We just love how diverse the Indian food culture is. Food here varies by region, community and also by culture. Take, for example, Parsi cuisine. In India, the cuisine is a wonderful blend of Iranian cuisine, Maharashtrian flavors and British influences. According to history, the Parsi food culture in India developed around the 17th century – it was when the Parsis from Persia came to India and settled mainly in the western part of the country. Today you will find the Parsi community mainly in Maharashtra – Mumbai to be specific. In fact, a food path in Mumbai remains incomplete without trying the delicious Parsi dishes at the Irani cafes in Mumbai.
Here we bring you such an iconic meal recipe that occupies a constant position in any Parsi spread. It is salli boti and berry pulao. For the inexperienced, salli boti is Parsi-style lamb/mutton curry, which is paired with berry pulao (a rice dish) to make for a healthy meal or feast. Let’s take a look at the recipes.
Parsi Style Meat Curry Recipe: How To Make Salli Boti:
Salli stands for potatoes and boti means meat chunks; meaning it is a spicy and flavorful curry made with meat and potato. Nowadays you will also see people replacing meat chunks with boneless chicken. However, we have the traditional recipe for you here.
First make the masala with ghee, onion, ginger-garlic paste, tomatoes and some spices. Cook the meat in the masala and bring to a boil. Add cane sugar and vinegar and cook briefly. Then prepare the sali by cutting potatoes into thin straws. Then soak them in cold salt water and fry them until they are golden brown in color. Remove excess oil and serve with boti. And yes, garnish the dish with some freshly chopped coriander leaves as well.
Click here for the salli boti recipe.
Also read: 5 Non-Veg Recipes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Parsi Cuisine
Parsi Style Pulao Recipe: How To Make Irani Berry Pulao:
You can combine salli boti with roti and paratha. But if you want to put together a spread, we recommend combining it with berry pulao. Irani berry pulao is very similar to biryani, where you prepare a gravy (non-veg) with various masalas, mix it with rice and put it on dum for 10-15 minutes. And yes, do not forget to add berries and dry fruits – these ingredients bring richness to the dish.
Click here for the recipe for berry pulao.
What are you waiting for? Prepare these dishes and put together a Parsi spread for your friends and family. Enjoy your dinner.
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