A Navroz Feast by Parizaad Berlin

Food and words by Parizaad Berlin of Delish by Pari.
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Parsi New Year, also known as Navroz or Nowroz, is celebrated to mark the beginning of the Iranian calendar. This year it’s being celebrated on the 16th of August .

The Parsi community dresses up in their traditional attire, decorate their homes with chalk (traditional Parsi motif Kollam and Toran (flower garlands to decorate doorways) and prepare delicious food including Prawn Patio, Mori Dar, Patra Ni Machhi, Meetu Sev and more. Parsis also visit the Fire Temple (Agiary) and offer fruits, sandalwood and flowers on this auspicious day.

Any auspicious occasion at a Parsi home has to have the traditional yellow Dal, long-grained basmati rice accompanied by a delicious, tangy-sweet and hot thick gravy preparation, known as “Patio”. This is usually made with boneless fish or prawns but can be made with hard-boiled eggs as well.

This feast consists of: Parsi Dhun Dar patio or Mori Dal, Chaval and Kolmi no Patio (lightly spiced yellow Dal, white Basmati Rice and an aromatic thick gravy with prawns).

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A Navroz Feast by Parizaad Berlin
To make the Mori Dal:
  1. Heat the oil in a cooker
  2. Add the green chilli, onions and garlic- cook till the onions are just turning golden.
  3. Add the Dal, water and salt.
  4. Cool for at least 2 whistles and allow to cool .
  5. Once cooled, blend the Dal to a smooth consistency.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and crispy onions.
To make the Kolmi no Patio:
  1. Fry the onions till slightly brown
  2. Add the tomatoes and brinjal and cook till tender.
  3. Add the masalas and half the corriander, and cook for 2 minutes. You can add a little water if the mixture dries up.
  4. Now add the tamarind juice, the salt and 2 cups of water. Allow this to cook for 5 mins , now add the prawns and cook till they turn orange and curl up. This means they are cooked perfectly!
  5. Do not over cook the prawns, or they will become rubbery.
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves
To make the Patra ni macchi:
  1. Cut the fish fillet into 2 x 2 inch pieces
  2. Sprinkle a little salt, a little garlic paste and a little of the lime juice and marinate the fish for 15-20 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, you can make the chutney.
  4. Put coriander, mint, chilli, garlic , coconut, sugar and salt into a wet grinder and mix until you have a smooth paste.
  5. Cut the Center stalk out of the banana leaf -
  6. Coat each piece of fish with the chutney and wrap each piece with the banana leaf into a neat parcel.
  7. Steam the fish parcels in an idly steamer or momo steamer for 7-10 minutes or you can put it into the microwave oven for 4 mins.

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