“Eat drink and be merry” is the Parsi motto. So, when it comes to this auspicious day, greeting in the New Year with hearty food and celebratory galore is something all Bawa’s wholeheartedly do, says Farhana Madar.
With a number of holidays marked in the calendar this August, one of the highly anticipated chutti’s of the month is Navroze and Pateti for the Parsi folk. The Parsi community in Mumbai, and around the world, might be small in their numbers. However, as a posse, they are a tightly-knit and vivacious huddle of individuals that go all out for one another as well as for their festivities.
“Eat drink and be merry” is the Parsi motto. So, when it comes to this auspicious day, greeting in the New Year with hearty food and celebratory galore is something all Bawa’s wholeheartedly do!
While well-acclaimed Parsi/Iranian eateries whisper old is gold, similarly, new certainly deserve a view. So as to speak, given this special occasion is right around the corner, we bring to you mouthwatering Bawa Bhonu around Mumbai city.
May the anticipation set in, as you sip on some Pallonji’s Raspberry Soda, and make way for some edu and farcha amongst various other authentic delicacies of the Parsi cuisine!
Dinshaw’s Xpress Café:
This August Dinshaw’s Xpress Café, Oshiwara brings to its patrons sweet serendipity with their Bawa Nu Bhonu – Parsi special menu. Also, not to mention, the ideal setup with a cutout figurine of Aapro Freddie Mercury to welcome guests on pronto.
With checkered tablecloths to evocate and bring back an old world Iranian charm and wall-posters across the room with bawa humour in block print – one is bound to have a jaunty good time with their assemblage of loved ones.
While the menu caters to both the Vegetarians and Non-vegetarian foodies, what seems to be a hot favourite is the Mamaiji’s Spicy crimson looking Prawn Curry along with Patra Ni Machchi, undoubtedly, Parsi comfort food at its best.
Parsi style cutlets, Dhansak and flavorsome farcha are also available. As for the must-haves, Akshay Kumar, Managing Partner of Dinshaw’s Xpress Café shares, “Keeping in mind the terrific response to our Parsi Menu, we have re-introduced it. Do try out the Salli Chicken, Berry Pulao and do not forget to have the Andheri Nu Dikra Sundae.”
Umame/Café at the NCPA:
As family and friends tie the knot of togetherness this New Year, Farrokh Khambata invites guests to indulge in a traditional Parsi Bhonu at both his sought after outlets.
Stefan Boyer, Marketing Manager informs, “Umame, the specialty Pan-Asian restaurant will serve a delicious lunch on 17th August, 2016 nestled in the heart of bustling South Mumbai. Set against the lush corridors of the NCPA, The Café at the NCPA presents a special dinner buffet on the same day. “
Boyer continues, “The scrumptious traditional Parsi buffet meals include Achar/ Saria/ Rotli, Patra ni Kolmi, Jardaloo Salli Chicken, Leg of Ham with Mustard, Brown Sugar and Glazed Pineapple, Bharuchi Akoori with Brun Pao, Lagan nu Stew, Patra nu Paneer.”
He adds, “End the meal on a perfect note with the scrumptious desserts including Kahlua Crème Caramel and Hot Jalebis with Cointreau and our signature NITRO Pomegranate and Rose Petal Kulfi.”
Bawi Bride Kitchen:
There’s just something about home-cooked food that delights the taste buds and brings about a warm and fuzzy feeling that transports our souls to a state of utopia. Perzen Patel, who runs a gourmet Parsi food Delivery Company, has a deep passion for cooking, working on old recipes and simplifying modern styled food preparations.
Chief Tasting Officer at Bawi Bride Kitchen, Perzen Patel shares, “This year we are celebrating Parsi New Year in two ways. For Pateti and New Year, we’ve got a yummy special featuring Chicken Farchas, everyone’s favourite Saas ni Machchi as well as a new dish that our kitchen came up with this year, the Peesela Kaju nu Masala Gosht. Priced at 1600 for a plate, our 5-course meal would be enough for two people and we can deliver across Mumbai.”
She adds, “The second thing we’ve got planned is happening on 21st where the Bawi Bride Kitchen is hosting a 7 course Parsi seafood menu in association with Pesca Fresh in Bandra. This limited edition popup will feature the ever popular Patra ni Machchi as well as heritage dishes like Malai ma Prawns and a traditional Parsi Surmai Curry.”
DIY – Jardaloo Salli Marghi
If you’re looking to prepare a hearty and aromatic home-cooked meal for your loved ones for the New Year – this might just be the perfect recipe to get creative with!
To share, Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji explains, “New Year revelries always revolved around food for the Parsi’s. What I am going to share with you all is a delicacy which is not only scrumptious but is fervently adored by the Parsi’s as well as all the food lovers. This dish consists of chicken which is stewed in an aromatic and flavourful gravy prepared with Onion, ginger, garlic, tomato puree and soaked and mashed Apricots sprinkled with powdered Cinnamon, black cardamom, white pepper, cumin, red chilies and turmeric, drizzled with Worcestershire sauce and malt vinegar.”
She adds, “One can add jaggery to further enhance the flavor along with a sprinkle of garam masala powder. The dish is served hot and garnished with deep fried potato straws/match stick sized potatoes. It is not only sweet but also delectable because of the apricots which combine fantastically with a sharp taste of red chilli powder and Worcestershire sauce.”
If you come to think of it, between the kitchen affairs of a saas-bahu duo in Indian households, there’s always some healthy competitive sass brewing. The Bawa ménage is no different. This year for an erstwhile, from the 11th to 21st August, SodaBottleOpenerWala in BKC, showcase a jovial-spirited Parsi styled rival menu of Saas-Bahu!
Chef Akshata Karkaria expresses, “We’re having some fun this Navroze – not the run of mill fare, not the typical chef either. As the saas bahu due is shaking the kitchen a couple of fun innovations. My Ma in-law Bachi Karkaria is doing something unique to her family recipe, Gos nu saas (as opposed to macchi) and I’m making our family favourite (prawn) Curry with drumsticks and brinjal which I dare say may actually taste even nicer.”
Furthermore, as many other delicacies are offered in the spread, Tareli macchi, and chicken Yazidi salad, a humble Shepherd’s Pie and a feast worthy Lagan nu custard with burnt pineapple flambé are only part of two very promising Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Navroze menus!