Parsi food is a fascinating world of authentic flavors which offer a refreshing perspective on the different food and cultures of India. It has a strong identity of its own and is an eclectic and diverse blend of sweet and savory dishes. Each dish stands out for itself with a unique touch of spice and essential elements of a dish wisely prepared.
A cuisine one must definitely cast an appreciative glance towards. With simple yet amazing fare on offer. Food prepared with love with an air of elegance. Infused with hand chosen spices and techniques uniquely associated with it. Here are some Parsi dishes, you simply cannot overlook. As it is surely bound to entice and engage your senses, leaving you returning for more and even more.
Patra Ni Macchi
One of the first things to cross your mind on the mention of Parsi food. This is a festive special at weddings and ceremonies. It is fish rubbed with green chutney, steamed to perfection. Moist, juicy and luscious. A treat for beginners who embark on culinary journey.
Dhansak is a Parsi dish, traditionally prepared on a Sunday in Parsi households but can be eaten anytime. It combines the elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisines and is made by cooking mutton (goat meat) or any non-vegetarian produce such as poultry and lamb with a mixture of three or more type of dals (lentils) and a special dhansak masala made of different spice. Dhansak as a dish packs a punch, blended with aromatic spices. This is the very thing which sets it apart. One of the trademarks of ever Parsi home in which two dhansaks would not be similar. Go on and do try.
Sali Par Edu
This is a potato and egg based dish. A renowned breakfast dish among Parsis. Made with partially boiled potatoes with few spices for flavor or just cracked pepper for some zing, eaten with toast or soft bread (pao). It is filling and an energy source which will keep you satisfied till your lunch cravings take over.
Saas Ni Machi
Saas ni machi is another fish centric dish, it is a spiced fish cooked in a sweet and sour white sauce. Sauce is a diversion of saas. It a simple yet brilliant fish dish. Apart from the pomfret, the dish consist of two strong elements- fresh green chilli and whole cumin seeds. An egg, sugar and vinegar mixture at the end adds a special touch. A celebrated dish at Parsi weddings. It is also cooked at home with basmati rice or bread .One must try to realize the difference between saas ni machi and patra ni macchi. Giving due credit to both the popular, amazing dishes.
Marghi Na Farcha
This is a Parsi style fried chicken, mildly spice yet high on taste. The term farcha applies to the Gujarati word which when translated is meant as paper. The connection is obvious as the marinated chicken with a Parsi blend of spices is fried till it does not acquire a thin crispy texture. Simply fabulous and a great hit. A luring temptation…
Kolmi Papeto Tetralo
This dish is a prawn and potatoes with a thick tomato puree base with a tangy taste. It is mixed with chilli garlic paste and potatoes smeared in turmeric and salt. A mildly spicy yet an interesting melange of flavor.
This is a Parsi meat dish, which is immensely popular. An interesting pairing of hot and sweet elements goes into the making of this dish which soothes and scorches your taste buds apparently in sync. A distinctive flavor with ingredients such as jiggery, vinegar, tomatoes, turmeric, garlic and appetite arousing mutton pieces.
A traditional Parsi breakfast creation. The eggs here are runny and not overcooked ,mild spices play a role too and is eaten with salad or bread.
Parsi Mutton Cutlets
A well-known Parsi snack which involves mixing mutton with aromatic spices along with potatoes, ginger and turmeric. They are a deep-fried dish served with generous helping Parsi styled chutney. A anytime fulfilling and tasty snack.