Recipes for Parsi New Year

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Navroz is celebrated to mark the beginning of the new Persian calendar. In the Persian language ‘Nav’ means new, and ‘Roz’ that stands for – New Day. New Delhi: The Parsi New Year is called ‘Navroz‘ or ‘Nowruz‘, which means a ‘New Day’. Navroz marks the beginning of a fresh year for the Parsis.

Here are many recipes that you can enjoy and cook with.

Parsi Feast

A Parsi Home Breakfast usually consists of Sweet Ravo (Semolina)  – choc-a-bloc with dry fruits) which is served with yogurt and enjoyed by young and old alike.
Mouth watering Parsi dishes are Kid Gosht Sali boti (a mutton and potato preparation), chicken farchas, patrani machchi (fish steamed in a leaf), mutton pulao or Berry Pulao and Dhansak / Masala dal and saas ni machchi (a thick white gravy with pomfret) jostle for space on the table.

Desserts too are not behind in terms of variety, the most easy to make being Falooda. It is a sweet milk drink made from vermicelli and flavored with rose essence. Lagan-nu-custard is a favorite on this occasion.

If you are adventurous – go for making Rita’s famous Dar ni Pori (Sweet pastry with lentils) or Rita’s Malido.

Parsi Sev Sweet Vermicelli 
 Parsi Ravo (Sweet cream of wheat)

Dhan Dal (Steamed Rice with plain dal) with Khari Fish
Fried Pomfret  (Tareli Maachi)

Kid Gosht 

 Lagan nu Custard

Batasa – a favorite biscuit snack. Good with Tea or Coffee anytime! 


Parsi Pulao - Biryani Style
Parsi Pulao – Biryani Style click on link to get recipe.Parsi Pulao Biryani style

Zoroastrian Jamshedi Navroze / Nowruz (click on link)

always on March 21 which is the Spring Equinox Day.

Nav” (meaning new) + “roze”(meaning day)  = “New Day”

In the Fasli/Bastani variant of the Zoroastrian calendar, Navroz is always the day of the vernal equinox (normally falling on March 21).

The Parsi New Year is celebrated as Jamshed Navroz across the world by the entire Parsi community. The festival falls on the first day of the first month of the Fasli calendar, followed by the Parsis. This falls in the month of March according to the Gregorian calendar. As the day commences with the advent of spring or Vernal Equinox, Jamshed Navroz is celebrated with immense fun and fervor. All the Zoroastrians observe this festival by performing all the rituals and rites with full devotion and duty. A particular sect of Parsis resides in the western part of India and hence, Jamshed Navroz celebrations can be prominently noticed in these regions. Go through the following lines to know more about celebrating Jamshed Navroz in India.

Commemorated in a grand and elaborate fashion, preparations for Jamshedi Navroz begin well in advance. Houses are cleaned to remove all the cobwebs and painted new. They are then adorned with different auspicious symbols, namely, stars, butterflies, birds and fish. New attires are ordered and made especially for the festival. On the day of Jamshed Navroz, people dress in their new and best clothes and put on gold and silver kustis and caps. The doors and windows are beautified with garlands of roses and jasmines. Color powders are used for creating beautiful and attractive patterns, known as rangoli, on the steps and thresholds. These intricate and creative patterns display the sanctity of the festivals. Moreover, fish and floral motifs are a favorite among rangolis and considered highly auspicious.                                          

Parsi-style Chicken Saffron Pulao (click on link)

– The king of rice dishes, the parsi / persian saffron pulao is similar to the Indian Biryani.

With Roasted Cumin Raita / Yogurt on the side it is yummilicious!

Oven-baked Parsi Kavab (click on link)

– Kebabs, or meatballs, are not just Indian! All food cultures have some kind of a meatball. I love the idea that there are dishes that connect food cultures around the world, because most food culture evolves through exchange, such as travels, migration and trade.

Tilapia Patiyo (click on link)

– Prawn Patio is versatile – You can add any other Fish like Shrimps, Salmon, Haddock, mackerel.

Rose Falooda Drink (click on link) 

– Stories have been written on this rose milk and I am sure poems too. Falooda is a float, a sundae or a simply delicious satisfying drink. Falooda is a dessert disguised as a drink.

Rose Syrup. Rooh Afza. Concentrate.
Available on Amazon –
Rooh Afza label

Topped with ice-cream (use your favorite flavors and the possibilities are endless). I like Vanilla or Rose Icecream, but you can use Mango, Coffee, Pineapple, Kesar, Saffron, Pistachio and so on.

The traditional drink for the parsi festival of Navroze is Falooda. “Nav” means ”New” and “Roze” means day. A new day literally on March 21st of every year which is the first day of Spring. Parsi celebrate the day in a spirit of friendship, harmony and a new start. Falooda is enjoyed as  the advent of Spring and to celebrate the sweetness of Life.

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

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

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