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Parsi Feasts: Nowruz's Delicious Traditions


Food & Drink  •  16 Aug, 2023  •  72,380 Views  •  ⭐ 2.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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Navroz, the Parsi New Year, is a vibrant tapestry of traditions, rituals, and gastronomic marvels. As the community steps into a new year, they lay a table that is a testament to their rich culinary heritage and tales from ancient Persia.
The Parsi New Year isn't just about changing calendars. It's a heartfelt embrace of the past, a hopeful glance at the future, and a sumptuous feast in the present. Here, we dive deep into the culinary delights that make Navroz an affair to remember.

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A Glimpse into Navroz: Origin, Date, and Significance

A tale of two Spring feasts: Iranian Nowruz and Indian Parsi Jamshed-e- Navroz - The Hindu
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Originating from the ancient Zoroastrian celebrations of Persia, Navroz, or Nowruz, marks the vernal equinox, symbolizing the rebirth of nature. Though traditionally observed around March 20th or 21st, the Parsi community in India, with its unique calendar, celebrates in August. More than just a new beginning, Navroz epitomizes rejuvenation, the enduring spirit of good, and the warmth of community kinship.

Delicacies of Navroz

Parsi Sev

How to make Seyun Patata - SK Khazana, recipe by MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor
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Golden-hued and glistening, Parsi Sev is vermicelli roasted in ghee and sweetened to perfection. Often paired with creamy yoghurt, it strikes a harmonious balance between richness and simplicity, making it a favoured breakfast during Navroz.

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Dhansak

The Incredible Parsi Dhansak — Simply Bhonu
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A hearty melange of lentils, vegetables, and meat (typically mutton), Dhansak stands tall as a signature Parsi dish. With a unique blend of spices, it is a reflection of the Parsi ethos – marrying contrasting flavours to create a symphonic dish, usually accompanied by brown rice.

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