What is a “Tipri” ? – It is an old measure used by cooks to measure Rice, Wheat and other whole grains, flour and sugar. The old bombay kitchens kept it as a standard measure.
Using an old cigarette tin, (sans the 50 cigarettes) it was called “Tipri” for measuring Rice, Wheat and other whole grains, flour and sugar. One Tipri is approx 8 ozs or 1 cup of our modern measuring cup.
This tipri measure is utilized in many recipes in the ancient Vividh Vani. (Volume 1 & 2): Re-printed in Gujarati Language. Volume 1 & 2. by Meherbai Jamshedji Nusserwanji Wadia Paperback are available for purchase it on Amazon.
Oh yes Parsis liked smoking! Even though it is considered akin to defiling the Atash (fire) by keeping the lit cigarette in your mouth, sucking on it and adding spit on the Atash/Fire. The Parsi community worships all nature’s elements, one of which is “Fire” and this act of smoking cigarettes is against the religion.
Rita Jamshed Kapadia
Cookbooks are available on Amazon. Rita has published the MEGA "Manna of the 21st Century Parsi Cuisine cookbook" and several other mini cookbooks.