Jamshed-e-Navroz - Navroz or Parsi New Year has its origins in the Iranian and Indian tradition of celebrating the season of regeneration. The day corresponds to the equinox and is celebrated on March 21st. It marks the first day in the Zoroastrian year. For breakfast, Falooda -prepared in milk and flavoured with rose water and Ravo made with suji and milk is served. A lavish Navroz lunch is common too. So, it is time to savour a Parsi Bhonu - traditional Parsi meal, with a range of delicious Parsi specialities, as per your budget. My top 5 picks:
SodaBottleOpenerWala plans to commence the feast on March 16th. The menu includes veg and non-veg bhonu, both comprising traditional Parsi recipes, along with SBOW’s homemade Raspberry Soda. The Vegetarian Bhonu includes Gajar Nu Achar, Saria Papad, Rotli, Veg Russian Pattice, Kachumber, Bhatia Paneer and Masoor Nu Dal with Veg Pulao. The Non-vegetarian Bhonu offers Mackerel Fry, Bhatia Chicken, Kolmi Nu Achar, Saria Papad, Rotli, Kachumber, and Masoor Nu Dal along with Mutton Pulao. One can round off the sumptuous Parsi meal on a sweet note with Dhoodi Mewa Nu Halwo.
When: 16th March to 29th March
Time: 12 noon onwards
Cost of Navroz Bhonu - Rs 595 + for Veg and Rs 695 + for Non Veg Bhonu
The lavish Navroz menu - Jamva Chalo Ji from 14th March until 25th March, presents traditional flavours with an innovative twist. The lavish meal of traditional Parsi Bhonu includes a tantalizing array of specialities including traditional non-veg delicacies and veg specials too. With fish sourced straight from Gujarat, one of the signature dishes in the main course is Navsari Ni Boi. Celebrations are incomplete without the Pesu Ni Patra Ni Machhli. The menu also includes a grand feast for the Vegetarians.
Lovji Na Lagan Nu Custard
End your meal on a sweet note with Udvada Nu Sancha Nu Mango Ice Cream which is hand-churned Mango Ice Cream and an age-old favourite is Lovji Na Lagan Nu Custard - a Parsi version of the French Bread and Butter Pudding.
Head to this tastefully decorated and homely restaurant and celebrate with a traditional a la carte meal. Berry Pulao, Patra Ni Machhi and Chicken Cutlet are dishes you must order here. Round off that delicious meal with creamy custard.
This café is known for its Parsi dishes and in particular, the Bawa Nu Bhonu menu. The Chicken Farcha, Kheema Pao Pattice and Salli Mushroom will make you crave for more. The Patra Ni Macchi here is outstanding.
This simple and no-frills place offers authentic Parsi food and is the best place to celebrate Navroz, if hearty food is what you are seeking. Relish their Khichdi Patia Prawn, Smoked Mutton Pulav Dal, Tatrela Gosh Papeta and more. The Salli Boti and Chicken and Cheese Pattice are equally a delight for the palate. The Bread Pudding and Caramel Custard here, must not be missed.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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