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
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.
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Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia. Re-print paperback and digital free download.
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Chef Floyd Cardoz passes away with Corona Virus
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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 […]
Red hot mutton cooked to perfection amid sizzling hot spices, crowned with beautiful golden potato shreds. (Sali) 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 tsp roasted coriander […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
The upcoming Netflix original, directed by Neeraj Udhwani, is due to be released this March. Maska = Butter. A bun-maska heritage snack with hot tea was immortalized by Zarthoshti-Irani cafes. Brun Pao is the bread ! Starring Shirley Setia as Persis & Prit Kamani as Rumi who as Rumi shows Persis, a photographer, around Mumbai. […]
Hilarious Parody (Names are purely fictitious) Coomi Kaajwali came to Meherbai’s house to exchange a soiled 500 Rupee note saying, “Meherbai, mari jaaon tamara par thi, please change this meli-gheli note for a nice new crispy one. You see, our entire family of ten members has to attend a lagan this evening and I don’t […]
Lemon Shortbread Cookies Cooking on Valentine’s Day can be a gift from the heart
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 […]
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 […]
Want to make a Special Valentine’s Day Treat? But the weather is bad and cold outside? Pull out your Sev Vermicelli package to make a sweet vermicelli dessert. I served the dessert in a heart shape dish to add the special valentine touch! I got the dish from HERE – huge selection. Parsi Sev is […]
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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 […]
I am honored to be a Judge for CUISINART. CUISINART is another novel concept event from Calcutta Club USA, building on the exciting foundation of CUISINART for the past three years, the live Indian culinary contest. Fusing food, music and art, Cuisinart will host a fine South Asian style cooking competition among non-professional chefs followed […]
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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.
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. […]
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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 […]
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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, […]
Darius Umrigar For Tennis elbow, knee pain, bone injury, twisted ankles, wrist issues, muscle inflammations or inflammation due to injury Kindly do as follows: Purchase these ingredients: 100 gms pure organic Turmeric powder. 50 gms allum,( phitkari or fatakri) 25gms sea salt thats used in cooking and not the iodised salt please. Take 100 gms of […]
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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 […]
K. Rustom Ice Cream Menu for your ready reference.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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) […]
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 […]
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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 […]
#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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 / […]
Sweet cakes and breads studded with candied fruits and nuts are hallmarks of Christmas baking in many areas of the world. Examples include fruitcake which is traditional throughout the English speaking nations, panettone in Italy, keks in Poland, julekake in Norway, bolo-rei in Portugal and birnenbrot in Switzerland. But perhaps none are revered as highly […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
The Sohan Halwo is known as a jaw breaker. Be careful when biting into it, it is rock solid. But thats what it makes it last for 3 months. We used to buy this Sohan Halwa (mithai) from Ahmedabad to take for relatives living abroad. Why? Because this Sohan Halwa would keep for months and […]
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In the beginning … From the very beginning of the world, food and Faith have been interwoven by the creative and loving hand of God, making food the meeting point between this world and the heavenly kingdom. Not only did God intentionally create us in such a way that food was required to sustain natural […]
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 […]
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 […]
MEGA cookbook with over 181 recipes. See list below. Written for today’s generation of cooks and food enthusiasts, the cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” by Rita Jamshed Kapadia provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine. With over […]
Fenugreek is known to lower blood sugar levels. In fact everytime I make this dish, I feel better the next day!
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 […]
The Upanishads say, “Gomaye Vasate Lakshmi”, meaning the Goddess Lakshmi lives in the cow dung.
The epic Mahabharata says, “Of all the 84 lakh (8.4 million) species of living entities, only the cow is such an entity whose dung is not impure, but rather it purifies every kind of impurity.”
According to the Text, Shridharmapaddathi,” Every day early in the morning, the woman of the house should smear cow dung throughout the home, once she has done so, she will meet with no difficulties at all”.
“In the early morning, the threshold of the house is not to be left blank. The Goddess, the Deity of all resides at the threshold. The woman must smear cow dung at the threshold and make auspicious powder designs over it and mark with an auspicious sign of swastika. A woman who follows these rituals will have three things: wealth, long life and good reputation”
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 […]
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 […]
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.
While Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for family, Friendsgiving gives us an opportunity to be thankful for friends.
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 […]
#Bhakras are a sweet and doughy tea time snack for Parsis. Sneak into the snack cupboard and you are sure to find a steel dubbah with them stacked in there somewhere!While walking through Udvada you will be sure to find Bhakras on sale during the IUU 2019 but we have a treat for you today! A […]
“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. […]
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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 […]
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 […]
Dhansak is a popular Parsi dish, originating among the community centuries back. This is served with caramelized brown rice, which is rice cooked in caramel water to give it a typical taste and color. The dal cooked with mutton and vegetables served with brown rice, altogether is called dhansak. In Parsi homes, dhansak is traditionally made on […]
@Parsis are predominantly in Mumbai and the west coast of India, #DelhiGate is home to a #Parsidharmsala which has the @Parsi #firetemple in its precincts and displays the culture and flavor of the @Parsicommunity. The misunderstanding that #Parsifood is generally #nonvegetarian is dispelled when @Charlesthomson helps himself to sumptuous vegetarian #Parsithali and an unusual #Parsichai […]
Malai Khaaja Method 1 (with puff pastry) Ingredients 1 small cream 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 I prefer only cardamon/elaichi) Puff Pastry […]
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 […]
Nan Khatai These soft cookies are similar to the European dutch shortbread cookies. I flavored them with Rose and Cardamon. Very easy and fun to make. Makes 12 Ingredients 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup confectioners sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter (salted is fine but omit the pinch of salt) 1/2 tsp. double-acting baking […]
Friends be it Parsi, Gujarati or Maharashtrian these delicacies from Parsi Dairy are distinctly superior. Make it at home the easy way – Recipe HERE Bombay Ice Halwa / Mahim Halwa or Ice Halwa Another Mumbai delicacy best available at Dayaram Damodar and Parsi Dairy. It’s available in two colours white and yellow and I […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Rita Jamshed Kapadia (Author) Mastering Parsi Cuisine Paperback ASIN: 107334603X ISBN-13: 978-1073346035 This cookbook has 143 Recipes. Cookbook is fully indexed for recipes and with Table of Contents. English Glossary of ingredients for easy reference. Mrs. Rita Jamshed Kapadia has authored “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” and others, with matched digital ebooks. Rita teaches […]
Meet Sumac, the Superfood Spice That’ll Help You Fight Inflammation—and Bland Food—for Good The ancient herb sumac—made from ruby-colored berries that are ground into a beautiful, coarse powder that bursts with color and flavor—has been underappreciated in American cooking (if you immediately thought of poison ivy, you’re wrong!) for centuries. We’re here to fix that. […]
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 […]