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access_time March 21, 2015 chat_bubble_outline 0 comments 4285 views

Get a taste of traditional Parsi cuisine this Navroj 

The mount-watering Parsi cuisine;

The mount-watering Parsi cuisine;

The most cherished festival of Parsis is just around the corner! Celebrated every year on the 21st of March, Navroj brings in a lot of excitement among the fast dwindling Parsi community. This day is the first day of the year, as observed by the Parsis and marks the commencement of the fertile spring season.

Brought in with as much pomp and cry as any other festival in Mumbai, the preparations of Navroj begin well in advance with people cleaning and decorating their homes and preparing mouth-watering sweets. If you have a Parsi friend, you must be well-aware of the tantalizing Parsi cuisine prepared on this day. The meal is commenced by eating seven ‘holy’ food items namely: sabzeh (sprouts), samanu (a sweet creamy pudding), seeb (apple), senjed (sweet dry fruit of the Lotus tree), seer (garlic), somaq (sumac berries) and serkeh (vinegar). The essence of Parsi food has remained unchanged over the years with recipes being passed down through generations.

With Navroj literally meaning a new day, take advantage of this day by breaking free from your regular cuisines and head to south Mumbai for a taste of traditional Parsi meal. You can instantly recognize an Iranian restaurant because of their  trademark dark wood furniture, brightly colored walls, chequered tablecloths, and slightly irritable owners peering from behind the counters. Instead of impressing their customers with usual architectural grandeur, they believe that their food speaks for itself!

Here are the names of eateries you can head to if you want to taste authentic Parsi food in Mumbai this Navroj :

1) Jimmy Boy

Where: Jimmy Boy, Vikas Building, 11 Bank Street, opposite State Bank of India, off Horniman Circle, Fort, Mumbai

2) Ideal Corner

Where: 12 F/G, Hornby View, Gunbow Street, Fort, Mumbai

3) Sir Ratan Tata Institute

Where: 35 N.S. Patkar Marg, Hughes Road, near Westside. Tel: 022 6623 6969. Also at 788 Jame Jamshed Road, Dadar Parsi Colony, Dadar (East), Mumbai

4) Cafe Military

Where: Cafe Military, Behind Bombay Stock Exchange, opposite HSBC Bank, Horniman Circle, Fort, Mumbai

5) Cafe Churchill

Where: East West Court Building, Opposite Cusrow Baug, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, Mumbai

6) Britania & Company Restaurant

Where: Wakefield House, 11 Sprott Road, 16 Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai

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