Holy Days of Muktad

Malido is a speciality of ours. Made from pure ingredients with flour, eggs, nutmeg, cardamon and garnished with fried or roasted almonds and raisins. Cherries can be added if desired.


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.

Food cooked for Muktad prayers is kept on a table set aside with the Afargan.

Video and Recipe by Rita Jamshed Kapadia.

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


2 oz chopped / slivered almonds

1 oz raisins

1 tbsp Ghee or Oil


1 – 2 tsp vanilla essence (to taste)

2 tbsp rosewater (optional, I like to use either vanilla OR Rose)

1 tsp ground cardamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

pinch of rock salt


In a large non-stick vessel, heat the oil and butter over low heat

Add the semolina and saute for 10 minutes until golden brown.

Add Bisquick and continue sauteing for 3 more minutes.

Caramel – in a small pot, heat 2 tbsp of the sugar and melt into a golden brown syrup. Take care not to burn the sugar. Next lower the heat and add the rest of the water. Bring to a boil and shut off the heat. The syrup should be “1 string” consistency.

Add the syrup, vanilla essence, cardamon, nutmeg, rock salt to the semolina and Bisquick. Be careful because there will be a froth rising and can boil over! This is why you need a large pot. Cover quickly and let it cook for 30 seconds.

Garnish: In a separate pan, heat the ghee/oil and fry the raisins on low heat till plump. Add the chopped/slivered almonds and fry for 5 seconds. Cool.

Spread garnish over the malido and serve warm.

This malido will keep well in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. 

Papri / Daran recipe for Malido adapted from the Vividh Vani cookbook.

Papri and Daran for Malido

This recipe was adapted from the cookbook: “An Adventure in Exotic Parsi Indian Cooking by Nergis Karanjia and Nergis Unwalla (click on link to purchase)

Featuring my published cookbooks. “Manna of the 21st Century Parsi Cuisine” and other affordable paperbacks and ebooks. If you need assistance, please contact me Rita@ParsiCuisine.com to purchase. Available on Amazon. Thanks – Rita Jamshed Kapadia

Darayus Kavarana

 Sep 9, 2019, 3:14 am

What is bisquick supposed to be? What is the equivalent of the same in Mumbai, India?



 Sep 9, 2019, 11:12 am

Hi Darayus,

Bisquick is a nutritious pancake mix used for making pancakes for children and adults. My kids grew up eating pancakes and still do. It is basically enriched flour.

It is found in India too. Look in grocery stores like Star Market, Reliance, etc. Of course Amazon.in will have it too.

Ingredients in Betty Crocker Brand – Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Dextrose, Salt.
Folic Acid‎: ‎10%
Vitamin C‎: ‎0%
Vitamin A‎: ‎0%
Iron‎: ‎6%

Boxed batter mixes like Bisquick can be a godsend. You just rehydrate the Bisquick with milk and eggs, and you’re (literally) cooking. While any pancake or waffle recipe will tell you the minimum ingredients needed for a batter—flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, an egg—Bisquick’s ingredient list contains a few more unpronounceables. So what’s really in Bisquick? Turns out, there’s nothing too sinister lurking in that yellow box, but there are a few things you should know about Bisquick before you make those pancakes.

The ingredients list on a box Bisquick Original Pancake & Baking Mix currently reads “enriched flour bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), dextrose, salt.” While some of these ingredients may raise a red flag in your brain—seriously, what is riboflavin?—they’re all mostly emulsifiers and nutrients added back into the flour after processing. But let me break it down for you: Niacin and thiamin mononitrate are both forms of Vitamin B, typically found in yeast or cereal grains. Riboflavin is another form of Vitamin B found in dairy, lean meats, legumes, and leafy greens. Because they add these ingredients to standard wheat flour, Bisquick has to call it “enriched.”

Sodium aluminum phosphate and monocalcium phosphate are both chemical leavening acids typically found in baking powder, and dextrose is a simple sugar synonymous with glucose.
The only truly questionable ingredient in Bisquick is the partially hydrogenated oil. An extremely common ingredient in processed foods, partially hydrogenated oils are a source of trans fat, which contribute greatly to heart disease. Though for years the FDA maintained that partially hydrogenated oils were safe to consume, in 2013 the organization determined partially hydrogenated oils were no longer “generally recognized as safe.” It’s clear that Bisquick caught on to this fact, as their Bisquick Heart Smart baking mix contains canola oil as opposed to partially hydrogenated oil. Interestingly enough, Bisquick Heart Smart ingredients list sugar (3 grams per serving) while Bisquick original does not.



 Sep 9, 2019, 3:47 am

Looks so delicious! Thanks for the wonderful share.


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 Mar 3, 2020, 1:31 pm

Why do the written instructions not match the video? Amounts listed for butter, vanilla are different in the video and the video does not have any rose water used in the recipe. Please clarify. Thank you.



 Mar 3, 2020, 2:37 pm

Hi Roshan, You have good eyes and ears! I am so glad you took the time to ask.

Yes the butter is 4 oz as I used in my video. You can use 2 oz or 4 oz based on your dietary needs.

Vanilla essence can be 1 – 2 tsp (to taste). I used 1 tsp vanilla essence.

Yes, I did not use rosewater in the video since I like to use either vanilla or rose. DOnt forget the cardamon and nutmeg will add to the flavors.

Best to taste the malido and add more or less vanilla/rose, cardamon, nutmeg, salt to your liking. Hope this helps. I have modified the recipe to make it better.

Best regards,




 Apr 4, 2023, 4:48 am

Hello Rita, please tell what can be used in place of Bisquick.
Thanks Huban



 Apr 4, 2023, 9:22 am

Hi Huban,
You can use any other pancake mix instead of Bisquick, Bisquick is a brand name here in USA.
Ready made pancake mix comes in a box usually. Look in the breafast section.
Best, Rita


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