The sweet smell of flowers, the beautiful aroma of sandalwood and “loban”, the well laid out tables with “karasiyaas” and vases and the soothing chant of the ancient prayers recited by our Dastoorji – these are all wonderful memories of the “Muktad” days, that my husband Jamshed remembers growing up in Ahmedabad.
Food cooked for Muktad prayers is kept on a table set aside with the Afargan. Items like Malido, Daran, Papri for chasni are prepared. After the prayers are done the food is partaken of with clean hands.
Photo Credit: Muktad table at the Zoroastrian Society of BC, Canada Darbe Mehr
Muktads start on August 7, 2018. The first Gatha day is Ahunavaiti, August 12th, 2018.
Note that the vases have labels bearing the names of the souls being remembered.
Today, I am married and live with my husband and children in the US. Living far away from our families, missing their warmth and our traditional Parsi holidays, we try to create a similar Parsi culture in our American home and inculcate the importance of Muktad and Gatha days into our children.
Back home, my in-laws and our kids while visiting India, went to the Agiary in the Muktad days and on the Parsi New Year Day. We were taught from an early age to pray during these pious days for our dear departed relatives.
For us, Muktad is a very special time to remember our loved ones, who have departed, cherish the ideals they pursued, emulate them in all the good they did and pray for their souls. Over time the pain of loosing them gives way to the joyful memories and we celebrate their lives.
These are Original Recipes of the Parsi way of cooking in India. You will find a unique blend of spices, that makes the food very appetizing, nutritious and wholesome. Vegetables, Meats and Dairy products are the foundation. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cardamon, Rosewater etc, flavor the food and remind us of the sweetness of life. Curry Powder, Ginger, Garlic, etc add the zest! Happy Cooking and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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Parsi Cuisine Cookbooks by Mrs. Rita Jamshed Kapadia
1. Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century
2. Parsi Indian Kitchen
3. Vividh Vani (re-print in Gujarati)
4. Pickles, Chutney, Masala and Preserves
5. Meats, Seafoods, Desserts, Dhansak, Vegetarian Delights
6. Treasured Grandmother's Recipes: Zoroastrian Parsi Celebrations and Ceremonies