Parsi community in India is celebrating their New Year, also known as Pateti or Navroz/ Nowruz. Parsi community and their culture are less known among the majority in India and this may be because of their dwindling population. Parsis follow Zoroastrianism, founded by Zarathustra in Persia. The Parsi New Year is also known as Jamshedi Nowruz, named after the legendary king of Persia, Jamshed. The kind founded the Parsi calendar, however, people in India follow the Shahenshahi calendar, which does not count leap years. Hence, Parsis in India and Pakistan celebrate New Year around 200 days after it is observed across the globe.
Parsi New Year falls in the month of August and on this day people pray for their wealth, health and prosperity. They decorate their houses, visit the Fire Temple and prepare delicious feast. Most popular delicacies prepared on this day are meethi sev dahi, marghi na farcha (crispy fried chicken), mora dal chawal (also called dhan daar), patra nu machli, sali boti, berry pulao, jardaloo chicken, kid gosht, machchi no patio, mutton pulao, saas ni machchi among others. Tempting, isn't it?
In case you don't have any Parsi friend and you are in Delhi, then straight away head to these places to feast over these delicacies and have a gastronomic experience.
SODA BOTTLE OPENERWALA
Place- Khan Market; DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon
When in NCR, you need to visit Soda Bottle Openerwala, not just because of its charming ambience but also because of its tempting menu. Among a myriad of delicacies, you should try their Papeta par eeda, Mutton Berry Pulao and Marghi na Farcha.
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Place- Delhi Gate, Daryaganj
A cafeteria located in the Parsi Rest House is popular for serving Parsi cuisines. One cannot miss Dhansak, Patra ni Macchi and Mutton Cutlets at Parsi Anjuman.
Place- Aurobindo Marg
The heart-warming dining restaurant is a beautiful replica of Parsi culture. The place has a special Parsi wedding feast menu along with delicacies such as Poro, Chicken vindaloo, Mutton Dhansak, Kolmi No Pulao and Soya Pattice.
Place- National Crafts Museum, Pragati Maidan
This place serves tempting cuisines from across India along with Parsi dish Salli Boti. The dish has tender goat meat which is prepared in sweet and sour tomato gravy and served with paratha.
Place- Connaught Place
This place at the heart of CP is famous for its Berry Pulao, one of the few choices for vegetarians. Though options in Parsi food are limited here, you can enjoy Parsi breakfast staple, which is Akuri.
(Inputs from Hungryforever)
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