The food chapter of Mumbai is vast and spans over communities and regions. One such cuisine that dominates the Mumbai food scenario is Parsi cuisine. The culture of the age old Parsi community is brought to light by a series of delectable fares, which are now on the menus of several Mumbai restaurants. While touring across the City of Dreams, do not forget to grab a share of authentic Parsi dishes cooked in several Mumbai restaurants. Out of the long list, we have picked the best 5 Parsi dishes, that are a must try in Mumbai.
1. Patrani Ni Machi: This is an authentic meal prepared from steamed Pomfret fish. Before bringing on to the plate, the steamed fish is topped with green chutney and wrapped in a oil-based banana leaf. Ingredients like coconut, ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, cilantro leaves, mint leaves, peanuts and tamarind paste are used to make this non-vegetarian dish.
Where: Jimmy Boy, Fort
2. Patra ni Kolmi: Another lip-smacking non-vegetarian fare, Patra ni Kolmi is nothing chutney stuffed prawns. The sweet and tangy taste of prawns makes it one of the best and must have Parsi dishes.
Where: The Cafe at NCPA, Natiman Point
3. Berry Pulao: Have you wondered that how will rice taste when cranberries are added to it? This is what the Parsi Berry Pulao is all about. Berry Pulao can be eaten in different forms- Kheema berry Pulav, Veg Berry Pulav, and Paneer Berry Pulav. Along with dried cranberries, a pinch of saffron adds to the yummy taste of this Parsi rice meal.
Where: Britannia and Company, Fort
4. Mutton Dhansak: This Parsi dish can win even win a non-foodie’s heart. The gravy is the most unique element of the dish, which is made from vegetables, toor dal, masoor dal, tamarind pulp and black peppercorns. The main course has occupied a significant position in the menus of Pasri restaurants across Mumbai. Mutton Dhansak is best savoured with a bowl of hot Berry Pulav. Dhansak can also be savoured with pav or Parsi breads.
5. Mutton Kheema Pav: Though a common Parsi dish, yet this non-vegetarian meal has been successful in winning the hearts of food lovers since ages. Marinated minced mutton is prepared in thick gravy of onion and tomatoes, which is then served with pav (Indian bread) tossed in butter. This quintessential parsi dish is light yet delicious, and can be savoured as an evening snack.
Where: Koolar & Co, Matunga, Mumbai
6. Akuri on toast: This spicy scrambled egg dish forms an intricate part of Parsi cuisine. Fried onions, ginger, coriander, chopped chilis, and black pepper bring a tempting aroma to Akuri. Akuri on toast is a healthy breakfast option and almost all Parsi restaurants in Mumbai have this healthy meal included in their menu.
Where: Kyani & Co., Marine Lines, Mumbai
While many parsi restuarants in Mumbai have reduced with time, some have tried to stand still overcoming all barriers. Drop in to those authentic Parsi restaurants in Mumbai and savour the meals being cooked in the Zoroastrian hosueholds since geneartions.