Around the world, the Parsi Zoroastrians celebrate New Year this month.
Celebrations come easily to us Parsi folk, with our larger-than-life love of food, drink and merriment.
Proud of my small community’s awe-inspiring contribution to India in all areas over the centuries, I’m most intrigued by Parsi cuisine’s uniqueness in the colorful Indian culinary landscape.
And this Parsi New Year, like all our celebrations, Parsi homes will be filled with mouthwatering Parsi food creations.
Below I’ve listed some of my personal favorites to create a lavish spread of Parsi celebratory delicacies (click on any image or title for the recipe.)
Look forward to having you join the party…
Most celebrations end on a sweet note; we like to start and end special days with sweetness on our palate. Semolina based creamy rich Parsi Ravo brings back childhood memories of fun birthdays and happy New Years.
Crisp flavor-filled mouthfuls of juicy chicken often make an appearance in a list of Parsi celebratory delicacies. The original version is always deep-fried…my recipe offers up equally satisfying bites of baked homemade Chicken Farchas.
The outstanding mélange of Indian and Persian flavors in this meaty apricot flavored gravy makes Jardaloo Salli Boti a must have for any Parsi occasion. My version is a time-tested family recipe passed along to me by mom.
A ‘stroke of pure culinary genius’ is the best way to describe this white Parsi fish curry with shiny red cherry tomatoes, which lends the fish element to special meals. Chutney fish steam-cooked in leaves ‘Patra ni Macchi’ and tomato based ‘Shrimp Patia’ are other celebratory seafood favorites.
Most Parsi celebration meals are meat heavy, but few vegetarian dishes like the tangy spiced Parsi wedding stew make an appearance at almost all Parsi occasions. The other veggie favorite: frittata-style potatoes with a layer of well-beaten eggs ‘Papeta per Endu’.
While the authentic ending to a Parsi celebratory meal is the Lagan nu Custard or wedding pudding (I like this simple recipe by Rita on Parsi Cuisine,) I’m ending this lavish spread with a personal favorite, my grand mom’s lighter and much loved caramel custard family recipe.
Simply creamy mouthfuls of Mamaiji’s Caramel Custard never fail to remind me of good times with family, friends and food.
Now isn’t that what celebrations are all about?
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