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A Parsi Twist to your Diet

Celebrated on August 17, Parsi New Year or Navroz brings in new clothes,interchanging sweets and festival wishes. This day is celebrated with great pomp and fervor. Delicious lunch and sweets are an integral part of the celebrations. While Zoroastrians across the world celebrated the new year on March 21, India celebrates it in August. This is because the Parsi community in India follows the Shahenshahi calendar which does not take into account leap years.


Now that we know a bit about Navroz – lets indulge into a yummy Parsi dish. This first day of a new year we bring to you the famous Parsi Berry Pulao in a healthier avataar.

To make this you’ll need:

  • Brown rice soaked for 20 minutes 1 1/2 cups
  • Cranberries dried chopped 1/4 cup
  • Saffron strands a pinch
  • Ghee 2 tablespo
  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • Poppy seed (khuskhus) paste 1 tablespoon
  • Tomato puree 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Boneless chicken cut into 1 inch pieces 400 grams
  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons
  • Browned Onions 1/2 cup
  • Chaat masala 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Artificial sweetener 1 teaspoon
  • Cashew-nuts fried 1/4 cup

To begin with

  1. Drain the soaked rice. Now in a new vessel add rice with 3 cups hot water, salt, saffron and 1 tablespoon ghee and mix. Cover this mix and cook till the rice is done.
  2. Heat remaining ghee in another non-stick pan. Add cumin seeds, turmeric powder, chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, mix and sauté for a minute.
  3. To this add coriander powder, cardamom powder, poppy seed paste and mix well. Add tomato puree and salt, mix well and cook till ghee separates.
  4. Next, add chicken, 1 tablespoon coriander leaves and half the browned onions, mix, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add chaat masala, garam masala powder and the sugar alternative to the chicken and mix well. Add some water and mix again.
  6. Spread the rice on top the chicken, top with the remaining browned onions, cashew nuts, coriander leaves and berries. Drizzle some ghee, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve hot.
Tip: You could enjoy this yummy pulao with some curd.

No celebration is complete without dessert. And so a healthy Oats & Honey Mawa Cake should definitely make way in your list.

You’ll need

  • Butter: 400 gm
  • Artificial Sweetener: 400 gm
  • Eggs: 10
  • Vanilla essence: 5 ml
  • Flour: 300 gm
  • Oats: 300 gm
  • Baking powder: 5 gm
  • Mawa: 500 gm
  • Milk: 250 ml
  • Seeds (of choice): 250 gm
  • Honey: 150 ml

To prepare: 

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C.
  2. Cream the butter and sweetener together until smooth.
  3. Beat the eggs until nice and fluffy, and fold into the butter and sweetener mixture.
  4. Beat in the mawa, honey, flour, baking powder and milk.
  5. Pour into greased mould (about 10-inch diameter) or cupcake cases and sprinkle seeds on top.
  6. Bake at 175°C—for about 15-20 minutes.
Note: Since this is preparation contains butter and flour, it is advised to only
consume in moderation.

To make sure it does not drastically affect your blood sugar levels keep a glucometer device handy. Make sure celebrations don’t become an excuse to skip exercise


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  1. I am connected with a parsi or rather was….he told me to learn dhansak and I learned it and made it and the compliment I got was that it was better than any parsi who makes it…I felt so good…Happy New Year to all the Parsi’s….I love parsi cuisine…..:)

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