Lavish Spread of Parsi Celebratory Delicacies

Around the world, the Parsi Zoroastrians celebrate New Year this month.

Parsi Celebratory Sev Dahi, Sweet Roasted Vermicelli topped with Cardamom Vanilla Yogurt, Parsi Celebratory Delicacies

Parsi Celebratory Sev Dahi, Sweet Roasted Vermicelli topped with Cardamom Vanilla Yogurt

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…

‘Parsi Ravo’ Semolina Pudding

Parsi 'Ravo'- A Semolina Pudding, Parsi celebratory delicacies

Parsi ‘Ravo’- A Semolina Pudding

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.

‘Parsi Chicken Farcha’ Bites

Parsi Chicken Farcha Bites with Mint and Mustard Yogurt Dip, Parsi celebratory delicacies

Parsi Chicken Farcha Bites with Mint and Mustard Yogurt Dip

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.

‘Parsi Jardaloo Salli Boti’ Apricot and Meat Preparation

‘Parsi Jardaloo Salli Boti’ Apricot and Meat Preparation

‘Parsi Jardaloo Salli Boti’ Apricot and Meat Preparation

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.

‘Saas ni Macchi’ White Parsi Fish Curry

‘Saas ni Macchi’ White Parsi Fish Curry, Parsi celebratory delicacies

‘Saas ni Macchi’ White Parsi Fish Curry

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.

Parsi ‘Lagan nu Stew’ Tangy Spiced Vegetables

Parsi Wedding Lagan nu Stew, with Tangy Spiced Vegetables, Parsi celebratory delicacies

Parsi Lagan (Wedding) nu Stew, with Tangy Spiced Vegetables

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’.

Mamaiji’s Caramel Custard

Mamaiji's Caramel Pudding, Parsi celebratory delicacies

Mamaiji’s Caramel Pudding

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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Comments

  1. Zareen Shah says

    Your favs are my favs too….and I suspect any Parsi will agree that these are our most loved dishes !
    A very Happy Pateti and New Year in your new home.
    Much love,
    Zareen

  2. says

    Happy Parsi New Year, Peri. These are mouth watering recipes. My buttermilk chicken tika was a hit last week with family. I now keep ginger garlic paste made up. Am pleased you’re settled into California living.

    • says

      Thanks Lynne:) So thrilled to hear the buttermilk tikka feedback, it’s one of our family favorites! Isn’t it amazing to ginger garlic paste or ggp as I call it, on hand, it just gets used everywhere. California is growing on us…

  3. Hilla D. says

    A lovely, scrumptious. mouth-watering spread Peri !! Wishing you & your family a Happy & Healthy
    Saal Mubarak.

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