Seven ways to celebrate Navroz

“Nav” (meaning new) + “roz”(meaning day)  = “New Day”

The Zoroastrian Shahenshahi   Navroz /Navroze is on August 18, 2015.

Before the New Year’s Day is celebrated, there is day of Pateti on August 17th, 2015  Pateti  is the day of penitence” (from patet “confession,” hence also repentance and penitence). In addition the Muktads and Gathas are holy days in which parsis pray for their dearly departed. These are observed on August 8, 2015 – August 17th, 2015. Read some interesting memories growing up in India.

Commemorated in a grand and elaborate fashion, preparations for Jamshedi Navroz begin well in advance. Houses are cleaned to remove all the cobwebs and painted new. They are then adorned with different auspicious symbols, namely, stars, butterflies, birds and fish. New attires are ordered and made especially for the festival. On the day of  Navroz, people dress in their new and best clothes are put on. Embroidered  Garas, Sarees, Kustis and Topis (caps).

The doors and windows are beautified with torans (garlands) of roses and jasmines, bead torans are used as well. Color powders are used for creating beautiful and attractive patterns, known as chowk (in gujarati called rangoli), on the steps and thresholds. These intricate and creative patterns display the sanctity of the festivals. Moreover, fish and floral motifs are a favorite among chowks / rangolis and are considered highly auspicious.

Guests are welcomed by sprinkling rose water and rice, followed by applying a tili (tilak) from a traditional Parsi Ses. Guests are served Sev (a vermicelli preparation roasted in ghee and garnished with dry fruits) which is served with sweet yogurt and enjoyed by young and old alike. RavoMava ni Boi, Dar ni Pori, Bhakhras,and other confections are made in the home or pre-ordered from the favorite RTI stores (Ratan Tata Institute).

After breakfast, it is time to visit the Agiary or Fire Temple to offer prayers. Special thanksgiving prayers, known as Jashan, are held and sandalwood is offered to the Holy Fire. At the end of this religious ceremony, all Parsis take the privilege to exchange new greetings with one another by saying ‘Sal Mubarak’. Back home, special delicacies are made marking the lunch as an elaborate and delicious affair.

Various Parsi dishes, such as Sali boti (a mutton and potato preparation), chicken farchas, patrani machchi (fish steamed in a leaf), mutton biryani / pulao and dhansak dal, kid gosh and sas ni machchi (a thick white gravy with pomfret – see 2 recipes) jostle for space on the table. However, the most significant dish that forms an integral part of Navroz celebrations is the chicken or mutton dum biryani / pulav (rice enriched with nuts and saffron). Dhan Dar (plain rice and moong dal) are a must if you want to cook something auspicious on this day!

Desserts too are not behind in terms of variety, the most important being Falooda. It is a sweet milk drink made from vermicelli and flavored with rose essence. Lagan-nu-custard, or caramel custard, is another favorite on this occasion. The entire day is spent by visiting friends and relative and exchanging good wishes and blessings.

We hope you will cook delicious, mouth-watering food with the recipes, cookbooks and videos provided on this site.

Suggested Menu for the Navroz day:

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Breakfast 

 Parsi Sev Sweet Vermicelli (shown above)

 Parsi Ravo (Sweet cream of wheat)

BREAKFAST: Akuri

BREAKFAST: Akuri

Akuri

Lunch

Khari Maachi (served with Mora Dal Chawal / Parsi Dhan Dal ) Recipe 1

 Dhan Dal (Steamed Rice with plain dal) with Khari Fish

Fried Fish

Fried Fish

Tareli Maachi

 

Dinner

Chicken with Apricots / Jardalu ma Marghi

Chicken with Apricots / Jardalu ma Marghi

 Chicken with Apricots / Jardalu ma Marghi

Dessert

DESSERT: Lagan nu Custard - garnished with almonds, pistachios

DESSERT: Lagan nu Custard – garnished with almonds, pistachios

 Lagan nu Custard

Batasa – a favorite biscuit snack. Good with Tea or Coffee anytime! 

Batasa

 

10 thoughts on “Seven ways to celebrate Navroz

  1. Yes, yeast can be used to puff up bhakhras. I have experimented and the bhakras do taste different with a yeasty flavor. Add some cardamon, almonds to offset. Be careful of the amount of yeast, do not use more than needed or you may get bread like bhakhras.

    Maybe our other expert members can help out with some advice – please let us know.
    Rita

  2. Dear Rita, Lovely lovely menu for our New Year…I linked to your mom’s Lagan nu Custard in my post today, its the best version I know. Wish you all a happy and healthy Saal Mubarak!

  3. Yes, my mother’s lagan nu custard is so good. i am visiting her soon and look forward to her making it. She is 85 and diabetic. Thanks for the link, I will tell her too. Saal Mubarak to you and yours!

  4. Dear Gooloo,
    Happy Navroze to you and family.
    Over so many years you have been a “regular”, we really like regulars like you!
    Thank you so much for your support.
    Best wishes,
    Rita

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