Fleeing religious persecution in their native Iran in the 7th century, a small group of Parsees stopped running only when they found refuge in India – Gujarat to be specific. Quietly they merged themselves in this great country, not just making a new life for themselves but also enriching those of the local folk with their philanthropic activities. But best of all they shared the secrets of their amazing cuisine, which is truly unique, for all the world to enjoy.
Why you will love itDiving into a gastronomic whirlpool of one of India's best-loved cuisinesDiscovering the great link between the food traditions of the Parsees and their history and heritageInteracting with one of the most creatively evolved communities in Mumbai
What you will experience
One of the most exciting culinary adventures for foodies resides in the Parsee kitchen. The community introduced to India’s rich repository of flavours and taste the gastronomic delights of the richness of Persian delicacies married to quintessential Indian spices. This hearty cuisine consists of a balanced meal, which is infused with flavours ranging from sweet to sour to spicy. The most popular all-encompassing repast is the ‘Lagan Nu Bhonu’ or the lavish Parsee wedding feast. This three-course meal comprises chicken, mutton, fish, egg, pickle and flatbread to make it a balanced and nutritious meal. There’s a separate vegetarian menu as well.
Wrapping up this palate-seducing melange of flavours and textures is that really special dessert – the ‘Laganu Custard’ – now India’s answer to the iconic Crème Brule. Mumbai is home to the world’s largest population of this dwindling community, it comes as little surprise, that this meal is an intrinsic part of your coastal culinary experience.
You have a real treat in store when we take you to the home of Aunty, in whose kitchen you will learn to cook some of these treasured Parsee gastronomic delights that have been wowing foodies for years. Aunty will also share her Grandmother’s recipes to take away with you apart from a ton of love.