2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 190,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 3 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

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NAZC 2012 on Website-Part 2

Dear Fellow Zarathushtis,
As promised by the NAZC 2012 Organizing Committee, we are happy to put the NAZC 2012 Congress proceedings on line for the pleasure of those who attended the Congress and for the information of those who were unable to attend. 
This is the second installment, which includes videos on Khorshed Jungalwala Memorial Lecture, The Navjote / Sudreh Pushi ceremony and Kushti Ritual, and Gala Night Entertainment.
When further segments are final,  the link will be sent in installment in the coming months. This information is sent to major Zoroastrian websites. However, please publicize as much as you can so that those who were unable to attend the Congress may feel part of our journey.
NAZC 2012 Organizing Committee

We are happy to announce that the following videos are now online for your viewing pleasure.

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Yuhan Vevaina: Khorshed Jungalwala Memorial Lecture at the XVI NAZC 2012

Yuhan Vevaina Delivers the Khorshed Jungalwala Memorial Lecture: XVI NAZC 2012 from ZAGNY on Vimeo. Thinking with Zoroastrianism in the 21st Century As a 3,500 year-old religious tradition, the Zarathushti religion is one of the oldest living faiths still practiced globally. While this confers enormous prestige upon its adherents, the antiquity of the Zarathushti religion

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The Navojote / Sudreh Pushi Ceremony and Kushti Ritual: XVI NAZC 2012 from ZAGNY on Vimeo. The Navjote/Sudreh Pushi ceremony is the most personal of Zarathushti ceremonies, and the Kushti ritual a simple and personal daily Zarathushti ritual, yet their significance in Zarathushti religiosity is not properly understood. Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli discusses the

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The Gala Banquet Night was the social highlight of the XVI NAZC 2012. Held on the evening of August 04, 2012 to a packed hall of over 720 Congress attendees and guests.the one hour long program was a melange of talent on display. Everything from Bollywood to Broadway and beyond was covered in this extravaganza. All the talent on display was ZAGNY and IZA members aged 5 to 65.

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Video Recordings of the entire XVI NAZC 2012 shall be made available at


Gos na cutlets with khatti mitthi Tomato Gravy

Ingredients for the Cutlets (6-8  cutlets)


300 g Boneless mince lamb

1 med. sized onion finely chopped

2 tsp. Ginger garlic paste

2  green chillies finely chopped

½ tsp. Chilli powder (or to taste)

¼ tsp. Turmeric powder

½  tsp. cumin seed powder

¼ tsp. Garam masala (optional)

Salt to taste

1 med. boiled potato mashed

3 tsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. coriander finely chopped

2 eggs white beaten stiff

2 eggs yolk

Bread crumbs for rolling the cutlets

Oil for shallow frying

Ingredients for Tomato Gravy (for 6-8 cutlets)

3 cups of water

2 to 3” piece of cinnamon

5 cloves

5 cardamoms

5 pepper corn

1 big beetroot (optional)

1 big onion peeled

4-6 big ripe red tomatoes cut into half

2 tbsp. Oil

1 tsp. ginger garlic paste

1 tsp. chilli powder

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp Cumin powder

¼ tsp garam masala powder

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional)

1 tbsp. vinegar (to taste- depending on the sourness of tomatoes)

2 tbsp. sugar or Jaggery grated

1 tbsp. corn flour mixed in 3 tbsp.cold water

Salt to taste

One pinch of garam masala for garnish.

Method for Gos Cutlets

  1. Wash and marinade the minced lamb and apply 2 tsp. Lemon juice and salt, ginger garlic paste and keep it aside for 15 mins.
  2. In a pan take 1 tsp. oil and put in chopped onion and sauté till translucent.
  3. Add green chillies, chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin seed powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste.
  4. Add minced lamb to this mixture, stir and remove from fire.
  5. To the mashed potato, add coriander and lemon juice
  6. Now mix together, minced lamb and potato mixture
  7. Divide the above mixture into small balls and pat it into the desired shape of cutlets
  8. Coat with breadcrumbs.
  9. Beat egg whites till stiff, add egg yolks and beat lightly.
  10. Dip the cutlets in beaten egg and shallow fry in hot oil on medium flame.
  11. When fried on both the sides, remove the cutlets and drain them on kitchen napkin
  12. Serve with Tomato Gravy.

Method for Tomato Gravy



  1. In a pan put in 3 cups of water and add cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms and pepper. Bring water to boil.
  2.  Scrub, clean and wash beetroot well and put four cuts keeping the bottom intact.
  3. Peel onion and cut it into four keeping the end intact add tomatoes, onion and beetroot.  Cover and cook till tomatoes become soft.
  4. Discard Beetroot and whole garam masala.
  5. Reserve the water.
  6. Remove skins from the tomatoes and puree with onion in a mixie.
  7. Heat 2 tabsp. oil in a pan add ginger garlic paste and sauté.
  8. Add  chilli powder, turmeric powder,  garam masala powder, and cummin powder sauté the masala.
  9. Add tomato pulp, reserved water, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, sugar/jiggery, salt. Stir well and  bring to a nice boil.
  10. Add corn flour mix and stir for 3 to 5 mins.
  11. Adjust salt/sugar/vinegar for sweet and sour taste.
  12. Sprinkle little garam masala on top.

Serve hot with Gos na  Cutlets.

Thrity Tantra

Look up this and other exciting recipes in the FEZANA Cookbook – Click Here

Zarnak Sidhwa’s recipes in Parsi Week in Food Diaries on Masala TV

Interesting episodes with some sprinkling of Parsi Culture thrown in for a very pleasant experience !

All on Masala TV, Pakistan, in Hindi

The Promo

Dhansaak , Brown Rice , Kachumbar

Ravo , Sahs , Khichri

Parsi Custard , Tomato Per Eeda , Jardalu Marghi

Chutney Fish (Patra ni Machhi) , Salli Murgi , Kohra Patio

Bhakra, Chicken Maiwalla , Lagan Noo Stew

Ervad Saheb Dr Ramiyar P. Karanjia

Here is the link to Ervad Saheb Dr Ramiyar P. Karanjia‘s bio dataposted on the University of Heidelburg website.

It should be an inspiration to all of us, especially our young Zs.  

 Courtesy : Dara Acidwalla

Remembering our departed on auspicious occasions

Article by  Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram

As the season of weddings and Navjotes gathers steam, an important part of the festivities needs to be reinforced into the Parsi consciousness. It is our age old custom, that on all festive and important occasions like Navjotes, Weddings, Births, Navars, Betrothals, etc. we always begin the festivities by remembering the Ruvans and Farohars of our dear departed relatives, generally called ‘Hama Asho Farohar’. What is the reason for this practice and what is the proper method to be followed?

Click here to read on…



Mamaiji’s Caramel Pudding

We Parsi folk love our sweets and desserts, and my maternal grand-mom whom I fondly called ‘Mamaiji’, was no exception to that rule.
As the matriarch of a very large and happy family, my ‘Mamaiji’ stood in a class of her own. She inspired all our lives with her strong compassionate personality and humorous take on events, her unconditional love for family and most of all, her true passion for cooking and food. Although no longer with us, Mamaiji’s legacy lives on through her valuable life lessons and her mouthwatering recipes.
With very few of the modern day kitchen conveniences that we take for granted at her disposal; she taught us that a truly good meal is always one that is made with love and patience using simple fresh ingredients…and savored with family & friends, sitting around the dinner table.

Click Here for this delicious recipe and forget the calories for the day !

Parsi Calendar on your Android Mobile

Shenshai Calendar at your fingertips.
The calendar displays the Shenshai roj, mah, sal, var and gah mapped to the Gregorian calendar.
Click on the date or time to know the corresponding Shenshai date.
Click on any part of the Shenshai date to know the corresponding Gregorian date.

This is a free App on the Android Play Store, for more on mobile app marketing and global trends in technology – Click Here to get it

An interesting App from Yazad Gandhi

Doa-E- Tandroasti….. the Zoroastrian Prayer

Dua Tandarosti / Duva Tandarosti


Here is a full version of the popular prayer Doa-E- Tandroasti as recited by our Shenshai Dastoor in San Jose, California. Whereas the earlier version was “Private Circulation” this one is set for “Public viewing”

The earlier You Tube version which even though had the first two lines of the prayer blanked out by the title frame, proved very popular as more than 7,000 Zarathushtis World Wide had listened to it in the 12 months from the time it was first privately released. It is interesting to note that hits came from several countries including South American & New Zealand.

Top Playback locations were:

You Tube watch page 79.5 %
Mobile Devices 14.9%
Embedded players on other Websites 5.6%

May I request you to let your readers know of the availability of this Prayer :-

Courtesy : Rusi Sorabji