Memories of homely Parsi food

The Bombay duck, dhansak at Jamvaa Chalo Ji bring back memories of homely Parsi food

AUTHENTIC TASTES Chef Mazdiyar Surti gets it all right, having grown up in a Parsi family

Growing up with Parsi neighbours I knew about dhansak and Navroze in several forgotten memories I had collected. The ITC Windsor has organised “Jamvaa Chalo Ji”, a Parsi food festival, helmed by Chef Mazdiyar Surti. “I am actually a coffee shop chef but I grew up in a Parsi family and watched my mother and grandmother cooking traditional Parsi food, which is how I know so much about the cuisine and how it is done,” explains Chef Mazzy proving you can never shake off what you have grown up with.

We were welcomed with gulab nu dhoodh, or rose-flavoured milk. The chilled glass came half full, and if you are a flavoured milk person you will send it down in a single shot. In my case, I sipped politely and waited for something stronger.

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