From the Author
I am proud to say all of my 12 Cookbooks are printed and "Made in the USA". Sold on Amazon.com, ParsiCuisine.com and many other retailers.
I am the author of 12 cookbooks, a blogger, and a Software Engineer. I have worked at IBM and other hi-tech companies in the computer industry for the past 20 years. I have made my home in USA since 37 years with my husband Jamshed.
Living by ourselves as new-comers in the states, we would frequently invite our friends over for dinner. Cooking Indian food was by second nature. Everyone expected me to make the Indian dishes they were used to having in restaurants here. My friends wanted to know what spices were used in making our famous parsi dhansak dal, how did the brown rice come out so fluffy and flavorful? What is the secret behind the creamy and oh so soft lagan-nu-custard? What goes in this Chutney?
One day, Jamshed suggested putting my recipes online and sharing them for folks who were interested in learning to cook the food they had at our home. Excellent idea. After leaving IBM, I started my web design company and one of the sandbox projects was to put the recipes online.
More web design, blogging, photography and cooking followed. My family got the brunt of recipes tried and failed, we had to eat the concoctions since both Jamshed and I never throw food away, unless it is spoilt of course. We try to set an example of living the right way and have told our kids many times "just eat and appreciate the food you get, there are millions in the world going without food every day". Of course trips to India for visiting our family, were sobering and an eye-opener for the kids. One day my daughter (a third grader) came up and said "Dad, do you know so many people do not even know the taste of chocolate because they have not had one?" She was talking of the poor in India who could not afford to buy a chocolate.
My daughter's Girl Scout Troup leader and the girl scouts gathered toothpaste, toothbrushes and chewing gum to distribute in India. People there loved it, this was such a good experience. Thanks to the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
I would like to present an journey into the Culture, and Nuances of Parsi Cuisine of India. I would like to present to you my cookbook on Indian Parsi Cuisine. It is a coffee table book with History, Heritage and Anecdotes of the food.
This cookbook is written for today's generation of cooks and food enthusiasts. The cookbook provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine of almost 700 years back in the 13th century.
In America, with the tall pines and a cozy home with a lovely kitchen - I have developed a vision! Make Parsi Cuisine known to my fellow Americans and the rest of the world, till it becomes a household word. My vision is to make the unique diet and foods we have every day, popular in America. Anthony Bourdain is invited to our house anytime he wants to do a documentary on India's Parsi Cuisine.
In addition, my aim and effort is to maintain and preserve our recipes and traditions for the youth of the next generation. I am so happy, when I get a facebook comment, email or a tweet telling me they used the cookbook and made the dish successfully. It makes my day!
The Indian Parsi community is well-known, for its charity, philanthropy and supporting good causes. Their core belief is "Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds".
Did you know the rock icon and lead singer of Queen - Freddie Mercury, Harvard University's Director of the Humanities Center - Dr. Homi Bhabha , Los Angeles and New York's Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor - Zubin Mehta are all Parsis?
Right here in Boston, there is an iconic "Taj Boston" hotel, formerly the Ritz Carlton. It was bought by the Tatas. The Tata Company is one of the largest in the world. The founder of the business empire was a parsi - Jamshedji Tata. The Landrover and Jaguar automobiles are owned by the Tatas.
The Parsi connection to the British Royal family spans generations. Queen Elizabeth of England, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoy Parsi banquets held in their honor.
It is well known that Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, Cumin, Saffron, Cinnamon have health benefits. For example Garlic is known to lower blood cholesterol, Ginger calms the stomach, and Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent.