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.

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

E-Cookbooks from ParsiCuisine.com

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

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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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 […]

Cookbooks

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Printed Paperbacks Please click on image to purchase: Click here for ECookbooks

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 […]

Gulshan Ewing: When life gave Amma lemons, she grew lemon trees

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Article by Meenakshi Shedde | Mid-Day The Shedde family has a special relationship with Mrs Ewing, that started at the raddiwalla. We lived in a modest chawl in Santa Cruz during my childhood, and moved to a three-bedroom apartment when I was in primary school. Gulshan Ewing, former editor of Eve’s Weekly and Star & Style, […]

Homemade Toddy

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Homemade Toddy

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 […]

Earth Day Cookies

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Happy Earth Day

Pistachio Soup

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Presenting Chef Behzad Jamshidi making delicious Persian food. Pistachio Soup with rose, orange and fresh vegetables. Yummy!

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 […]

Mawa Coconut Rawa cake

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Sweetner – Brown Sugar. Ingredients 250 grams Mawa 1 cup yogurt/Dahi 100 grams Rawa/Sooji/Semolina 100 grams desicated coconut 6 eggs 250 grams Amul Butter 250 grams brown sugar 1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon nutmeg powder 1 teaspoon vanilla essence. Method Blend Mawa and Yogurt in a mixer so that the Mawa is free […]

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

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Batasa a favorite biscuit snack.

Brun Pao and Maska

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by Dilnawaz Rustomji Ingredients 6 cups flour 3 cups lukewarm water 1 packet dry yeast 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar Butter for greasing bowl and baking sheet. Method Dissolve yeast in the water. Mix rest of the ingredients with the yeast. Knead dough into a ball until it does not stick on your […]

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

Bawaji nu Bread Pudding

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A very creative and new Bread Pudding by Shenaz Khushroo Panthaky. This recipe has taken bread pudding up a notch!. A feel good moment during these lighter times….. How to make: Ten slices of stale referigerated sandwich bread of two days (with corners cut out) to be grinded well to generate its powder. Prepare a […]

Easter Buns(Sugar free ) and Maska (Butter)

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INGREDIENTSEaster Buns (see recipe below)2 tbsp maska1 tbsp fruit jam (optional) INSTRUCTIONS Slice the buns and spread the maska on both sides.Heat a non-stick pan and place for a minute to make it warm.Turn off the stove.Spread Maska (see recipe) mixture inside on both sides.Serve these buns with hot parsi / irani chai / tea. […]

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 […]

Today’s Humor – Cake of the times

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Cake of the Year

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 […]

Breaking News – Chef Floyd Cardoz passes away with Corona Virus

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Chef Floyd Cardoz passes away with Corona Virus

After Blockbuster Success in Mumbai, Floyd Cardoz Returns to Indian Cooking in New York

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By Michael Snyder Editor’s note: See Floyd’s Indian Spiced Tomato Egg Casserole with Parsi flavors Even without a New York restaurant of his own right now, Floyd Cardoz remains one of the city’s most recognizable, celebrated chefs. It’s been half a decade since he closed Tabla, the highly decorated modern-Indian restaurant he ran with Danny […]

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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Kadha

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Kadha Drink for a sore throat

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 […]

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 […]

Do You…..

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Do you….. Do you want a cookbook but don’t know where to start? Already have a cookbook and want to take it up a notch? Want to cook you own garden vegetables and fruit? Want to save money on your grocery bill by cooking at home? Want a speaker on cooking topics for your club, […]

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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Cookbooks by Rita Jamshed Kapadia Available to purchase on https://www.amazon.com/shop/parsicuisine

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 […]

Maska Netflix Film

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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. […]

Sirpa nu koylu mastak

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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 […]

Happy Valentines Day

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

Frothed Coffee

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Coffee & Milk frothed

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

The last Parsi cook 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 […]

CUISINART

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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 […]

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 […]

PARSI CUISINE: Parsi Cuisine Ebook on Kindle

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PARSI CUISINE: Meat Parsi Cuisine This cookbook has 34 Meat (non-veg) Recipes with instructions. Cookbook is fully indexed for recipes and with Table of Contents. Recipes Doodhi ma Gosht Jardaloo ma Gosht French Beans ma Gosht Khariya / Goat Trotters Chicken Mahivalla / Chicken in Cream Khari Murghi – Salty Chicken Sali ma Marghi or […]

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 […]

Happy Republic Day to all in India

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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, […]

To your good health as always

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‎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 […]

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 / […]

Christmas Stollen – A German tradition for the holidays

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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

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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 […]

Sohan Halwa

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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 […]

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) […]

Reflections on Food and Faith

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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 […]

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 […]

Order from Rita a signed cookbook (USA only)

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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 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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