Surti Papri Chicken, Mutton or Lamb (with vegetarianism option)

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Surti Papri Chicken, Mutton or Lamb
(Vegetarians can leave the meat out)


  • 2 lbs papri (surti Papri can be found in Indian Grocery Stores. Threaded and broken into 1 inch long pieces) see picture below

  • 1 lb Mutton, Chicken or Lamb

  • 3/4th tsp ajwain (bishop seed or called ajmo)

  • 2 onions thinly sliced

  • 2 whole pods of garlic, unpeeled or 10-12 cloves

  • 2 potatoes quartered, unpeeled

  • 3-4 baby brinjals slit in 4

  • 5-6 tbsp oil

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

  • 2 tsp red chilly pwd

  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste

  • 1/2 tsp green chilly paste or 2-3 green chillies chopped fine

  • Salt to taste


If possible Marinate all of the above ingredients for 2 hours for maximum taste!

  1. In a heavy bottomed pan  heat oil add onions and ajwain.

  2. Fry onion till light golden in color.

  3. Add ginger garlic paste, green chilli paste, all dry spices and salt.

  4. Let all the spices sizzle, add the vegetables including garlic.

    Let the veggies cook on a low flame for several minutes covered. Add water if it begins to dry up.

    Check if vegetables are done, dry up all water.

    Serve hot with wheat rotli / chappatis.

  5. This recipe can also be made with mutton, you will need to add the mutton before the veggies and let it simmer till it absorbs the spices. Pressure cook for 2 whistles n dry up water after the meat is cooked thoroughly.

This is a sample recipe from our cookbooks

Surti Papri
Surti Papri

Books available on Amazon Manna of the 21st Century: Parsi Cuisine Paperback Hardcover Indian Parsi Kitchen Celebrations: Celebrating Zoroastrian Festivals and Traditions Dhansak: Parsi Cuisine


Mewa No Malido «

Jul 7, 2013, 7:26 pm

[…] Sprinkle with nuts, sultanas and cardamom and nutmeg mixture, and serve with parsi papri. […]


Sep 9, 2019, 12:21 pm

No shania powder and meera?


Sep 9, 2019, 7:04 pm

Aban you mean Dhania and Jeera. Spell checker changed it Yes you can add if you like.


Sep 9, 2019, 9:54 am

Usually I find the Ajwain gives the best flavor in Papri.
If you want to use Coriander (Dhania) and Cumin (Jeera) sure go ahead but it might get a bitter taste.

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