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

I was in Gujarat last week and the record temperatures (once in 100 years) of 50 C (122 F) are scorching hot.

People have been hospitalized due to the heat wave. There are no rains as yet.

You may have heard of the American Red Indian Dance for Rains.

Or the song in Gujarati song for welcoming rains after a hot summer:

“Aavre Aav Varsad,

Dhebaryo Parsaad,

Uunni uunni rotli,

ne karela nu shaak! “

Translation:

“Come oh come rain,

Manna water from the heaven,

Enjoy with us, our warm rotli,

and karela vegetables “

 

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 Tekdi”  Parsis has many of the traditional customs and practices that have over time been forgotten in other cities and town. The Ghee Khichri ritual on Bahman Mahino and Bahman Roj is one of them. Boys go from house to house, asking for rice, dal, oil, ghee and other uncooked products. The ladies pour generous portions in the collection bags. The boys are also splashed with water, which the boys have to dodge carefully.

Later this uncooked food is gathered at one location and is cooked into a collective feast.The whole endeavor is to ask the rain gods to come and bestow Mother Earth with water, after the long summer months in India.

A folk song is heard from moholla to moholla in Navsari:

GHEEE KHICHRI NO PAISO
DORIYAA NO RUPIYO
VARSAADJI TOH AAYEGA
DUMRI SHER LAAYEGA
DUMRI TAARI OAT MAA KHARA PAANINET MAA
OTTI KE POTTI
REL AAVI MOTTI
ALLAA GOCAL PAANI MOKAL
VARSAADJI NU PAANI TOH MITTHU NE MITTHU

Bring in the rain with the Parsi Custom of collecting Rice, Dal and Ghee to make Khichri.

Click here for a simple Khichri Recipe

Click here for Vaghareli Khichri Recipe

 

See a NEWS Video in Gujarati by Doordarshan.

 50 degree Celsius = 122 degree Fahrenheit

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Rita Jamshed Kapadia has the recipe blog established 1999, www.ParsiCuisine.com, now with 250,000 followers and over 302,000 hits from all over the world. Rita has authored “Parsi Cuisine The Manna of the 21st Century” and ten individual series cookbooks with matched digital e-cookbooks; She was recently invited to Gleason Library and the Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA to demonstrate and talk about Parsi Food. Rita's Parsi Cuisine Cookbooks are a labor of love. The cookbooks began in an effort to maintain and preserve our recipes and traditions for the next generation, many of whom have been raised in USA, UK, Australia, France, Germany,Canada and other countries outside of India. The author Rita Jamshed Kapadia resides in USA. Rita learnt from her Mother Parin and Mother-in-Law Jaloo the favorites and staples of a parsi home. Inspired by old traditional parsi cookbooks like the "Vividh Vani", Rita has come up with homemade recipes. You can follow her on www.ParsiCuisine.com, on Twitter @ParsiCuisine and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ParsiCuisine.

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