The Charm of Good Food
PAACHI KHAVANI VAAT
Breakfast of toast n butter,
Cheese n bacon will always do,
Along with sunny-side-up eedoo;
Yet nothing to beat aapro sev n’ ravo
Sprinkled generously with mevo
Or eedapak, badampak or vasanoo
Curry n rice is all very nice
With pomfret, meat, or prawns galore,
I’ll take any type, I love all type,
Be it of Goa, Madras or Mangalore.
Aapro dhandaar ne patio
Pet bhari ne chatio,
Or simply dhandaar n that heavenly dish,
The incomparable patra-fish.
Dhansaak ne kebab
Khichree n saas with kolmi is the most
Or humble rus chawal
With singh, potatoes n ghosh,
N ’pickle, kuchumber or simple lime
Turn these creations to something divine.
You simply can’t have tea
Without bhakhra, karkarias or popatji,
Or at least chapats hot or creamy oudh
Sprinkled with lots of chironji.
There’s kumas made with toddy,
Or similarly made sadhnas,
Or meva rich kervai,
Made from bananas.
But what really takes the cake
Are the khaman na larva
That mummaiji used to make,
N’ what excites most your gourmet libido
Is mewafull, ghee rich,
Masoor ma boocka,
Titori ne boomla sukhkha,
Papeta ma ghosh, kid roast,
And all sort of veggies
With ghosh of course;
But Parsis’ real favourite is – – – -per eeda,
Be it potatoes, tomatoes, bhaaji or bheeda;
Kheema, chicken shreds or brinjal,
Eeda goes rather well with ‘em all.
Chicken mai-vahlan, a dish we make
With more almonds n raisins then a Christmas cake.
Sali ma murghi, pulao daar
Along with savoury lagan nu achaar
Is what makes bearable any man’s life,
After facing a crotchety boss or a nagging wife.
Courtesy : Firdosh Tolat