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11 January, 2015

Guide to Measures

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Old weights converted to 21st century measures.

TIPRI is 1 Cup approx.

RATAL is 500 grams

In 1956, For metric conversion, Government of India defined the Seer as follows:

  • One Seer = 0.93310 kilogram exact
    The UN (1966) set One Seer = 2.057 pounds on average. This is approximately 2 pounds and One ounce
  • 1 Maund = 40 Seer = 100 Troy Pounds Exact
  • 1 Seer = 80 Tola
  • 1 Tola = 11.66375 gram

Click here for handy conversion tool.


Cake Molds and antique tools used in the kitchen by Parsi Cooks  Circa 1867

Old Tools





















Source: Vividh Vani by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia has been a classic reference book for thousands of Parsi ladies over one hundred years. (Click here download 2 volumes in gujarati language. Please be patient as the volumes are large)

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 done on wood stoves and without fancy gadgets, no running water and no refrigeration, Vividh Vani offers us an in-depth look at the hard life of the traditional Parsi lady of those times.




9 thoughts on : Guide to Measures

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  • January 13, 2015 at 8:33 am

    You got it right Peri! These measure words bring back memories of my mamaiji and even my mother-in-law when they would tell us how to cook well and how they ate a particular saas that they enjoyed. Mona ma taste aave tevo saas hato( the taste of the saas lingers in your mouth, it was so good…)

  • January 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Khurseed, glad to know it is useful. I found it was very difficult to know what a ratal is even though I asked so many kf my relatives and friends. So I did a little digging around and figured putting it out will help others too. I like to read our old parsi recipes and learn how to apply the techniques and cooking process. I dont have Ghar ni Rani book, Lucky you!

  • January 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    This is a perfectly handy chart, Rita, sure glad to have it around:) these measure-words always remind me of my grandmom in the kitchen…

  • January 12, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Thank You for the apt information. Very useful when we refer old recipe books like “Ghar ni Rani “.

  • January 11, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Ketty, I have the Vividh Vani downloads on this site. See the tab “Resources” and scroll down. or click on this link – http://parsicuisine.com/downloads/

  • Ketty
    January 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for this valuable information.
    Does anyone have Vividh Vani , old parsi recipes cookbook PART ONE? BY MEHERBAI JAMSHETHJI WADIA

  • January 11, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you Yasmin. appreciate it – please do let your friends know about this site.

  • Yasmin
    January 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I love this web site and the recipes you post daily.


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