15-Minute-Cumin-Potatoes – Jeeraloo

15-Minute-Cumin-Potatoes – Jeeraloo 2

15-Minute-Cumin-Potatoes – Jeeraloo A quick and easy recipe for people in a hurry. ‘Jeeraloo’ the 15-Minute-Cumin-Potatoes, are an office favourite at Dhiraj’s work-place. The recipe from start to finish takes 15 minutes or less and is very easy to make.

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Zoroastrian Genealogy: From Ancient Iran to India

zoroastrian genealogy

In earlier times, both Iranians and Indians were part of the same tribe identified as the Proto-Indo-Iranians belonging to the Indo-European family. With the roots in the Caucasoid, that is the Indo-European family, it then branches out to form the Nordics, Alpines and the Mediterranean. The Alpines bifurcate into Armenoids and the Iranoids that is the Proto Indo-Iranian family roughly around the 4th Millennium BC. They wandered and settled on the southern Russian Steppes.

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The Rise of Bombay: Contribution of Parsis to the World Heritage Site

rise of mumbai

The Rise of Bombay: Contribution of Parsis to the World Heritage Site  ————- By Conservation Architect Sanaeya Vandrewala.   In light of the latest inscription of the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco ensemble of Mumbai into the UNESCO World Heritage List and in-keeping with the theme of the previous articles …

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After attaining certain stability in Sanjan, the Parsis started settling in other towns along the coast of Gujarat. They settled in Navsari, Surat, Khambhat, Bharuch, Ankleshwar, and Tarapore while maintaining trade contacts with Iran. Records show that from 900 AD onwards the Parsis had settled comfortably in these towns and had become quite prosperous. Several years of peace, which had helped the Parsis survive and prosper economically and culturally were followed by 200 years of continuous disturbances. Despite these unfavorable conditions, the Parsis managed to keep their distinctive nature intact.

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Installing Fire in a Zoroastrian Place of Worship

fire temple installation of Aatash behram

Installing the ‘Aatash Behram’ in the Sanctum Sanctorum of a Fire Temple. Installing the fire in a Fire Temple, a Zoroastrian place of worship is treated like the coronation of a Monarch; in fact the Consecrated Fire itself is addressed as “Padsha” meaning Ruler. In a Fire Temple the installation …

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Collection Of Kindling For A Zoroastrian Place of Worship.

Collection Of Kindling To Make The Fire called The ‘Aatash Behram’.

For a quick recap, collection of kindling for fire temple is from the pyre while the corpse is burning and 15 others from the hearths of:         a dyer, a ruler, a potter, a brick-maker, a fakir or an ascetic, a goldsmith, a mint,  a blacksmith, one who makes armours, a baker, a brewer or distiller or an idol-worshipper, a soldier or a traveler, a shepherd, fire produced by atmospheric lightning, any Zoroastrian. At every stage of the process of collection of kindling for fire temple must be conducted by a Zoroastrian and no other person. The procedure for collection of the fires varies in the case of each of the 16 places from where that particular fire is collected.

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Parsi Migration to India — Qissa E Sanjan


As stated in the Qissa they were caught in a nasty storm. The Dasturs were thrown into consternation. They prayed for help and promised to build the Bahram fire if Bahram, the Yazata for victory, delivered them from this storm. Their supplication was granted and a gentle wind brought them to a point upon the Indian coastline. They sought refuge from the Hindu King Jadav Rana, which is believed to be the local ruler. It is believed that the King asked for five conditions before granting refuge to this migrant group:

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Fajeto — A Ripe Mango Curry


The clever lady washed clean the seeds and skin of the mango in a vessel of water; added some curds to this flavoured water, condiment, spices and voila! A delicious mango curry was born. This was Fajeto. She cooked some Khichri [a quick and easy dish mix of rice and dal boiled with salt and turmeric powder (http://www.mumbaiblogg.com/food/recipes/khichri/ )] to go with the mango curry and literally, hey presto! One of the most delicious combinations of Parsi-Zoroastrian cuisine was perpetuated --Khichri and Fajeto. To this day, I doubt if there is a better combination of foods.

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