e. yesterday 20.04.2020 )is regarded as the birthday of all hearths and hearth fires, and that is why many Parsi homes decorate their cooking places with vermillion and turmeric paste and draw the Afarganyu, chipyo and chamach over there.
On the auspicious day Adar mahino adar roj several sacred fires were consecrated. The most important fire for all us Zoroastrians – the sacred Iranshah – also celebrates its birthday on this auspicious day. May we always make ourselves worthy to aspire for the blessings and protection from our sacred Iranshah.

Wedding Ceremonies

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Ceremonies prior to the marriage  Rupiya Peravanu Rupiya Peravanu literally means gifting rupees in Gujarati language. This ceremony marks the unofficial engagement when both the families acknowledge the acceptance of the marriage alliance. On this day, ladies from the groom’s family pay a visit to the bride’s house. The bride is presented with a gift […]

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

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Batasa a favorite biscuit snack.

Butter Makhania Biscuits or Batasa

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These were made in United States and with a standard conventional oven.

How to make Maska (White Butter)

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maska

Easter Honey Cake

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Honey Cake Ingredients1 1/2 cup Plain flour 1/2 cup Butter 1/4th cup Oil 3/4 cup Sugar powder 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder 1/4 tsp Salt 1/4 cup Milk 1 1/2 tb sp. Vanilla essence 3 Eggs For Honey syrup 1/4 cup of water 4tb sp.of honey 2 tsp. of rose water Mix together to make […]

A selection of recipes from a bygone era when food was cooked over wood stoves.

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Parsiana August 7, 2016 – A selection of recipes from a bygone era when food was cooked over wood stoves. By Farrokh Jijina. Pickled Lady’s Fingers, Daal Madrasi and Coffee Jelly. RE-Print of Original Gujarati Volumes available as a paperbacks in new glossy paper. Printed in USA. Click below to purchase: Check out ENGLISH Translations […]

The place of Tea in Indian Culture

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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 gardens are a sight to see. Beautiful terraces are carved into the earth and from far they look like manicured gardens. Tea from Darjeeling and Assam is world famous for its aroma and taste.
Tea was introduced in India by the British during early 1900’s, those were early days of the British Raj. Large swaths of land were converted for mass tea-production. Ironically, the British introduced tea in India to break the Chinese monopoly. Tea was originally consumed by the westernized Indians, but it became widely popular over time. Today, looking at the popularity of tea one cannot tell of its origins from China.
But the story of story of tea in India goes beyond the tea gardens in exotic mountains and valleys, covered with mist and lush greenery. Tea is woven intricately into the Indian social fabric.
Chai is the common equalizer in India – from the rich to the poor. No matter what their position in life, an Indian relishes a cup of tea. The rich ones have their tea served in fancy tea-pots, delicate porcelain cups on well laid out tables with cookies and pastries. The not-so-affluent have it in more humble settings. But the joy and satisfaction is the same.
No matter where you go in India, even the remote village, you are likely to find a tea-stall, with a Chai-walla brewing the concoction, squeezing every last flavor. There is always a crowd of eager and tired folks waiting patiently for their chai. Tea re-vitalizes your body. It is a great anti-oxidant.
India has one of the largest railway networks in the world. Every train station has tea-stalls. Hawkers carry tea-buckets doling out hot cups to weary travelers as the trains pull into the train stations. One of my enduring memories growing up in India is traveling on the train in the sleeper-coach and waking up to the lilting calls of the tea-hawkers.
There are many stories of how tea brings people together. When you visit friends – tea and snacks are probably the most common offering. A cup of tea bonds friendships and heals differences. A guest rejecting an offer of a cup of tea may even hurt their feelings. The ultimate bonding is sharing a cup of tea – between two people – albeit in different saucers. When you visit a commercial establishment, as a sign of respect for the customer, tea is offered. Read more in my cookbook for Tea.
Recently, I was invited to speak and present “The Place of Tea in Indian Culture and the Kerala Tea Gardens” at the Boston Athenaeum. Here is a short synopsis. I am delighted that my Cookbooks were displayed and showcased in the museum! Thanks Hannah Weisman! Hannah is the Director of Education at Boston Athenaeum.
The museum is a historical place and encourages historical books. The Boston Athenaeum is steeped in history. Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States.
Tea / Chai Recipes:
Ginger Tea
Masala Chai
Parsi Chai
Cardamom Tea
Teas of India Cookbook

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Indian Cooking Class: Dhansak

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Indian Cooking Class 1 Recipes used in the Indian Cooking Class Vegetarian Dhansak Brown Rice Kachumbar by Rita Jamshed Kapadia This Dhansak is vegetarian and has no meat. It is modified to be suitable for western taste. The Spicy Dhansak recipes and photos are in my Cookbook available on Amazon Vegetarian Dhansak Dal (Lentil) Recipe Serves […]

Chapat – Sweet Parsi Pancakes

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Serves 2 Ingredients 3/4 cup flour 1 1/2 tbsp Semolina fine 3 eggs  1 – 1/2 cups coconut milk or plain milk 4 tbsp sugar or less if desired 1 1/2 tsp essence of vanilla 3/4 tsp Nutmeg powder 1 tsp Cardamon powder 1/4 cup Charoli or Almonds (finely chopped – optional) 1 tbsp cup […]

Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia. Re-print paperback and digital free download.

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Free PDF of  the cooking books  “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia is available on this ParsiCuisine.com website.  Click here to DOWNLOAD the digital version PDF (Volume 1)   (file will open in new tab) Click here to DOWNLOAD the digital version PDF (Volume 2)   (file will open in new tab)  Order the REPRINT of “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai […]

Dotivala Bakery completes 159 years – one of the longest surviving businesses in India.

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Considering India just celebrated its independence of 70 years from the British Raj, this makes the bakery one of the longest surviving and thriving business in modern day India. During their reign in India, the Dutch established in Surat a warehouse on Dutch Road, in which five Parsi gentlemen were employed as bakers. When the […]

Navroze Celebrations – a video by PARZOR

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Eggs over Sali or Potatoes

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Eggs over Sali or Potatoes

Lagan nu Custard (from cookbook)

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by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Lagan nu Custard is made with eggs and is delicious! Recipe from my mother Parin Homi Munshi. More recipes in cookbook. Order HERE. Ingredients 6 cups milk or 3 cups heavy cream 1 slice bread 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 tsp vanilla essence OR 1 tsp Rose Essence 3 tsp […]

Chicken Soup for fighting a Cold or Flu

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This  Chicken Soup improves immunity and helps during a flu or cold.  Ingredients 1 lb or 4 chicken drumsticks 2 Tomatoes chopped 1 large red onion sliced 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick 2 tsp Ginger Garlic paste (adoo lasan) 1 tsp salt or to taste (optional can omit for a low sodium diet) 1 […]

Quick and Easy Parsi Malido Video and Recipe

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Video Recipe 2 oz canola oil 2 – 4 oz butter (to tastes and diet needs) 1 cup coarse semolina 1/2 cup bisquick 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups water Garnish 2 oz chopped / slivered almonds 1 oz raisins 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil 1 – 2 tsp vanilla essence (to taste) 2 […]

Holi Special

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by Sarika Rana India is gearing up to celebrate one of the biggest festivals, that is Holi.  Holi is said to derive its name from the mythological character Holika, who was the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashyap. After the night of Holika Dahan on Choti Holi where a bonfire is lit, people play […]

Haft Sheen/Seen Sofreh (spread) for Naurooz

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Hamā Anjuman Prayers for Naurooz In English, Farsi and Gujarati

Agarni / Agharni Lavda

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By Rita Kapadia Recipe for Agarni Ladva Boondi: 2 1/2 cups gram flour (not superfine variety) 500 ml. milk (optional to remove sugar impurity) 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder 3 cups ghee for deep frying 2 fine hole shallow strainer metal spoons, or use a colander with holes (be innovative) 1/2 tsp vanilla or rose essence […]

Seven Ways to Celebrate Navroz 2020

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Navroze / Nowruz / Nooruz is on March 21, 2020. Commemorated in a grand and elaborate fashion, preparations for  Navroze begin well in advance. Houses are cleaned to remove all the cobwebs and painted new. They are then adorned with different auspicious symbols, namely, stars, butterflies, birds and fish. New attires are ordered and made […]

Get ready for Navroze 2020

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Kolmi no Patio

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by BawaTips and Parsi Khabar Nice one – so good had to share! “Patio” is a outdoor sitting area and a yummy parsi tomato based sauce to be enjoyed ! How about having the “Parsi Patio” with “Dhan Dar” on a warm sunny deck (patio). Of course the wierd shrimps love basking in the sunshine […]

Agarni Karvani Reet (Khoro Bharvani Reet)

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Note the indian gujarati parsi word Lavra is a plural form. Singular one is spoken as Lavro. Ladoo is a term for small round balls. Usually boondi ladoo, besan ladoo, moti-choor ladoo, coconut ladoo and many other ladoos. You get the drift right? Nothing is written below is compulsory, do everything happily according to your […]

Happy Valentines Day

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Lemon Shortbread Cookies   Cooking on Valentine’s Day can be a gift from the heart   

Heart shaped French Macarons

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by Havovi Bhomisha Patel Ingredients 120 gm Egg white 100 gm Castor sugar 125 gm Almond powder 200 gm Icing sugar Method Whip egg whites and castor sugar till soft peak. Add sieved almond powder and icing sugar. Fold in with a spatula. Add a drop of gel colouring. Pipe on paper with the shape drawn […]

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

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Valentine’s Day Heart Shortbreads Ingredients 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tbsp fresh lemon zest 2 cups / 4 sticks very soft butter (leave outside overnight) 4 cups self-rising flour 1 cup Sugar Cookie Cutters Method Whip Lemon juice, zest, sugar and butter till creamy Add flour and make dough. Wrap dough in 2 cylindrical […]

Parsi Sev

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How to make authentic fluffy and delicious Parsi Sev for Birthdays, New Year, Weddings, and any Auspicious Occasion in your home. Time tested recipe by Rita. Parsi Sev is also known as Sweet Vermicelli and found in Indian Grocery Stores in the USA, UK and other countries outside India. Here is the recipe. Serves 10 […]

Popatji

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Ingredients Wheat flour 2 cupsMaida 1 cupRavo 1/2 cupEggs 2Ghee 2 tablespoons + for fryingSalt a pinchDahi 1/2 kiloAlmonds and cashew nutsCardamom and nutmeg powder MethodMix eggs and ghee together till fluffy. Add flours and dahi alternately.The dough must be semi liquid.Make sugar syrup with 1 and half cups sugar and water. It must reach […]

Food for the Mind

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Food for the Mind

Go Green – Biodegradable Plates, Cups and items for food serving

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Plan your next party with these low-cost and a better option than paper plates! Save the wastage, and Go Green. Pure Palm Planet Friendly Palm Leaf Plates; Bamboo-Style, Upscale Disposable Dinnerware; All-natural Biodegradable Plates (7″ Square) (25 Pack) ✔️ PURE PALM ECO-FRIENDLY 7″ SQUARE DISPOSABLE PLATES; 100% Sustainable Harvesting From Fallen Palm Leaves; Perfect One-Time-Use […]

Mulberry Jam

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These are mulberries in English while in Persian in Iran it’s called Toot. Mulberry Jam Recipe Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Ingredients Method Footnotes Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 28 calories; 0.1 g fat; 6.8 g carbohydrates; 0.4 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 10 mg sodium. 

Dedicated to all chicken lovers

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Chicken vocabulary 🐓 Who is the chicken’s father? Chicken ka bab. Who is the chicken’s mother? Chicken Kima. How do you tell a chicken to call you on your mobile? Kalmi chicken What happens when a chicken takes a bath? Chicken showerma. Chicken in trouble? Chicken soup. Chicken getting injection? Chicken teeka. Chicken flatterer? Butter chicken. […]

Dar ni Pori step by step

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By City Shor Editor’s Note: In gujarati but easy to follow steps visually. I knew Lily aunty at the Parsi Industrial in Khanpur and have had many of her tasty Dar ni Pori. Albeit have brought them over to USA. Untold Kitchen Stories Ep 9- Traditional Parsi dish- Dar ni Pori ft. Lily Sahuna Aunty […]

Shrimp Coconut Sauce called Patio

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Shrimp Coconut Sauce called Patio

Parsi connection with the soda and aerated water industry

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I am Dinyar Patel,  a professor of history at the University of South Carolina, currently based in Mumbai on a Fulbright fellowship where I have been researching some aspects of Parsi history. I would like to ask my readers for assistance with one topic of interest: the Parsi connection with the Indian soda or “aerated […]

Dark Chocolate Truffle Mousse

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Dark Chocolate Truffle Mousse

Kid Cooks Wanted!

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Kid Cooks Wanted!
ParsiCuisine.com invites kids of all ages — from the littlest to college students — to submit their recipes, stories about their efforts, and photos of their creations for possible publication in our column  The Kids Cook.  We can’t promise that all submissions will be accepted for publication, but we do promise that each submission will receive a prompt and encouraging reply. 
Get your kids cooking! We’d love to hear from them!

India’s brilliant Bombay Duck

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By Meher Mirza Fiendishly ugly and pungently smelly, Bombay duck can be quite off-putting. So why is it so beloved throughout Mumbai? 21 January 2020 When I was a little girl growing up in Bombay, June was the month I looked forward to the most. It was the month when the charred, inky monsoon clouds, […]

Tea of India – Chai

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Chai is the common equalizer in India – from the rich to the poor. No matter what their position in life, an Indian relishes a cup of tea. The rich ones have their tea served in fancy tea-pots, delicate porcelain cups on well laid out tables with cookies and pastries. The not-so-affluent have it in […]

Homemade Almond Joy candies

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Homemade Almond Joy candies recipe by Lylah Alphonse On “Cooking Is Cheaper Than Therapy” Ingredients1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut3 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk1/2 teaspoon vanilla36 roasted, unsalted, whole almonds2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips1 Tablespoon coconut oil12 to 16 cupcake liners MethodArrange cupcake liners on a cookie sheet or tray that fits in your refrigerator. In […]

Tomato per eedu

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Tomato and Eggs go  well together.  A parsi favorite anyday. Served with rotli and raw chopped onion on the side is my favorite way to enjoy this classic. It is a sweet and spicy dish with ginger, garlic and  Indian spices. Tomato per eedu Recipe  INGREDIENTS          1 kg ripe tomatoes 1 tsp. salt Grind together […]

When you ask your husband to put the food away

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Ice cream Shop – an Old favourite and still awesome.

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K. Rustom Ice Cream Menu for your ready reference.

Kheema Meat Empanadas

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Empanadas are perfect little pastries. The dough bakes (or air fries!) into a golden flaky crust that shatters beautifully. We filled ours with a classic parsi kheema mixture, but you could fill yours with chicken or even beans and rice for a vegetarian version. We used empanada dough bought from the market for the perfect empanada, […]

From Persia to India

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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 […]

Almond Milk

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If you have lactose problems, this milk will help. Easy to make at home. Almond Milk is very easy to make and it is so much better than the supermarket versions. Much tastier and NO SUGAR. Almond Milk Recipe Ingredients 1/2 Cup Almond Flour * 2 cups water Method To make Almond Milk follow these […]

15 health benefits of this amazing fruit – Manna from heaven!

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It is the fruit of the Tad (Palmyra) Palm. Found on the streets of Mumbai, India. We used to call it “Galeli”. I would love the soft texture and sweet flavor on the tongue. A delicate flavour and like lychee consistency. The tender ones are so sweet and soft to gulp. You get “Toddy” (todi) […]

It’s time to play Kick the Can—of soda, that is.

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leukemia and lymphoma risk

Epiphany Day – January 6

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Question: When should you take down Christmas tree? The Traditional Answer: Traditionally, Catholics do not take down their Christmas trees and holiday decorations until January 7, the day after Epiphany. Time to put away the Christmas tree till next year. Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas on 6th January (or January 19th for some Orthodox Church who have […]

Recipe index  

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ParsiCuisine.com has one of the largest collection of free Indian and Parsi / Parsee food recipes, cooking tips, chefs and restaurants. We are expanding this site with fusion foods and to other wonderful people and cultures like Bengali, Gujarati, Goan, Persian, Sindhi, Punjabi, is my Joy. For your convenience we created a recipe index, click […]

We wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

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We wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

Risks and Benefits of Tukmaria Seeds

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Tukmaria Seeds (ocimum basilicum) are also known as tukham malanga. They are holy seeds in many Asian countries, due to their exceptional qualities. Precautions Tukmaria seeds should not be given directly to children, since they can choke on it. A word of caution. In case of pregnant women, these seeds are known to lower down […]

Risks Of Basil During Pregnancy

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Risks Of Basil (Tulsi) During Pregnancy

Go Udvada! Gujarat Gears Up For Parsi Festival

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#Parsicuisine is a wonderful blend of Persian (Iranian) cuisine Gujarati flavours, Maharashtrian, and British influences.Parsi dishes reveal traces of their Persian past in its use of sweet dried fruit and nuts such as apricots and golden raisins, almonds, or Charoli seeds, and cashews. The most notable part about the Parsi cuisine in India is that it […]

Rita’s Christmas Fruit Cake

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Rita’s Fruitcake

The lip-smacking story of the cake revolution in India

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By Vikram Doctor One of the most startling things of this festive season: the desi bride and groom are actually made of cake. Flury’s became known both for the cakes it provided in its café and the elaborate concoctions it made on demand. Bachi Karkaria, in her book, Flury’s of Calcutta: The Cake That Walked, recorded […]

Baby Eggplants with Chutney

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I like these little baby eggplants my mother used to stuff with chutney and tie with a string. The Indian word for Eggplant is also Ravaiya, Vengnu, Aubergine or Brinjal. Ingredients 8-10 small ravaiya (baby eggplant) 1 cup coconut milk, extracted from 1/2 coconut 50 grams tamarind soaked in warm water and pulp strained off […]

Burger like no other – it is a cake!

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Guess what it is a cake burger made with cake mix, pancake mix, frosting and loads of creativity. Here are the steps to making this Burger Cake, French Fries, Pickles, Cheese: Tip: Visit McDonald’s or Burger King for paper container! Now, let’s party! Join Fiesta Friday #307 by adding your link. Don’t forget to link […]

Marzipan Boi (Fish shaped Dessert)

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This fish shaped dessert is very popular among the Indian Parsi community. It is molded in the shape of a fish because the fish is a symbol for fertility and good luck. It can be sliced and eaten as dessert. Storage Instructions: Can be kept outside for 2 or 3 days, refrigerated for a couple […]

Mysore Pak

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Ingredients Method In a large kadai add ghee and oil. Bring to a boil and simmer till you prepare mysore pak. Keep Next, in a large heavy bottomed / non stick kadai take sugar and water and bring to a boil. Keep boiling and stirring till the sugar attains one string consistency. Next, keep the […]

The Forgotten Christmas Pudding

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Nothing makes a better end to a Christmas dinner than a rich, dense Christmas pudding. Home chef Rhea Mitra Dalal is keeping the steam and spirit alive. The days are getting cooler and it will be winter soon. We found a nice article on the forgotten Christmas pudding. On Belvedere Road in Mazagaon, we look […]

Reviving the Parsi platter

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The dream of being in that kitchen finally came true !!The Masterchef Kitchen !!!Standing in front of these judges and making them taste my food was the best experience ever ♥️I got the extraordinary opportunity to promote my ideas about how I want to preserve my culture.Top 40 in India !!Stay tuned for this !Coming soon […]

A Parsi Story: Sugar in the Milk

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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 / […]

Dhanshak Masala

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Dhanshak Masala While preparing the Parsi delight Dhanshak, you need not bother about curating various spices for enhancing the taste. Just use Badshah Dhanshak Masala and let your guests keep guessing the secret of your culinary skills. We ensure to keep the authenticity of its traditional taste intact in this spice mix.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Nutty Feta Cheese Spread

Nutty Feta Cheese Spread

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Sweet and Salty Spread to go with your favorite crackers ! Ingredients ½ cup crushed walnuts 1 cup Feta Cheese ¼ cup Raisins 1/2 tsp salt or to taste Your favorite crackers (I used Tostitos Scoops) Method Combine all of above in a food processor till blended and smooth. Taste for salt and serve on […]

Sweet & Sour Pomegranate Drink

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Pomegranates are reminders of the cycle of life. The purple outer covering of a pomegranate symbolizes birth or dawn, and their bright red seeds the glow of life. A Nutritious Fresh Drink to energize you! Ingredients 1 cup Pomegranate juice 1 Cup Watermelon pieces (without seeds) ¼ Sugar ½ Salt ¼ black pepper Crushed ice […]

Fruit Kebabs

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Simple watermelon and feta cheese kebabs. The flavor of watermelon and feta cheese explodes in your mouth. Try it sometime. Enjoy! – Rita Jamshed Kapadia Ingredients 1 cup cubed watermelon pieces 1 cup cubed feta cheese 4 skewers Method Skewer watermelon cubes and feta cheese cubes alternatively.

Shab-e Yalda: When Light Shines and Goodness Prevails

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Yalda on December 21 is celebrated in many parts of the world. Eating watermelon in the winter is believed to keep you healthy in the new year. Watermelon seeds are one of the items in the health food – parsi vasanu and the gujarati word is “char jat nu magaj”. Yalda Festival  Table (Shab e […]

Indian Grocery Stores

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ACTON Little Market Address: 276 Great Road Acton, MA, 01720; Tel: (978) 263 0675 Shiva’s Super Bazaar Address: 5 Nagog Park, Acton, MA 01720; Tel: (978) 429-8043 ALLSTON Cheema Supermarket Address: 562 Cambridge St, Allston, MA, 02134; Tel: (617) 783-9800 ASHLAND The Real Food Address: 200 Butterfield Drive, Unit B, Ashland, MA, 01721; Tel: (508) […]

Reviews of Indian Restaurants in Massachusetts. Boston and surrounding towns.

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BOSTON–Here is a list of Indian restaurants in Massachusetts. We are taking in reviews. See them below along with the restaurant menus: (Do check again for new reviews and list updates) If you have a experience – Please send us the review with following: Name of the restaurant, address, phone number and website address. ACTON […]

Turkey Day Candy

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Edible Candy Turkeys You will need: Bag of Candy Corn Cupcake containers Blanched Almonds for garnish Reeses Peanut Butter Cups Oreo Cookies with thick cream center Chocolate covered Raisins Assemble: Take a Oreo cookie and stick a peanut butter for the turkey body. Stick a chocolate covered raisin on top for the head of the […]

Fenugreek Eggs Parsi style

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Fenugreek is known to lower blood sugar levels. In fact everytime I make this dish, I feel better the next day!

Sali Kheema

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by Erik Treasuryvala Is minced meat good for you? Meat is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and B vitamins. It is one of the main sources of vitamin B12, also found in milk. Advice from the Department of Health is to consume healthier meat or meat products, such […]

Jardalu ma Marghi (Chicken with Apricots)

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Butternut Squash

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Perfect side dish with turkey, chicken or any meat at Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving Here is a simple and easy recipe for making it. Ingredients 1 lb peeled butternut squash sliced 1 tsp of lemon juice mixed with 1/4 tsp each of turmeric, red chilli powder and salt. Method In a non-stick pan, add olive oil […]

Easy Parsi Vasanu

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If you have made the parsi vasanu ever, you know it requires a huge amount of stirring for hours. Of course if you have a spouse or a muscular kid in the house, you can enlist their services! Take a break and look into purchasing the Gourmia GST210B Stiriffic Adjustable Pot & Pan Hands Free […]

Parsi Mutton Cutlets

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By Rita Jamshed Kapadia Ingredients 250 gm mutton mince 1 tsp ginger paste 1 tsp garlic paste 1 green chilli, coarsely ground 1/2 tsp turmeric 1 tsp red chilli powder 1/2 tsp clove-cinnamon powder or garam masala 2 Tbsp potatoes, boiled and mashed 5 mint leaves , chopped coarsley 1 Tbsp chopped coriander Salt to […]

While Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for family, Friendsgiving gives us an opportunity to be thankful for friends.

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While Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for family, Friendsgiving gives us an opportunity to be thankful for friends.

Eggless Bhakra Gluten free and Vegan – Vegetarians rejoice!

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Eggless Bhakra

Dudh Na Puff (Milk froth)

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Parsi Style Dudh Na Puff (Milk froth) This delicious and nutritious drink is traditionally made in the winter. Fresh  milk is used and to cool the milk, it was  put out on an open terrace or flat roof overnight. In this century we use the refrigerator and USA dairy cow’s milk. Best served immediately in […]

White Pumpkin Preserve “Kohra no Murambo”

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“Kohra (White Pumpkin)  Murambo (Preserve)” recipe is included in the cookbook . White Pumpkin Preserve is flavored with hints of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg with an amber caramel color which come from hours of gently simmering the grated pumpkin. Truly,  this Kohra no Murambo is a labor of love in the finest traditions of the Parsis.  […]

Irish Butter Kerrygold Has Conquered America’s Kitchens or NOT ?

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Irish Butter Kerrygold Has Conquered America’s Kitchens or NOT ?

English Version of Ashem Vohu Prayer. Good Thought, Good Words, Good Deeds.

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Health benefits of Bay Leaves

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Health benefits of Bay Leaves

Thanks for taking the survey

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Thanks for taking the survey. Inquiries, Questions and Comments are always welcome. Best regards, Rita

Happy Diwali and a very prosperous New Year

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Five Festive Days of Diwali Diwali also known as the Festival of Lights is a five days Hindu festival, celebrated between mid-October and mid-November. Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest Hindu festival among all, celebrates to victory of the Good over the Evil and Light over Darkness. The Festival of Lights commemorates the return of Lord Rama […]

Surti Papri Chicken, Mutton or Lamb (with vegetarianism option)

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Surti Papri

Cooking With the Parsis

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Cooking With the Parsis; Parsi: Indian Spices, Mideastern Cooking; Tehmina Alphonse’s Parsi Recipes Method for Making Ghee Kheema Kebabs (Spiced meatballs) Mango Kulfi Dhansak (Chicken with lentil puree) By Craig Claiborne PRINCETON, N.J. WOULD YOU come to dinner?” Tehmina Alphonse asked. “I will prepare you the traditional meal of the Parsis in India. Our culture […]

Pastry filled with Cream or Malai Khaaja

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Malai Khaaja Method 1 (with puff pastry) Ingredients 1 heavy cream carton. Small size of 8 oz. 1 tin evaporated milk 1 lb. Mava / Khoya 3 tsp Sugar or to taste 1 tsp Elaichi Cardamom powder or to taste 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder or to taste. 3 threads of Saffron or to taste. (Note […]

Kharvas, Bali, Bari, Colostrum – Milk pudding

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Kharvas, Bali, Bari, Colostrum – Milk pudding

What do Nankhatai Biscuits and Nankhatai Band have in common?

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What do Nankhatai Biscuits & Nankhatai Band have in common? Answer: Both Biscuit and Band were popular in Surat, India. The soft crumbly nankhatai brings back many a fond memory. The word Nankhatai comes from the Persian word ‘Nan‘ meaning bread and ‘Khatai’ probably comes from ‘Catai’ or ‘Cathay’, the older name for China. Thus translating […]

Diwali Recipes

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Diwali Recipes

Delicious Paneer

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Zenobia Master’s Paneer by Ava Master & Jamjoji

Parsi Films that never made it

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When Harry met Salli BotiBohemian RhapsodawaterwallaTata, Mr. ChipsSo near, yet so farchaMalcolm Baug XLast Tango in Parsi ColonyWhere Eagles DaruwallaHomi AloneDhansak With WolvesChariots of Fire TempleTehmina the Shrew and/or The Taming of KekashrooAnahita HallGuess Who’s Coming to DinyarAntony and Cleopatra ni machhiApocalypse NowrowjiDriving Miss DinshawDinshawshank Redemption and/or Maneckshawshank RedemptionThe Big LeBawaskiAdil To Pagal HaiWaiting for […]

Yazdani Bakery

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There are many Irani Bakeries in Mumbai, India. You must have heard of the Kayani Bakery, but have you heard of the Yazdani Bakery? Yazdani Bakery is an Irani cafe or Persian style bakery in Mumbai, India. The bakery was opened in 1953 by Meherwan Zend, an Irani baker. All products in the bakery are handmade, and baked in diesel ovens. The bakery draws […]

Chocolate or Coffee Almond Lassi

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Where there is chocolate, there is magic! ⠀ It’s International Chocolate day! Wrapped in deliciousness, holds childhood memories, stress buster, mood lifter and what not. Let ’s indulge in some chocolate lusciousness together. Chocolate or Coffee Almond Lassi Recipe Total Time: 2 mins melting chocolate + 3 minutes of grinding Serves: 3 people Ingredients 200 […]

Translation for Gujarati to English

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Folks, there are many words on this site that are Gujarati, Hindi, and other languages. You can translate to English very easily. Click HERE to get this Google Translator for Gujarati to English. If you want the entire site to be read in another language, there is a handy translator. Please scroll down to see […]

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

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Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet, Modaks are sweet flour dumplings stuffed with coconut, jaggery, nutmeg and saffron. This modak recipe is a steamed version, which is also known as ‘ukdiche modak’, however there is a wide variety of this Indian dessert which includes fried modak as well. A popular dessert from Maharashtra which is consumed highly […]

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

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Direct Link: https://youtu.be/VXZbzZBfMWY

Stainless Steel Round Indian Spice Box

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Stainless Steel Round Indian Spice Box with 7 Containers, Kitchen Masala Dabba, Spice Container – Silver Color, 7.3 Inch

Back to school

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It’s that time of year again! Wishing a safe and wonderful school year to students of all ages! Welcome to Parsi Cuisine. It’s always a great idea to involve kids in the kitchen. As a mom and an avid cook for my family, I initiated my daughter and son into baking cookies, cakes, making scrambled […]

When Bombay Duck Was Banned In England

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Bombay Duck

Vengna nu Bhartu (Baingan Bhartu) (Eggplant Bhurtu)

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Ingredients: 1lb Eggplant  (also known as Vengnu or Baingan in India) 2 chopped onions 2 tsp Ginger/garlic paste 1 finely chopped green chilli 2 tsp Cumin Jeera seeds 3 sprigs of green garlic (I grow it ) 1 green scallion chopped fine 1 tsp Salt or to taste 1 cup Yogurt and 2 tsp sugar […]

Khordad Saal Mubarak

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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 […]

Kedgeree

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I just made this awesome dish for my cookbook club and it was a hit! Learnt the indian plain khichri is a european fav! Kedgeree (or occasionally kitcherie, kitchari, kidgeree, kedgaree, kitchiri, or khichuri) is a dish consisting of cooked, flaked fish (traditionally smoked haddock), boiled rice, parsley, hard-boiled eggs, curry powder, butter or cream, and occasionally sultanas. According to “Larousse Gastronomique”, what we call kedgeree originated from a concoction of spiced lentils, rice, fried onions and ginger […]

Shrewsbury Biscuits

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Traditional Shrewsbury Biscuits This recipe is over a hundred years old! I followed the recipe as closely as I could, except for reducing the sugar content just a little. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/3 cup milk 2 tsp of lime juice […]

Happy New Year to all our Parsi Fans

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May the New Year bring Good Health, Happiness, Peace and Prosperity to Zarathushtis Globally. Wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous Parsi New Year!Best wishes,Rita ParsiCuisine.com Serving the Zarathushti Community for 20 Years.

Parsi Songs for festive occasions

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Sheermal or Shirmal

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Sheermal or Shirmal (Persian-Urdu: شیرمال, Hindi: शीरमल), is a saffron-flavored traditional flatbread from Greater Iran. The word sheermal is derived from the Persian words شیر (translit. sheer) meaning milk, and مالیدن (translit. malidan) meaning to rub. In a literal translation, sheermal means milk rubbed. After being introduced to North India by the Persianate Mughal emperors. It became a delicacy of Lucknow and Hyderabad. It is also part of the Awadhi cuisine and is enjoyed in Old […]

Millenials in Franchising: The Burger Boss

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FRANCHISING PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE PATH FOR ARMAAN DIVECHA, FRESH BURGER’S ONLY MILLENNIAL FRANCHISEE Before becoming the youngest Fresh Burger franchisee in the company’s history, Armaan Divecha was an unmotivated student, dragging his feet to his university classes. “I took some courses and considered a few majors, but school wasn’t really motivating me,” Divecha says. “I was feeling […]

Stum Food in the Muktads and Gatha days explained from Udvada

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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 […]

Dar ni Pori Bake a Thon

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Extracted from the FEZANA Journal –Fall 2013 by Aban Daboo On March 30th the Arbab Rustam Guiv Darbe Mehr head start, Nergish and ZAC President, Dinaz Weber start.(home of the awesome Zoroastrian Association of Chicago preparing the pastry the day before the Bake-a-thon. ZAC) was buzzing from morning till night with the community. By 10 […]

Understanding Parsi Food & Customs in the light of Zoroastrian religion

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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 […]

Some interesting tips for mothers – before and after pregnancy

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Household tips before and after pregnancy by Thrity Tantra A few tips – Pre and post Delivery of the baby……These tips are traditional from personal experience only. In case of any medical conditions, please consult your doctor without fail……Click Here to view and download A few recipes – Pre and post Delivery of the baby……(including […]

FEZANA – FIRES – Down Memory Lane Video

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Down Memory Lane was a specially curated exhibition on the occasion of the Inauguration of the Bhandara Atash Kadeh in Houston. The exhibition was curated by FIRES: FEZANA Information Research Education System

Which Spice are you?

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Zodiac Sign for Spices I’m linking this recipe to Fiesta Friday #286, co-hosted this week are Mollie @ Frugal Hausfrau and Laurena @ Life Diet Health.

Akuri – Traditional Parsi Akuri made the old fashioned way and with the old fashioned taste!

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My daughter Roshni says: After years of observing and searching and finally finding the right vessel in Ahmedabad, I have finally achieved Parsi akuri just like my grandmother’s! (yes, the pot/pan makes a difference). Akuri is basically scrambled eggs. Akuri is basically scrambled eggs. You can have it for breakfast. Serve it with Rotli or […]

Parsi Kid Gosht

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Ingredients 1.5 pounds chicken1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste 4 large Potatoes , peeled cubed ( large ) and fried 3-4 Kashmiri chilies or red dried chilies 1-2 1 inch stick Cinnamon 3-4 Cloves1 tsp Cumin seeds 4 Cardamom seeds ( Smash open the pods and get the seeds out) 1 large Onion chopped 1 cup heavy cream ( I used milk ) […]

Rice Flour Rotli

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Recipe tried and tested, translated from the Vividh Vani cookbook by Rita Kapadia Chokha ni Rotli * or Rice Flour Rotli * is an age old bread enjoyed in India by the parsi community. Yes, all rice (in its natural form) is gluten–free. This includes brown rice, white rice and wild rice. In this case, the “glutinous” term refers to the sticky […]

Delicious Chicken Puffs

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On this #NationalPieDay Pastry + Filling = pie. #PieDay here is a parsi favorite recipe in this Video to share, make and enjoy. I’m linking this recipe to Fiesta Friday #286, co-hosted this week are Mollie @ Frugal Hausfrau and Laurena @ Life Diet Health. Recipe Ingredients2 cups chicken breasts1 tsp black pepper1 onion2 green chillies1 tsp Garlic Powder1/4 cup ghee1 cup […]

Mango Murraba (Parsi Murambo) Recipe

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Celebrate  with this glorious Mango Murraba anyday. #mangoseasonison #ilovemangoes #mangoisthekingoffruits #mangolove #mango Ingredients 1 kg semi-ripe mangoes (any variety, but for best results and taste, either alphonso, or, even better still, the `bottle’ mango, `batli keri’. Best to use are small green, totally unripe mangoes. But then add more jaggery, according to taste.) White or […]

Coconut Mango Burfi – diamonds make the best display

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Coconut Mango Burfi Note: No artificial colors used. This post and recipe were created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always the opinions are 100% my own. Ingredients 1/2 kg aamras (mango puree) 1/2 cup sugar 250 gm desiccated coconut 1/2 cup milk powder 1/2 tsp cardamom powder 1/2 cup […]

YouTube Channel for Parsi Cuisine

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Rita’s Dar ni Pori

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This is a pastry filled with sweet lentils and dry fruits. To top it all there are cherries, which are so festive. I specially like the red auspicious color they add, my mother used to get these added along with green, yellow and red Tutti-Frutti! ( candied fruits ) Question: Did you know why the […]

Meatballs by any other name

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All cultures have meatballs. It is just not an Italian favorite! This such an universal food. Parsis have Kavab, Muslims have Kabab, Indians have Kabobs, Turks have Kebabs, and so on Let us know what your culture calls a meatball?

Kichri With Massour Dal

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by Davis Tanis YIELD 6 to 8 servings TIME 45 minutes, plus 1 hour’s soaking Kichri, a traditional Indian dish, is a delightful savory combination of dal and basmati rice cooked together. Lots of other cultures serve something similar: rice and pigeon peas throughout the Caribbean, or rice and brown lentils in many Middle Eastern […]

Salted Lassi with Coriander and Cumin

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Drink Indian Cumin Lassi without sugar. Great for Diabetics.  Salted Lassi is healthy and nutritious for your body. This drinks is like the indian chaas which is very good for the digestion. Enjoyed as a breakfast drink to cleanse the body of toxins. Ingredients: Plain Yogurt 1 cup Water 1 cup Coriander leaves 3 Cumin […]

Raabri or Kaanji Masala Mix

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This is an energy drink best taken at breakfast time. Increases your energy levels for the day and keep you vitality strong. Good for nursing mothers and pregnant mothers. Keep this Raabri/Kaanji masala prepared for winter and enjoy your cuppa once in a while or regularly! Research suggests that our brain and body thrive on […]

Saas

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Recipe Ingredients 2 lbs Cod or Prawns or Pomfret or Surmai slices5 Cloves of Garlic 1/2 tsp Jeeru 1/2 Onion 1 Ladle Oil Note: for a brown saas – I use Gram / Besan flour. See photo below. 5 tbsp Rice Flour (or white flour) 2 Glasses of Water 3 tsp sugar 2 tsp salt […]

Kayani Bakery urges customers not to buy its products online from FAKE sites.

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FAKE SITE – KAYANI bakery, PUNE has published in the newspapers that they do not sell their products online nor do they have any branches & that someone is either selling fake products or are selling unethically that is without their permission. They’ve also requested public not to buy online

Channa Dal Palak

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Quick and easy to make Channa Dal Palak. Subscribe and like my video, my channel, Happy Life.

The humble ‘mawa’ cake story

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The year 1981 saw the release of Manmohan Desai’s blockbuster Naseeb. While it is Amitabh Bachchan’s famous image of cage-fighting, Kim’s lip-reading talent and Hema Malini’s pink boa that make the film unforgettable for most, I will always associate the film with the beginning of a love affair with the mawa cake (click here for […]

Pickled Mango Bafenu

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Recipe #1 Ingredients 3 ripe mangoes whole ½ vinegar ½ cup jaggery, grated 1 tbsp garlic paste ½ tsp turmeric 1 tsp red chilli powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1-1/2 tsps mustard powder 1 tsp salt 2 tbsps. Oil Method Take 3 ripe mangoes, wash and put into pressure cooker with a little water.  When […]

Bahman Mahino Meal

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 Bahman mahino is the month (June) when some religious parsis do not eat meat. Fish is allowed for a wholesome diet with vegetables. Recipes: Dry Bhindi (Okra) ~ Vaghareli Khichri ~

Summer Frikadeller Meatballs

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Scandinavian Meatballs Welcome to long summer days, sharing food with friends and making the most of the season. This month we are visiting Scandinavia in our Local Town Cookbook Club. The Scandinavians excel at comfort family, friends, a good atmosphere, long meals, relaxation, and an emphasis on the simple pleasures. They even have a word […]

Kheemo with potato

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“Kheema” Kheema Recipe INGREDIENTS: 1 lb Mince meat. Lamb, Turkey, Chicken or Beef 2 large Onions, sliced 1 tsp Chili powder (optional) 1 tsp Ginger paste 1 tsp Garlic paste 1 tsp Cumin seed 1 tsp Salt 2 Tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 tsp Turmeric Ketchup, or Worcester sauce 4 green chilies, slit (optional) 1/2 […]

Bring in the rain! Parsi Custom of bringing in rains by an community effort of collecting Rice, Dal and Ghee to make Khichri

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You may have heard of the American Red Indian Dance for Rains, but have you heard of the Parsi Custom of bringing in rains by an community effort of collecting Rice, Dal and Ghee to make Khichri? In Navsari (a small town in the Gujarat State of India) often referred to as the “Dharam Ni […]

Podcast by Perzen Patel

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On this new episode Ep. 07: The Funny Parsis, Bawi Bride Perzen Patel talks to two famous television personalities, Cyrus Broacha and Kunal Vijaykar about their childhood memories around Parsi food. Together, they recall the Parsi food from popular food joints and neighbourhood gullies they grew up in. Cyrus, Kunal and Perzen also talk about […]

Fried Goat or Lamb Chops from the Cookbook Vividh Vani

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Fried Goat or Lamb Chops from the Cookbook Vividh Vani

Popatjee – sweet donuts

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Popatji Otherwise known as poffertjes, in Holland these baby pancake puffs are traditionally served with melted butter and sieved powdered sugar. Perfect for Sunday brunch, a lazy lunch or dessert. Recipe #1 INGREDIENTS 1 level tsp. instant yeast 1 tbsp. milk 1 cup buckwheat flour (100 g) 1 cup flour (100 g) 2 eggs 1 […]

Chicken Farcha like the Chap

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I have adapted this recipe from the way my mother used to make “Chap”. The onions ground in the masala in the chap were an taste unforgettable! Try it sometime. The Vividh Vani Cookbook has the Chap recipe. How do you make tasty Chicken Farcha ? Better than KFC and worth the effort? Let us know […]

Parsi Cuisine in Artesia at Woodlands

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Woodlands staff, including Jay (manager), Ram (chef) and Annu (owner) courtesy: Woodlands Restaurant in LA

Ambakalyo

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Ambakalyo is Parsi Original. We used to have it at a Gahanbar / Ghambar which is a feast given in honor of a beloved who has passed away. Held as a charity event, all the residents are invited free of charge in old towns like Ahmedabad, Navsari, Surat, Bharuch in India. Served with Vaal ni […]

Irani Rice Tahdig

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HOW TO PERFECT THE IMPERFECT ART OF IRANIAN RICE TAHDIG by Naz When I first moved out of my childhood home, only a week went by before I found myself craving my mother’s cooking. Specifically, I missed Persian rice with tahdig—the prized golden, crispy crust at the bottom of the rice pot. Rice is the crown jewel […]

Chicken Tikka Masala

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 6 comments

INGREDIENTS 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise 6 garlic cloves, finely grated 4 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger 4 teaspoons ground turmeric 2 teaspoons garam masala 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1½ cups whole-milk yogurt 1 tablespoon kosher salt 3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil 1 small onion, […]

Grilled Tandoori Chicken

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 3 comments

Grilled Tandoori Chicken Ingredients: 8 to 10 Kashmiri Red dry chillies 10 to 15 leaves of Phuduna(mint) Fresh Coriander leaves (dhanya) 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste 1 tbsp Soy sauce 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar 1 Lime 1 tea spoon salt 5 to 6 Cashews 1/2 tsp Garam masala 2 tbsp Yogurt 2 full green chillies […]

Sheek Kababs

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Recipe Ingredients 1 lb Turkey minced 2 eggs 4 Tbsp Cashew Nut powder for binder 1 tbsp Cumin powder 1 tbsp Chili powder 1 tbsp White pepper powder 5 tbsp Coriander fresh leaves finely chopped 1 tsp Garam masala 1 tbsp chopped green scallions (substitute onion powder if desired) 4 Tsp Vegetable Oil 2 tsp […]

Dudh Puli

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Contest Entry for Cuisinart 2019 Event * “Dudh” means milk in Bengali and “puli” is another name for pitha. Dudh puli can be described as rice flour dumpling with coconut filling. by Mitali Kumar Ingredients: 2 cups coarse semolina 3 cups water 2 cups fresh shredded coconut 1 cup date palm jaggery 2 tablespoon of sugar 3-4 green […]

Cooking with the Time & Talents Club Book

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by Meher Mirza The smell of dried Bombay duck infiltrates the air. Mum is making the Parsi dish Tarapori Patio, a ruddy pickle made from the quintessentially Bombay fish, the curiously-named Bombay duck, assertively spiced and humming with the tang of vinegar. An old cookbook lies next to her, the pages brittle, dog-eared, covered with […]

Bhakhra (Fried Cakes)

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Keri ni Khichri

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Aryuvedic Sweet Rice and Dal with Mango This Mango Khicri is delicious by itself and a known parsi favorite in the mango season. Of course cooked in USA any time – it is mango time anytime! INGREDIENTS 4 cups Rice 1 cup Tuvar Dal 1 1/2 cup sugar 4 Mangoes peeled and cubed (one per […]

A Bid to Maintain One of the World’s Oldest Culinary Traditions

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The New York Times on the famous Parsi Ripon Club For the ever dwindling Parsi community of western India, food is both pleasure and heritage — and a secret language in danger of dying out. TO TASTE DHANSAK at the Ripon Club in Mumbai — whose version of the slow-cooked, densely spiced lentil, vegetable and meat stew […]

Yogurt

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 9 comments

by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Homemade Yogurt / Indian Dahi is very good for indigestion, heart burn and good health. For example when you are taking antibiotics for a Virus or Flu, the good bacteria in your body are wiped out by the antibiotic. Yogurt culture replaces the good bacteria and your immunity increases. Ingredients 2 […]

Irani Choi or Chai ( Spice Masala Chai)

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 3 comments

Serves 6 Ingredients Spice ingredients for one pot of tea: 1/2 of a star anise star 10-12 whole cloves 7 whole allspice or 1/4 tsp ground allspice powder *See photo below 1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon bark (or 2 short sticks) 7 whole white peppercorns 1 cardamon pod opened to the seeds Other ingredients: 1 […]

Not Just Dhansak: A New Parsi Podcast

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 1 comment

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone tells you they are Parsi? Is it Dhansak? Well, no one would blame you!Over the past few decades this simple preparation of spices, lentils and vegetables cooked with meat has come to be a strong part of the Parsi identity. Dhansak is as […]

Wafers and Eggs

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Ingredients 1 cup wafers (I used Cape Cod Potato Chips) 3 tsp water 2 Eggs 2 tsp butter or Ghee Few slices of Red and Green Peppers (optional) Salt and Black pepper to taste Method In a non-stick pan put in the butter, water and wafers/chips. Heat to boil. Add the green and red peppers. […]

Tuna Cutlets

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by Vahbiz Daruwalla Ingredients 2 X 400 gm cans of tuna (in brine or oil)1 medium sized onion chopped very fine1/2 cup very finely chopped coriander2 tsps very finely chopped mint leaves2 green chillies chopped very fine 1 tsp garlic paste1 tsp ginger paste2 eggs1/2 tsp coriander powder1/2 tsp cumin powder1/4 tsp aamchur powder (raw mango […]

Fish Molle

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Vicky Subu Kota Fish Molle Contest Entry for Cuisinart 2019 Event Recipe This recipe is from the state of Kerala, India. Kerala’s cuisine or any regional cuisine evolves based on native ingredients. This dish represents the region’s abundant supply of fish and coconut. Serves 4 – 6• 1 ½ pounds fish fillet such as catfish […]

How to fry Levti (a very tiny freshwater fish found in Surat Gujarat India)

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Ingredients 500 grams Levti 3 tsp Chilli Garlic Paste (see essential masala of parsi cooking) 1 tsp salt Lemon juice or wedges of lemons Oil for frying Non stick pan or Iron Tava Method Wash the levti fish in several washes of water till clean. Marinate Levti in Chilli Garlic Paste (see essential of parsi cooking) […]

Eggs in crispy potato basket. (Topli na Eeda)

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Baked egg in crispy potato cups for an easy all-in-one breakfast! 🍳 These potato baskets (topli) are made from grated potato at home (chemical free). Bake and cool and then fill with any filling of your choice. I chose eggs here since I like the protein they provide. If you are a vegetarian you can […]

Mawa Kulfi / Ice Cream

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 2 comments

Mawa Kulfi / Ice Cream 2 litres full fat milk1 tin condensed milk1 cup sugar (as required- Sweetness)1/2 kg Mawa (khoya)1 cup finely chopped pistachio1/2 cup finely chopped almondsKesarElichi powderJaifal powder Method Boil the milk and add in sugar , kesar and nuts then reduce a little on slow flame and stirring it in short […]

Scrambled Eggs with wild garlic

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 4 comments

Wild Garlic is a favorite of mine. In India it is actually cultivated for consumption. It has the same health benefits that garlic has. Called as Garlic Chives (Garlic Organic) “Leelu Lasan” in India. Field Garlic Crow Garlic, or Onion Grass. Allium Vineale Popular nurseries sell these The flat, tender leaves have a flavor midway […]

WARLI STYLE MUTTON CURRY

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INGREDIENTS 1 kg mutton 6 green chillies 3 – 4 pods of garlic 1 – 2 inch ginger 3 – 4 onions (medium size) 4 – 5 teja mirch 5 – 6 tbsps of refined oil 3 tbsps of turmeric powder 1 tbsp of red chilli powder 3 – 4 cardamoms 1 tbsp of cumin […]

Chef Jehangir Mehta at Stony Brook University

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Chef Jehangir Mehta came to Stony Brook University to teach students and faculty alike on the topic of food waste and sustainability. Several lucky students got the chance to learn from Chef Mehta one on one in a special sustainability Teaching Kitchen and many more were able to enjoy his cuisine at our first ever […]

Celebrated Parsi chef Anahita N Dhondy is today the toast of Asia

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Chef Anahita N Dhondy was selected in the ‘Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2019’ list for her contribution towards food sustainability and for popularising the Parsi cuisine. Chef Anahita N Dhondy was at a vegetable market in Hyderabad picking up fresh veggies for her restaurant when the news reached her. She was selected in the […]

Here comes the gourmet granny

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‘Granny Sathe Jamwanu’ is a Parsi feast not to be missed. Recipes are linked complements of this ParsiCuisine.com site. Of the five ladies, 93-year-old Perin B Dittia is the eldest. She is dressed in a blue sari, her pearl necklace has blue stones to match her sari and a white-dotted blue hair-band keeps her silky […]

Polson Butter

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All those Biharis in a position to remember the smells and flavours of their breakfasts from the 1950s-60s, may jump at the mention of Polson butter. It may please them to know of a very intimate connection between Pestonji Edulji Dalal, the founder of Polson butter and Patna. The library at the National Dairy Development […]

Fried Puri, Roti, Rotli

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 9 comments

Puri is an indian fried flour bread. Eaten by itself it is delicious and satisfying. Any vegetable or meat dish goes well with these puris. If you do NOT fry the puri and just roast it on a non-stick pan or the Indian tava (Non-Stick Chapati Tawa/Roti Tawa/Paratha Tawa, Aluminium 2.6 MM with Free Wooden […]

The Parsi Trail: Top 7 Parsi Restaurants In Mumbai

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 6 comments

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 […]

Ginger Tea

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 1 comment

Ginger raises new hope in fight against ovarian cancer Polly CurtisThe Guardian, Tuesday 18 April 2006 Common ginger may be the next weapon in the battle against ovarian cancer, scientists have suggested. Laboratory studies have shown that powdered root ginger could be as effective as chemotherapy for treating ovarian cancer. When research-grade ginger – which […]

Salli Boti

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 1 comment

Sali Boti.  Yet another traditional Parsi Dish. Slow cooked mutton in gravy topped with crispy potato straws (sali). Best enjoyed with fresh homemade chappatis !! Congratulations to our member Shikha Sepai FOR MARINATION1 kg mutton 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste1 tablespoon green chilli, garlic and jeera paste1/2 cup yogurt   FOR COOKING4 tablespoons oil3 large onions chopped […]

Mumbai-based chef Mahrukh Mogrelia shares the recipe for Patrani Machhi

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That Parsi food is all about sweet and sour flavours is a completely wrong notion, says fifth generation Parsi chef Mahrukh Mogrelia. “Not all our food is sweet and sour. There are a lot of fresh herbs and homemade spices that go into Parsi cooking,” shares Mahrukh, a resident of Nana Chowk in South Mumbai, […]

Easy Suterfeni

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 3 comments

3 cups Kataifi – I used Apollo Brand Kataifi 2 tbsp Ghee/ clarified butter 1/2 cup Sugar 1/4 cup Water 1 tsp Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp Saffron Garnish of Almonds, Pistachios, Cashewnut Method Defrost the kataifi according to package instructions. I used Apollo brand and mine came with the instruction to keep it outside for […]

Wedding Pickle, Lagan nu Achar

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Wedding Pickle, Lagan nu Achar

Deviled Eggs

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 3 comments

Ingredients 4 hard-boiled eggs 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tsp mustard salt black pepper red paprika Method Peel the hard-boiled eggs and cut them lengthwise in half. In a small bowl, separate the cooked yolk and add all the ingredients, mash well to make a paste. Fill each half with the paste and sprinkle red paprika […]

Houston Atash Kadeh

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Photo: Ancient Parsi Food cooking utensils, pressure cooker and pickle jars. FIRE feeds the body and soul. The flames of the ancient FIRE were alive at the Houston Atash Kadeh on Avan Mahino and Adar Roj. May the Zoroastrian community find new roots and life in Texas, USA. Photo credit https://www.facebook.com/Parsiana The opening of of […]

Authentic Parsi fare

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The community’s population might be dwindling but Parsi cuisine is going places it’s never been to before. Sonal Ved offers a whiff and taste of authentic Parsi fare, rich with Persian influences Photo courtesy: Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu Last month, London’s Bombay-styled cafe Dishoom beat top restaurants such as Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Spanish tapas bar Barrafina […]

Sticky Semolina Cake

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 10 comments

  Feast: Food That Celebrates Life Recently I have joined a Cookbook Club. The idea is to cook a recipe from chosen cookbooks by the librarian. We then shared our dishes and discussed / reviewed the cookbook. I chose this cake since it was well written by the author and easy to make.  This Middle-Eastern inspired […]

Navroze Greetings

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Wishing all our supporters, subscribers and well wishers a very Prosperous, Peaceful, Navroze Mubarak!

Stories of Parsi Gahambars

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By Meher Mirza It’s a fight for a seat, and sometimes, a chicken leg, at the Parsi gahambar that celebrates an age-old tradition of praying and feasting. At 8 pm on March 21, stewards from legendary caterer Tanaz Godiwala’s team were on stand-by like soldiers awaiting a general’s order, even as a line of cooks […]

Lead in spices, herbal remedies, ceremonial powders is highly injurious, particularly for children

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By Dr. K.S. Parthasarathy INDIA New England The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that in North Carolina, 61 children of Asian descent (specifically, Indians, Pakistanis and Afghans) have elevated blood lead levels (BLLs). They used non-edible (kumkum, sindoor, surma) and edible(saffron, turmeric) items that had high lead levels. Some children ate […]

Age well. Boost your Brain Health by eating well. Tasty Spice of Life Mix

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 1 comment

Salt free, All Natural and non irradiated. Research suggests that our brain and body thrive on variety. The 19 nutrient-rich ingredients of this spice of life work together, offering many health protecting properties. Shake it every day on your Chicken, Turkey or Fish. I have this many times on baked salmon, roast chicken and it […]

Super Bowl Game Snack : Paneer Tikka

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Served as an appetizer Paneer Tikka is very healthy for kids and adults alike. Go Pats! Recipe featured on Cover of our Vegetarian Delights Cookbook. Purchase HERE. INGREDIENTS : 2 cups paneer cubes, about 1″ each 2 tsp garlic paste 2 tsp ginger paste 1 tsp chaat masala 2 tsp chilli powder tandoori masala 1 […]

Parsis gets their last name and first name with food

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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 […]

Almond Macroons

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 7 comments

Ingredients 1 cup fine powdered sugar2 cups roasted and ground Almonds or Hazelnuts3 eggs white1 tsp. vanilla essence1 ½ cup very lightly roasted slivered/flaked almonds1 tsp. Butter for greasing fingers2 tbsp. powdered sugar for sprinkling (optional) Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment or butter paper. In a glass […]

Recipe Contest Winner: Pav Bhaji

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 5 comments

Congratulations to our member Erik Treasuryvala for his Pav Bhaji Masala and Pav Bhaji recipes. Erik says – Pav Bhaji has its origins in the civil war of America in the 1860s. Read more here… Erik is a member of the Facebook Parsi Cuisine (PC) group and regularly shares his creations with us. I am […]

Udvada’s Sweet and Crispy Parsi Puri – Tal Papra Recipe

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 2 comments

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.. […]

Parsi Mithai Shop

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“Badam-ni-Boi & More” Order super-delicious Marzipan mithai for all your happy occasions — birthdays, anniversaries, new baby, navjotes, weddings,  …. Customized party favors available. Will ship to family and friends in USA and Canada. All items $7 Mini-boi party favors $1.50 each plus shipping cost. All orders are custom gift-wrapped in serving trays or in gift […]

Dhun Dar

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 12 comments

On New Year day, Birthday, Anniversary or a Festive occasion the parsi auspicious dish to make is Dhun Dar. “Dhun” a gujarati word means “wealth” and “Dar” is a translation of the indian lentil called “Dal” which come in various lentils of Toovar dal, Masoor dal, Channa dal, Urad dal and so on. The dal […]

The 3 Kings and Magi and the Zoroastrian Link

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 3 comments

The Magi are popularly referred to as wise men and kings. The word magi is the plural of Latin magus, borrowed from Greek μάγος magos,[10] as used in the original Greek text of the Gospel of Matthew (“μάγοι”). Greek magos itself is derived from Old Persian maguŝ from the Avestan magâunô, i.e., the religious caste […]

Food Fact: Green Pepper Bumps story is True or Fake ?

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Now, let’s party! Join Fiesta Friday #287 by adding your link. Don’t forget to link your post to FiestaFriday.net and the co-hosts’ blogs, so we can feature you. Your co-hosts this week areJhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Rita @ Parsi Cuisine

8 Popular Tea Bag Companies that Contain Illegal Amounts of Deadly Pesticides

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 3 comments

There’s nothing nicer than sipping on a warm cup of herbal tea on a cold midwinter’s day. But besides being tasty and warming, tea provides a host of different health benefits – that is, unless your tea is soaked in pesticides. CBC News recently conducted an investigation on the pesticide levels in some of the […]

Health benefits of Ganthoda powder and Vasanu

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 8 comments

Health benefits of Ganthoda powder and Vasanu

Bhakhra made in an “Ebelskiver” pan. The dutch call these Poffertjes

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 7 comments

I wandered around in the kitchen section of Costco almost unconsciously thinking I need better non-stick pans. My eyes rested on a wonderful box of Ebelskiver  pancake pan. Somehow I thought this pan could make excellent Indain Parsi Bhakras. I bought the pan. Rushed home and dug out the bhakhra recipe from my cookbook for #fiestafriday […]

Papri and Daran for Malido

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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 […]

Reprinting culinary heritage

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Reprint of Vividh Vani by ParsiCuisine.com

Kiku’s Kitchen

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by Kainaz Antia Kiku Engineer : passionate about food and fitness An array of dishes made by Kiku’s Kitchen in Chicago. “No two days of cooking are ever the same but I love the fervor and exhilaration of it all,” says Kiku Engineer (née Mistry), nicknamed “the Godiwala of Chicago.” Sorely disappointed when she realized that […]

Eat Fruit on an empty stomach for maximum health benefit

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Eating Fruit on Empty Stomach This will open your eyes ! Read to the end; and then, send it to others on your list as I just did to you! Dr Stephen Mak treats terminal ill cancer patients by an “un-orthodox” way and many patients recovered. Before he used solar energy to clear the illnesses […]

Gos-no-kharo Ras Chaval with Khatti Mithi Kachumbar

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 5 comments

Ingredients 1 kg tender Goat Mutton or Lamb – cut into medium pieces, washed & left to drain in colander 6 large onions – chopped very fine (cut like chhudna no kando) 4 tomatoes – again chopped very fine (tamota) 4 Potatoes – cut into 2 halves (papeta) 8-10 pods of garlic (lasan) 1.5″ piece […]

TripAdvisor

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Pickled Cranberry Apple Sauce Recipe

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 15 comments

Goes with any meal. Serve with Mashed Potatoes Roast Turkey Vegetables in different styles Stuffing or my famous Chicken Cutlets  for that extra punch! Recipe Ingredients: For the pickled cranberries: 1 cup  cranberries 1 cup white vinegar 1/2 cup salt Combine Cranberries, White Vinegar and salt in a glass bottle. Cover and pickle for a […]

Milk Pudding

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 12 comments

Milk Pudding Serves 4 Ingredients 6 cups milk 1/4 cup raw Rice 1 cup sugar Few pistachios, almonds and saffron strands for garnish 1 tsp cardamom powder Method 1. Process the raw rice in any food chopper till it is broken up in small bits. 2. Boil the rice, milk and sugar till creamy consistency. […]

Instant Pot: Dhansak (Lentils with meat) or Masala Dal (Lentils without meat)

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 6 comments

Instant Pot (IP) Recipe of the Parsi Dhansak  by Rita Kapadia (Also spelt as  Dhansaak, Dhanshak,  Dhunsak, Thansak) This dhansak was made in an instant pot which is a pressure cooker with souped up button controls. Gives you the flexibility of walking away and setting it on a timer. As you may already know dhansak […]

Dhansak takes off at Heathrow!

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 8 comments

Dhansak takes off at Heathrow! He’s the Bombay boy who’s cooked his way into British hearts with his innovative twists to authentic Indian cuisine. Cyrus Todiwala, who graduated from Mumbai’s BK Somani Polytechnic and trained as a chef with the Taj group, has for over a decade so excited the palates of even the curry […]

Instant Pot vs. Cuisinart

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 3 comments

Pressure cookers, probably more aptly called “fast cookers,” are vessels that allow you to seal in steam and raise the pressure around food to cook things incredibly quickly. Dry beans can be done in under an hour, rice in just a few minutes and so on. Today we’ll be looking at two different brands in […]

Chicken Liver Aleti Paleti

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Aleti Paleti | Parsi Bhonu with Chef Kayzad | Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana Aleti Paleti – a classic Parsi breakfast dish made by cooking lamb offals and potatoes in a tomato masala. Served with pav. ALETI PALETI Recipe 1 Ingredients 15 grams mutton kidney fat, chopped 1 tablespoon oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon […]

Instant Pot: Ayurvedic Detox with Khichri

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 10 comments

Khichri is a free-form dish, allowing for many variations. Although any type of lentil can be used like Mung, Tuver, or Masoor, the most common parsi version uses Tuver dal. White Basmati rice is used since it is easy to digest but brown rice can also be used for more fiber and minerals in your […]

Parsi Mitthu Dahi

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by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Home-made Sweet Yogurt is a traditional parsi dish for Birthday, Navjote, Wedding, Jashan and other auspicious occasions. Mitthu Dahi is served cold with Sev, Ravo or just by itself. Dahi is very good for indigestion, heart burn and good health. For example when you are taking antibiotics for a Virus or […]

Bombay Duck (Boomla) Cutlets

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 1 comment

Taja Boomla Cutlets from Vividh Vani. Only change in the recipe is that I’ve barely used any oil while frying. TAJA BOOMLA CUTLETS by Kainaaz R. Patell 6 big boomlas or 12 medium sized 2 cups Kothmir Cilantro washed and chopped fine 3 Big green chillies 1 tsp Ground pepper 4 eggs Bread crumbs or […]

Chicken Dhansak recipe from the famous Vividh Vani cookbook

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 3 comments

Myth busted about some folks saying chicken dhansak is not traditional. Chicken Dhansak is one of the OLDEST dishes ! The Vividh Vani cookbook from circa 1800 AD has this recipe! NOTE this recipe has CHICKEN or MUTTON used. See the words circled below, they say “Marghi” which means “chicken”   [amazon_link asins=’1496124529,B072BTMNDG’ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’1447-5689-3485′ […]

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

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 9 comments

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

Dahi Aanthelu Kaju Gos (Curds Marinated Smoked Tender Lamb in Cashew Cream)

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~ Dahi Aanthelu Kaju Gos ~ (Curds Marinated Smoked Tender Lamb in Cashew Cream) by  Rohinton Batlivala ▪️1 kg tender baby goat mutton (shoulder portion). Clean n cut into large chunky pieces – ‘meat-on-bone’. Wash in 3 running waters with a sea salt rub before the last rinse. Keep aside in boiyu (colander) to drain […]

Understanding the Parsi love for Eggs

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Parsi Stories and Recipes by Rita Kapadia (Boston’s Cookbook Author) and Kainaz Contractor (New Delhi’s Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu) featured in an egg-cellent article by Henna Achhpal  of  LivingFoodsz.com Eggs stories and beliefs from Rita Kapadia and Kainaz Contractor. You’re not in a real Parsi home if you don’t find trays of eggs stacked over each […]

Sandhra

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Parsi Sandhra – An ancient delicacy. Sandhra are fluffy white pancake like delicacy. They are made from rice flour that is kept to rise. You got to make them to know the taste of bygone days!

Bombay Bakery’s Coffee Cake

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Looking for Bombay Bakery Coffee Cake Recipe? Why wait for a trip to Hyderabad when you can replicate the famous cake’s recipe at home? Nostalgia is a beautiful thing — it comes with editing, and our brain selectively remembers only the very wonderful. One memory I cherish is the legendary coffee cake from the famed […]

Rita’s Malido

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 11 comments

  Ingredients 8  Cups Whole wheat flour 550 Gram Evaporated dry milk powder (or 250 grams of mavo aka khoya) 1 kg 350 g castor sugar 1 Cup  Milk approx 7 Eggs  beaten 1 Cup  Pistachio 1 Cup  Blanched almonds  slivered 1/2 Cup  Sultanas (Raisins) 2 tsp powdered cardamoms and nutmeg Rosewater to taste 1 […]

Lamb / Goat Trotters with Black Eyed Peas -Chora ma Khariya

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 2 comments

by Farhad B Billimoria. Hope you and your readers enjoy. It has been in my family for over a hundred years with slight variations but has been enjoyed thoroughly over the decades. My mother passed away about 3 yrs ago but her culinary tradition continues. It is on the spicier side but very tasty. Best […]

Pori

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From Behram Palamkote The best dar ni pori in Bombay one would get is from a parsi lady called Sheramai who is 89 years old and that is my mom. Once you taste it you will not like any other pori that’s a guarantee!  I can give you all her secret recipe which she does […]

Muktad, Malido and Memories

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Shehenshahi 10 days of Muktad Gatha starts next week on Thursday August 6th 2020, Roj Aastaad Maah Asfandaard YZ 1389 with 5 Vahishtoisht Gahambaar and Gatha days starting from August 11th Tuesday followed by our Navroze on August 16th Sunday. Food cooked for Muktad prayers is kept on a table set aside with the Afargan. […]

How to make Dhansak masala at home

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Dhansak Masala Powder Ingredients: 1 Kg. Coriander seeds (Dhanya seeds) 200 grms Cumin (Jeera Seeds) 100 grms Black Pepper (Kali Mirchi) 100 grms Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds) (Omit if you are allergic to fenugreek) 100 grms Black Mustard seeds (Rai) 300 grms Red Chilies 200 grms Haldi (Turmeric powder) 50 grms Tej Patta (Tamal Patta) […]

Parsi Chowk Designs

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Parsi Chowk Designs are adapted from the land of India, where the parsi (persians) settled over 700 years back. The hindi indian word is “Rangoli”. Maharashtra, Kerala and Gujaratis  have unique designs. The Parsi designs are mostly floral. Fish shapes and fire patterns are popular. The designs and motifs are auspicious and bring good luck, […]

How to make Kumas – Kumas is an ancient cake from 18th century

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We made a video to kick off  our “Parsi Cuisine Heritage Video Presentations”. This video is of making the Parsi Kumas Cake, which is very forgotten but tasty parsi cake. Our YouTube Channel is http://www.YouTube.com/TheParsiCuisine Recipe Link: http://www.parsicuisine.com/kumas-cake/

Kabab Pastry

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Make the Shami Kababs (recipe). Unroll Puff Pastry sheets and cut into round circles. Put one kabab between 2 rounds of the puff pastry and press with a fork to seal. Bake in 400 degrees oven for 25 minutes or till golden brown.

Shami Kababs

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Shami Kababs: Ingredients 2 pounds lamb mince 2 pounds chicken mince 1/4 cup khus khus, 8 cloves 1 large stick of cinnamon crushed 5-6 green elaichi pods seeded 2 tablespoons of whole black pepper 4-5 whole red chilies 7-8 cloves of garlic 1 two inch piece of ginger 1/4 cup of chick peas (daria) 3 […]

Holi Restaurant in Bedford, MA

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Recently, We had a celebrations party at the function room in the restaurant. The buffet food was awesome, tasty and in abundant variety. From Pani puri, samosas, bhajia, fresh dosa, chicken, goat curry to biryani they had over 25 dishes to eat. Dessert was Jalebi and Fruit with Masala Chai. We give a 5 star […]

Baingan (Eggplant) Bharta with Curd (Yogurt)

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Ingredients 2 medium Brinjals (Eggplant) 1 onion 150 gms curd (yogurt) 2-3 chillies 100 gms peanuts Sprinkle of coriander Salt to taste Method 1) Roast brinjal over fire. 2) Make paste 3) In a pot add the brinjal paste, crushed peanuts, curds, chillies, cut onion, coriander and salt. 4) Mix it together and serve.

Kaanda Keri ma gos

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Delicious Mutton with small onions called “Doongri” in India. In summer (June – July), they are sold in the indian market. In fact there is a town called “Doongri” that I visited with my parents. These photos were sent from Surat, India. Thanks Hoshang Gandhi. Mangoes, Small whole Onions and Vinegar with Meat make a […]

Gor Papri

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 3 comments

by Farida J. Major My darling Parsis, This is my adored mother’s gor papri recipe.  After ages and ages I decided to make it again.  If you are retired and have an abundance of patience, go ahead and make it cos delicious as it is, it took a cool three hours to make. What’s more […]

Father’s Day: A Foreword by my Father

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My father believed in me. Pappa encouraged me to write. When I was growing up he took me to bookstores, shopped for novels, comics and anything my heart desired to read. He passed on some of his good literature to me. When I wanted to write a cookbook, he was very proud. Here is a […]

Known to lower A1C and blood sugar levels.

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by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Known as Bottle Gourd in USA. Doodhi is a vegetable also known as Lauki, Lavki in India.  Buy one that has soft skin and if you dig your nail into it, it should leave a mark and feel soft. Doodhi is very good for diabetes. Drinking it as a juice has been […]

Chicken Cutlets Parsi Style

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So many people wanted me to make chicken cutlets and mail them within USA. However meats can spoil easily, we do not want to take the risk. Here ia a VIDEO ON HOW TO MAKE THE CHICKEN CUTLETS. We hope you can make your own! :)) Recipe by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Makes 18 approx based […]

Doodhi ni Barfi

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Doodhi ni Barfi Ingredients: 800 gm Doodhi 400 gm sugar 200 gm mawa Pinch of cardamom 0ne drop of edible green color 5 tsp chopped pistachios and almonds Method:  Boil the doodhi for 1 minute Put the doodhi in a non-stick pot and then put 400 gm sugar. Keep cooking for 15-20 minutes. Then put the mava […]

Recipe of an Indian soft cheese made at home with Rennet. Topli na Panir

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by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Topli or Tokri means Basket in Indian Gujarati. Recipe of an Indian soft cheese made at home with Rennet. (Topli na Paneer) Many easy ways to make them and enjoy! Topli na Panir (2 recipes with rennet)  By Rita Jamshed Kapadia Recipe #1 (with rennet) Makes 4 – 5 Ingredients 4 […]

Omelette

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Make a mix of: 4 eggs beaten 1 tsp Ginger and Garlic Paste 1/2 tsp Turmeric 1/2 Red Chilly Powder In a non-stick pan heat 3 tsp of canola oil and pour in the mixture. Cover. Cook on very slow heat till done. Serve immediately.

6 Things That Will Happen To Your Body If You Start Eating Eggs

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Eating eggs is a fantastic way to give you a health boost. According to WebMD, each egg only contains 75 calories and is packed with 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 1.6 grams of saturated fat. Not to mention it contains iron and other essential vitamins and minerals. If you’re not eating […]

Varadhvara

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Did you know Bhakra are similar to  Varadhvara? Varadhvara are made fresh and served at Weddings to the guests. Read about the wedding ceremonies. Recipe from Rita’s cookbook “Parsi Cuisine: Manna of the 21st Century” 750 grams fine wheat flour 350 grams semolina (Ravo) 400 grams castor sugar 500 grams pure ghee 1 ½ tsp. […]

Chutney and Salmon with a new twist

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Ingredients 6 – 8 Salmon Fillets 2 tsp Red Chilli powder 2 tsp turmeric 1 tsp Salt Olive Oil as needed Baking Dish Prepared Creamy Coconut Chutney Method – Assemble the Baked Salmon Dish: Spread Olive oil in a baking dish. Mix turmeric, red pepper and salt over 4 salmon fillets. Spread a thick layer of […]

Mawa Cake With Pistachios, Rose and Saffron Cream

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  By Aban Kekobad This is my version of the Mawa cake and I am sure you will find many versions online. It is a rich dense cake bursting with flavour -so it’s just-once in a while indulgence!   Ingredients for the cake 3 and a half cups of white flour 6 eggs *Mawa (sweet) 1 cup 1/2 cup […]

Home made Ghee or Clarified Butter

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Home made Ghee or Clarified Butter

Mango Kulfi

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By Sheri Jeddy https://www.facebook.com/sheri.jeddy #Dessert # Mango Kulfi I believe if you are going to have a guilty indulgence go all the way. But have small portions. No Egg or Flour, I know there are short cuts but this is a labor of love as my husband loves. 2 liters half and half 2 liters. […]

Lemon Grass: Leeli Chai/Lemon Grass Health benefits

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Lemon Grass” or “leeli-chai” and has healthy properties. You can find it in chinese markets in water containers. Here is an article on the benefits of Lemon Grass, you may find interesting. This is Indian Lemon Grass called Leeli Chai in India:   Lemon grass is a perennial, aromatic tall grass with a light lemon scent used […]

Fried Pomfret (from cookbook)

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Fried Promfret Serves – 4 Preparation time – 10 minutes; Marination time – 45 minutesIngredients: Silver pomfrets – 1/2 kg, cleaned and drained well, make small slant cuts over the skin (you may want to use any other fish of your choice that is available) Turmeric powder – 1/8 teaspoon Red chilli powder – 3 […]

Tomato Gravy for Cutlets

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by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Ingredients 1 Cup or 8 oz tomato puree (puree tomatoes) Canola oil for frying 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp Garlic powder 1/2 tsp flour (optional I like to omit this) Salt to taste 1 tsp Sugar to taste (brown, raw or white) 1 […]

Russian Pattice

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Russian Pattice by Anahita Ghista (makes around 60 balls ) 8-10 medium Chicken thighs (with skin and bone) 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste 1 1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper Salt to taste 3/4 cup of milk 2 big spoonfuls of flour 1 big spoondul of ghee 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar 5-6 Green chillies finely chopped, […]

Parsi Dahitra

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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. […]

Wedding Menu

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On the auspicious occasion of Weddings (Lagan) we Parsis make a special Lunch! Beginning with Sagan ni Sev (Click for recipe), and Dahi (for all things auspicious begin on a sweet note and so does the Union, Plain lentil preparation in Pure Ghee (clarified butter) called Dhaan Daar or Mori Daar (Click for recipe) and […]

Health Benefits of Dry or Fresh Boomla, Bombil

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  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 […]

Mutton Pulao

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Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time:30 minutes Yield: Serves 6 Ingredients: 3 lbs Chicken, Lamb, Goat meat or Mutton 1 teaspoon ginger paste 1 teaspoon garlic paste 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (cayenne pepper) 1 teaspoon dhana-jeera powder (coriander-cumin) 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup milk 2 generous pinches of saffron 1/3 cup raisins 1/4 […]

Parsi Vasanu

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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 with fresh dry fruits – Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Dates and several other natural healthy ingredients like Musli, Kamar Kakri, Char jat nu Magaj, Ginger, Wheat – ghau nu […]

White Pomfret, Silver Pomfret, Pompano, Palmburo Fish – whats the difference?

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 2 comments

I have tasted the White Pomfret in India, great flavor and the taste of the ocean within. Wonderful in Curry or Fried with indian masala. Very difficult to find in USA. Silver Pomfret is found in USA Asian Stores. It is a good substitute for the above White Pomfret. Black Pomfret (Halva) is to be […]

VIDEO: The Carlisle Gleason Public Library Presentation

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Sitaphal Pudding aka “Sugar Apple” or “Custard Apple” Pudding

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Detox Juice

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Serves 2 Ingredients: • 1 cup (chopped) spinach leaves (without stems) • 1 cup chilled fresh orange juice • 1 cup cubed mango • ¼ cup (chopped) fresh mint • 2 medium ribs celery (finely chopped) • ¼ cup (chopped) flat-leaf parsley Method: Combine all ingredients in a blender. Keep blending it, until it is […]

The Carlisle Gleason Public Library Presentation and Feature Story

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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 […]

LEVTA (Mudfish) WITH KHICHDI

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by Jenifer Petigara Mistry Growing up in Surat and that too the old part of the city, at 10-12 years of age Makar-Sankranti was a day full of loud music blaring from the rooftops, “Kaipo Chhe” or “Kaipoch” or”aye peli peeli gayi ” or “Laali ni pi” sounds. In the narrow streets, there would be […]

Rita’s Secret Cashew Lamb Curry revealed!

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Rita’s Secret “Kaju Mutton ” Cashew Lamb Curry revealed ! Lamb can be substituted with Mutton. Kaju is a Indian word for Cashew. (Cashews can be substituted with Almonds) Ingredients 4 lbs boneless Lamb Marinate lamb 10 tsp. Ginger Garlic paste 3 tsp Salt 1 tsp turmeric powder Fry in hot oil 2 medium onions grated […]

Mumbai Chicken Puffs

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Click here to see Video  Mumbai Chicken Puffs Recipe Ingredients 2 cups chicken breasts 1 tsp black pepper 1 onion 2 green chillies 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1/4 cup ghee 1 cup maida 2 cups milk or as needed for sauce 2 tbsp Mayo 1 Cup parmesan cheese grated Salt and pepper to taste 1 […]

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Seven recipes to celebrate Parsi New Year 2017

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Satisfy your Parsi Food cravings. We hope you will cook delicious, mouth-watering food with the recipes, cookbooks and videos provided on this site. Get $5 off our books for the coming Parsi New Year Celebrations.  Apply Discount Code “AFDX5BD5” * Sale ends August 31, 2017 Click on image to go to the Amazon Create Space shopping cart. Next, add […]

Food made for the holy days of Muktad

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Shehenshahi 10 days of Muktad Gatha starts next week on Thursday August 6th 2020, Roj Aastaad Maah Asfandaard YZ 1389 with 5 Vahishtoisht Gahambaar and Gatha days starting from August 11th Tuesday followed by our Navroze on August 16th Sunday. Food cooked for Muktad prayers is kept on a table set aside with the Afargan. […]

Quickie Date & Coconut Sweet with Coconut Oil

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Servings: 10 Preparation Time: 10 minutes Ingredients 2 cups nuts 20 pitted dates 3/4 cup dried, unsweetened coconut 2-3 teaspoons coconut oil * Method Place your nuts in a food processor and run it until you get a pretty fine texture. It’ll take about a minute. Add your dates, coconut, and 2 teaspoons of the […]

Cucumber Pickle made fresh from Summer Cucumbers

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Made fresh from Summer Cucumbers, which are a plenty here in USA 🙂 With 5 large ones and the heat of the summer, I knew these cukes would go bad soon. After 5 minutes of wondering what to do with the whole batch, I thought of making a pickle/pani nu achar with the cucumbers. Guess […]

Seekh Kebab

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Ingredients 1 lb Turkey or Chicken minced 2 Eggs 1 tbsp. Cumin (Jeera) powder 1 tsp Red chili powder 1 tsp White pepper powder Salt to taste Vegetable oil 4 tsp 4 tbsp. Cashew nuts(pounded) 5 tbsp Gram flour (besan) 2 tbsp. Ginger, Garlic each (finely chopped) 4 tsp Onions(chopped) 5 tbsp. Green coriander(chopped) 1 […]

Yogurt Shrikand in Red White and Blue

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  Yogurt is hung to make it thick. Garnish with fresh blueberries, sliced almonds and serve shrikand immediately. Makes: 2 Servings of Shrikand. Ingredients 2 Cups Plain Yogurt 1 Pod Cardamom 4 Tbsps Sliced Blanched Almonds (optional) Fresh Blueberry Fruit (optional) Sugar to Taste A drop of red and blue food color (edible color) Method Crush […]

Mango Halwa

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Falooda Ice-cream Mawa Cake

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Layered Falooda Ice Cream Cake (cardamom flavored cake layered with falooda ice cream) by  ‎Kshama Parikh‎ is an artist and a blooger. Kshama’s blog is KesarLilly.com  Kshama also blogs in the Facebook group Foodaholics in Ahmedabad #Parsi #Cuisine The word Parsi means Persian and it is evident that Parsi cuisine is influenced by their Persian roots as […]

The Secret History of Shiraz Wine

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By Anahita Shams Is there a Zoroastrian connection? Music, poetry and wine-drinking at the court of 17th Century Persian ruler Shah Abbas Until the Islamic revolution, Iran had a tradition of wine-making which stretched back centuries. It centred on the ancient city of Shiraz – but is there a connection between the place and the […]

Sweet Symphony of Strawberries, Roses and Custard

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Roses are my favorite flower, Strawberries my favorite Fruit and Custard favorite dessert, so here’s putting all 3 together for a sweet symphony! Ingredients 3 cups Milk 1/2 cup Sugar 2 Eggs 15 Strawberries 1 tsp Rose Essence Method Boil Milk and sugar down for 20 minutes. Cool and add essence. Beat the eggs into […]

Parsi Dairy Farm: Mumbai’s Gold Standard in Milk & Milk-Based Products

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I was at a modern food superstore in Bandra, Mumbai’s swish suburb, the other day. I walked past rows of imported gourmet cheeses, pastas and meats when I suddenly spotted a group of blue coloured packs which looked as if they were cheerfully waving at me. A closer inspection showed that they were packs of […]

Anthony Bourdain Doesn’t Like Any Indian Restaurant in Manhattan

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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 […]

Ravo

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Ingredients:       1 liter of pasteurized cold milk.       4 tbsp of Ravo (semolina or suji)       4 tbsp (equal quantity ratio to ravo) of sugar       4 oz of Ghee (or 1/2 stick of unsalted butter)       1 Egg       1/2 cup […]

An ancient and original treat – Gor Papri

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Kudos to Villy Divecha‎ who made it recently! Recipe by Shirin Byramji  Gor Papri was made by parsi grandmothers who had a sweet tooth. It is a good treat for nursing mothers to have while breast feeding their baby since ginger powder encourages milk production in the mother and the sugar gives energy. It is a forgotten […]

Famous Parsi Fish with Green Chutney, Patra ni Machhi

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A very popular recipe of the Parsi Cuisine. Patra ni Machhi   Recipe Ingredients 4 banana leaves 1 kg fish Juice of 1 lemon 3/4 tsp salt Chutney: 1 grated coconut 6 green chillies 50 gm coriander leaves with stems 1 tbsp mint leaves 1 tsp ground cumin seeds 1 tsp sugar Salt to taste […]

Papeta par Eeda

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Papeta par eeda aka Potatoes and Eggs is a easy dish to make anytime. Have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it is fully satisfying and yummy. A Egg Fritata is similar and made in a pan just like this parsi favorite. Enjoy with fresh Rotli or toasted bread. Kheemo, Chicken Liver / Kaleji / […]

Restaurant: Curry Paradise Indian Cafe – West Sacramento

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If you happen to travel to Sacramento California and ask any one where one finds a good restaurant serving Parsi food, they will tell you not to miss the restaurant operated by Dinyar Noshir Anklesaria. by Aspi Ustad – Vancouver, Canada He is a name synonymous with Parsi Food in Northern California. People who know […]

Celebrating Navroze 2018

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Celebrating Zoroastrian Festivals and Traditions Authored by Mrs Rita Jamshed Kapadia Book explains Zoroastrian Ceremonies of Parsi Weddings, Navjotes, Agarni, Pug Ladoo Ceremony, Death and Birth Ceremonies These ceremonies of joy and sad days are celebrated with Indian Parsi Foods. (Recipes: Inspired by old traditional parsi cookbooks like the “Vividh Vani”, Kapadia has come up […]

Masala Chai ( Spiced Tea)

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A cup of tea shared with another person is known to create a new karma each time. So next time you have a cup of tea with someone, have good thoughts, and share good words.   Health value: Antioxidant Removes Headaches, Muscle aches, soothes and relaxes. Ingredients: 2 cups water 4 tea bags, black tea […]

Translated into Simple English

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Parsis have unique pronunciation of ordinary Gujarati words so we have provided an English translation for many Spices, Vegetables and other processes. Parsi Gujarati, Hindi and other Indian terms. English Achar Pickle Adoo Ginger Ajmo  It’s “ajwain”, carom seeds, or bishop’s weed. “Ajmo” is a Gujarati word for this plant. The scientific (or Latin) name is […]

Mava ni Boi – the easy way

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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 […]

Shrimp Patio

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 4 comments

              Ingredients 3 Onions finely chopped2 lbs Prawns or Shrimp3 Green chilles finely chopped2 tsp Garlic finely minced1 bunch Kotmir ( coriander leaves)1 tsp Haldi ( tumeric) powder1 tsp red chilli powder1 tsp Cumin seeds1 tsp dhanya powder2 inch piece of Jaggery5 Tomatoes finely chopped1 tsp Salt Method1. Marinate the […]

FEZANA Journal Joys of Retiring in North America.

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    by Rita Jamshed Kapadia FEZANA Journal, Winter Issue 2016 So many pleasures await you – there is a certain joy to retiring in North America. One of them is of course the joy of eating good food with activities that keep the body and spirit well-nourished for example Travel, Gardening and Exercise. Good […]

 Three Kings Cake

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Traditionally made on Epiphany Day – January 6.  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 […]

Vasanu

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by Rita Jamshed Kapadia It is to be made exactly as follows: 1 1/2 kg ghee 1/2 kg char jaatna magaz 50 g baval nu goonder (resin of the baval tree) 2 1/4 kg sugar 500 g ghau nu doodh 500 g cummar kakri 400 g dates 100 g akhrot (walnut) soak overnight in hot water, […]

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

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Bhonu Prakash: Zoroastrians & Food in Historical Perspective – Daniel Sheffield. Dan Sheffield is a professor at Princeton University, New Jersey, US Dan’s website: www.dansheffield.com 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 […]

Head over to TAJ Lands End for fine dining

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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 […]

Parsi Vasanu for the winter season

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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 […]

Drink Coffee! It won’t give your heart extra beats

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By Scott Maier on January 26, 2016 NEW YORK– You have another reason to drink that cup of coffee. Researchers including an Indian-origin medical student now report that regular caffeine consumption does not lead to extra heartbeats, which may lead – in rare cases – to heart- or stroke-elated morbidity and mortality. The study, led […]

Vegetarian Dhansak Recipe Instant Pot

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Important for Vegetarians – Omitting the meat from this recipe, will make this Dal a Vegetarian Dhansak Dal. Click here to see Video for Parsi Dhansak for the good times with full Dhansak recipe. Also known as parsi masala dal. Note: You will need a pressure cooker also known as Instant Pot. Ingredients 1 cup […]

Chicken Mahivalla / Chicken in Cream

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A Parsi Baked Dish Chicken Mahivalla / Chicken in Cream INGREDIENTS 200 grms almonds, blanch, slice and fried 200 grms raisins 750 grms onions, slice fine, fry golden brown 12 green chilies, finely chopped 225 grms double cream or malai 1 large bunch coriander leaves, cleaned and chopped 12 eggs 1 whole chicken 1 onion, […]

The Batasa Story – Jamshed & Cyrus Dotivala

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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 […]

Restaurant: SodaBottleOpenerWala

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Twenty-six-year-old chef-manager Anahita Dhondy is working to popularize Parsi cuisine through a rapidly expanding chain of restaurants – SodaBottleOpenerWala. In “Soda’s ‘chilled out’ boss,” August 7 issue, she reveals that she is off in October to Gujarat to “all the small cities which are populated with Parsis to do some research, get some old recipes […]

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 […]

Madavsaro

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Madavsaro The Madavsaro ceremony is done four days before the wedding. The families of the bride and the groom each plant a young tree in a pot, amidst recitation of prayers by the family priest and place this at the entrance of their individual homes. This is generally a mango plant and is treated as […]

Bharuchi Akuri

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Bharuchi Akuri

How to make Crispy Onion Rings

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Ingredients 3 Onions cut into rings 1 cup besan (channa/chickpea) flour 1 cup breadcrumbs (any old bread pulverized or store bought) 1 tsp salt for sprinkling later Oil for frying Method Press onion rings into breadcrumbs. These make the rings crisp! Wet besan (chickpea) flour by adding a little water, add onion rings Heat oil […]

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 […]

Ava Ardivisur Parab and enjoying the Dal ni Pori

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Today is “Ava roj (day) and Ava mahinoh (month)” in the Parsi community of India. Dar ni Poris (Sweet lentil and dry fruit pastries) are sent and eaten. The devout parsis go to the sea or any form of water to pray and pay respect to the water that nourishes the body, while enjoying the […]

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 […]

Navroze Mubarak

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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. […]

80 Biryanis around the world

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Best Biriyani Around the world and its Origin Biryani was originated in Iran (Persia) and it was brought to South Asia by Iranian travelers and merchants. Local variants of this dish are popular not only in South Asia but also in Arabia and within various South Asian communities in Western countries. The spices and condiments […]

Pistachio Kulfi

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Pistachio Kulfi Serves 6 to 8.  Make ahead – Kulfi stays in freezer for a long time. Ingredients:    16 oz. whipping cream 1 can (14 oz.) evaporated milk 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk 2 tbs. pistachio pieces 1/2 tsp. pistachio flavoring 2 drops of green coloring (optional)           Method:         Blend all ingredients a […]

Kaju Mutton Video

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Essentials of a parsi kitchen

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Ginger Garlic Paste 1 cup of peeled and washed ginger, garlic and green chillies. (Equal amount ratio) 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cumin seeds Grind to a paste Store in glass jar for use in refrigerator

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 […]

Coconut Milk

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Hindi Name: Nariyal ka doodh Coconut milk is obtained from grated coconut kernel. It is a very popular ingredient in South East Asian cuisine. The rich taste of coconut milk is due to the high oil content. It can be consumed raw or used as a substitute to milk in the preparation of various dishes. […]

Coconut

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Hindi Name: Nariyal Almost all parts of the coconut palm are useful. Fruit of the coconut palm can be eaten or used in preparation of sweet, chips and savory dishes. Oil and milk derived from this fruit that are widely used in cooking. Water found enclosed inside the coconut shell is considered one of the […]

Green Chillies

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Hindi Name: Hari Mirch A spice without which Indian cuisine would be incomplete, the most common variety of chilli used apart from red is the green. These are used with or without the stalks, whole or chopped, with seeds or deseeded. They are used fresh, dried, powdered, pickled or in sauces. Though not used in […]

Red Chilli

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Hindi Name: Lal Mirch Dried red pepper may be used whole or powdered. India is the largest producer of red chillies. As the name suggests it is red in color and can be consumed as it is or can be broken down and made into a powder. It is really spicy and the intense heat […]

Jaggery, Gur, Mollasses

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Jaggery, Gur, Mollasses Hindi Name: Gur Unrefined sugar, found in solid or powdered form, used in desserts as a substitute for sugar. Its color varies from golden brown to dark brown. It is used in both sweet and savory dishes across India. It keeps your body warm and is great to ward off common cold […]

Lagan nu Custard

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Chef Niru Gupta It’s the Parsi version of the Creme Brulee and is essentially a bake of milk, eggs and cardamom. ‘Lagan-Nu-Custard’ is a Parsi dessert prepared during weddings. The name itself means ‘wedding custard’. Made with simple everyday ingredients like milk, eggs, butter and nuts. Ingredients 5 cups (1 kg) full cream milk 1/4 […]

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 […]

Dhansak Masala (Spices for Dhansak)

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by Niru Gupta Dhansak masala might seem tedious at first glance but is totally worth the effort! It’s a popular dish of the Parsi Zoroastrian community and combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Ingredients 250 gm sabut dhania 125 gm jeera 125 gm sabut lal mirch 10 gm shahi jeera 10 gm mustard seeds […]

Healthy Patrani Machchi

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  A healthy Patra-Ni-Machchi recipe, only with some mustard oil to give flavor. Pomfret wrapped in a tangy marinade and steamed in a banana leaf. Ingredients 1 fresh pomfret (medium sized)Banana leaves For Marinade: 4 Tbsp curd 1/2 Tbsp turmeric Some chopped garlic 1 1/2 Tbsp mustard oil Chilli flakes 1/2 Tbsp salt Half lemon, […]

Patrani Ni Machi

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Patrani machi is a Parsi steamed fish preparation. Fish coated in a coconut chutney mixture, wrapped in banana leaf and steamed. Ingredients 4 banana leaves 1 kg fish Juice of 1 lemon 3/4 tsp salt Chutney: 1 grated coconut 6 green chillies 50 gm coriander leaves with stems 1 tbsp mint leaves 1 tsp ground […]

Sali Marghi

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by Darius M Dorabjee Recipe Servings : 4 Recipe Cook Time : 50 Minutes Ingredients 3 Tbsp oil 1 cup onions, chopped 1 Tbsp ginger, chopped 2 tsp garlic paste 1 1/2 cup tomato puree 1/2 Tbsp red chilli powder (For color) 1/4 Tbsp turmeric 1 green chilli, chopped 1/2 Tbsp garam masala 7 -8 chicken […]

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, […]

Parsi Kheemo

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Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: 2 lb mince, mutton or beef 2 large onions, sliced tsp chili powder 1 tsp ginger paste 1 tsp garlic paste 1 tsp cumin seed 1 tsp salt 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 tsp turmeric ketchup, Worcester sauce 4 green chilies, slit 1/2 bunch coriander 3 raw mangoes, in season optional […]

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 […]

Veggie Frankie

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Ingredients For The Roties: 1/2 cup plain flour (maida) 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta) 1 tsp oil salt to taste For the stuffing:1 cup noodles 2 boiled potatoes (mashed) 2 Onions (cut into half circle shape) 1 tomato (chopped) 1 capsicum (chopped) chilly powder schezwan sauce soya sauce ( 1 tbl spoon) […]

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 […]

Easy Creamy Coconut Delight or Parsi Kopra Pak

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  Ingredients: 1 cup coconut, grated. (frozen grated coconut) 1 1/2 cup Sugar 3 tablespoon Cream 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and cardamom powder Few drops red colouring 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/2 teaspoon butter 1/2 cup pistachio nuts optional Method 1. Grease a tray with butter. 2. In a pan add grated coconut and […]

Rituals and Food

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Food plays a important and necessary role in our daily lives. Each ceremony we perform has an associated food involved. Guests who come to share good times and bad times, auspicious and joyous occasions have to be cordially entertained and food is the most important. Guests should be made to feel welcome and a well […]

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 […]

Creamy Coconut Chutney

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This chutney may be used on Patra ni Maachi, Salmon Baked Fish, Sandwiches, Potato Pattice and as a condiment. Ingredients: 4 tbsp desiccated coconut 1 cup cream of coconut 2 small bunches Coriander 4 green Chilies 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp Salt I lime, juice of 2 tsp cumin seeds 4 cloves Garlic roasted 1/4 […]

Our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Media Sites

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Hello Members, Just wanted to send you our newly designed handy media card. Please feel free to spread the word, add posts and pictures, like our page, share articles, talk about current events and news, and of course, meet new people! Facebook: Facebook.com/ParsiCuisine Twitter: Twitter.com/parsicuisine YouTube: YouTube.com/TheParsiCuisine Web: ParsiCuisine.com Thanks, The ParsiCuisine.com Team

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, […]

Crunchy Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

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These are awesome. Simply baked with olive oil, salt and black pepper they come out crunchy.   Very good and healthy for all ages.   Ingredients 1 Can of Garbanzo, Chickpeas 2 Tbs of Olive oil Salt to taste Black Pepper to taste    Method 1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees 2) Rinse the […]

Jardalu ma Marghi

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INGREDIENTS 1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and finely julienned Kosher salt, to taste 2 tbsp. canola oil, plus more 2 cups dried apricots 2 cups unsweetened apple juice 6 chiles de árbol, stemmed 4 cloves garlic, peeled 1 (2″) piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 2 lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs ½ tsp. cumin seeds […]

Brain Masala Fry

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BRAIN MASALA FRY By Jenifer Petigara Mistry Brain used to be a delicacy while I was growing up, to be cooked only on occasions. I was the official raw food taster which meant I would taste the balance of spices and seasoning before the kebabs or cutlets were cooked. Some may go ewwww … But honestly […]

How to make potato matchsticks (sali) from scratch

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The Indian Parsi community calls “Potato Matchsticks” –  “Potato Sali”.  Sali is a Gujarati word meaning “straw” or “sticks”. Enjoyed best when fresh with salt and pepper. Bon Appetite! Step 1: Peel and wash Potatoes Step 2: Shred potatoes into thin strings (I used my old Oster)   Step 3: Salt Shredded Potatoes  Step 4: In a electric fryer or […]

Vividh Vani Recipe: Toad in a hole

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Toad in a hole trsnlated from the Vividh Vani Cookbook

Mava Kalakand Halvo (from cookbook)

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Ingredients: Whole milk 3.5 ltr Sugar as per your taste Green cardamom powder Pistachio for garnishing Method: Put a heavy bottom pan on medium heat and put 2 ltr milk . Cook it till it become thick consistency like Rabdi. Meanwhile heat the leftover milk and make chena by adding vinegar/lemon. Strain it in a […]

Sabudana Kichdi (from cookbook)

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Cooking time : 20 mins Serves :2 Ingredients Sabudana/ sago 1 cup Potato 1 Green chilli 3 Lemon 1/2 Peanuts 3 tblsp Ghee 1 tblsp To Temper Ghee 1 tsp Jeera 1 tsp Mustard (optional) 3/4 tsp Curry leaves 1 sprig Method Wash sago well and soak it overnight with water just enough to immerse […]

Ladoo for Besnu Ceremony

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Besnu ceremony is performed when a baby is able to sit (approximately at 7 months of age). The child is seated on a “Patla” (little stool)and ladoos are placed around him/her. Some folks touch one ladoo to the babies feet and feed a little of it to the baby. “Tili” is put on the forehead and garland […]

Charoli Nuts

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What is Charoli? Hindi: चारोली; also called chironji, Hindi: चिरौन्जी) Marathi: चारोळी; Charoli are seeds of Buchanania lanzan and used as a cooking nuts primarily in India. Recipe: Lagan nu Custard

Saffron

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Before using in cooking, soak the saffron strands in a teaspoon of warm water or milk. Crush tenderly to release the flavor from the strands. Use very little, 5 strands are enough for 1 cup of rice. Too much saffron makes the food (pulao) very pungent. How to grow Saffron: Saffron is harvested from a […]

Sabudana Khichadi (Sago Rice)

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Sabudana Khichadi Sabudana khichadi is an Indian dish made from soaked Sabudana (Sago). It is usually prepared in western parts of India especially in Gujarat & Maharashtra. In the major towns of Maharashtra like Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, it is available as street food and is widely enjoyed by everyone throughout the year. It is […]

Bitter Gourd, Bitter Melon, Karela Juice

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Karela or Bitter Gourd, Bitter Melon has many health benefits. The main being regulate the blood sugar and hence it is very good for diabetics. Karela Juice Recipe Ingredients – Makes 1 small glass 1 Karela Big salt to taste lime/lemon juice as per taste Few slices of cucumber for garnish Method Wash the Karela. […]

Cookbook: Parsi Food and Customs by Bhicoo Maneckshaw

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Paperback  Kindle A treasure-house of recipes and customs that define the Parsi way of life Celebrations, rituals and food inevitably go together. And so it is with the Parsis. From Navroz, the dawn of the Parsi New Year, to Navjote, the initiation ceremony of a young child, lagan or marriage, jashans and ghambhars, there […]

Parsi Industrial co-op society in Ahmedabad

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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 […]

Health benefits of Cardamon

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You can use the whole pods (remove them before serving the dish) or powder the seeds. The famous Indian masala chai gets it’s flavor from green cardamom and ginger. 10 Health Benefits of Cardamom, Backed by Science Cardamom is a spice with an intense, slightly sweet flavor that some people compare to mint. It originated […]

Fish Curry

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A quick and easy fish curry. Ingredients 1 lb salmon fillets (I used salmon fillets but any fish like cod, haddock or shrimps can be used.) 3 tsp marchu lasan (Green Chillies and garlic minced together) 3 tsp Besan / Chick pea flour Dry curry spice powder: 1 tsp each of turmeric, red chilli or […]

Sona Masoori White Rice

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Recently, I went for shopping to my favorite store – Costco. I saw a 20 lb huge bag of Sona Masoori White Rice. and I have never used this, I usually use Basmati Rice which Costco sells as well. I bought it because I like experimenting! Here is the cooked rice with the inset of […]

The Saffron Elaichi Gulab Jamun

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Saffron Elaichi Gulab Jamun  by Rita Jamshed Kapadia The Gulab Jamun is one of the most popular indian sweet, served at restaurants in the states.”Gulab” means “Rose” and “Jamun” means a “Drop”. Translated these are literally “Drops of Rose”. In this recipe the flavor is real kesar (saffron) *and elaichi (cardamom) * so I call these “Drops […]