Navroz with Bawi Bride
This year,there have been a lot of posts on Parsi and Irani food.Just the way,the year has unfolded.When Perzen invited me over for Navroz,I was thrilled.Have always wished my Parsi friends Navroz Mubarak without really knowing the significance so here was a way to find out and also get to have her great cooking.Navroz is the celebration of spring equinox in Iran
Perzen Patel (Bawi Bride) started cooking after marriage....to impress the mom-in-law :) Armed with Katy Dalal's cookbook and her mom's recipes,she slowly learned to cook a great deal of Parsi cuisine.Now she blogs as the Bawi Bride and is supported lovingly by her charming husband Rushad in all her endeavours.Born in India but having spent many years in New Zealand and Canada,Perzen has a wide perspective on life.She loves to feed people and is always afraid that food will run off,so it was no wonder she had cooked for an army :)
At the dinner,I was fortunate enough to be introduced to my Twitter friends @ghaatidancer Anisha Sharma (who has bewitching eyes and a bubbly personality) and @riotofflavours Shanti Padukone whose amazing blogposts on recipes I have enjoyed in the past.Then there was @Sporty_baba Vipul Yadav,a brand management guy, who has been on @finelychopped Kalyan Karmakar's food walks and has conducted on his own too.Then there was the adorable and funny @brandedbawi Zenia Irani,part time foodie,full time Bawi :) Kalyan Karmakar @finelychopped and his gorgeous wife Kainaz joined us later.
The Navroz Table has seven things that represent seven laws of nature,viz. good mind,ultimate truth,good rules,lawful desire,perfection,immortality and creation of wisdom.I spotted the prayer book,grains,fruits,flowers and dried fruit.There were seven things with started with S ....sev (vermicelli),seb,sakhar,sharab,sherbet,salad and soi-doro (needle-thread)
We all peered into the mirror and reflected and made a wish
Then we had the lovely feast Perzen had prepared.....
Kachumber or the Parsi salad similar to the Maharashtrian Koshimbir and Mexican Pico De Gallo.
Mamaji's Prawn Curry which was a coconut and tomato based tangy curry with medium prawns
Sali Ma Ghosh,a well known Parsi meat dish which is sweet and sour
then there were Kebabs,Bread and Rice
She saved the best for the last.....a stunner of a dessert called Lagan Nu Custard Icecream,her own concoction.(Ofcourse she made four desserts but that's another story).The dish got empty really fast and everyone decided to walk home....