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Apr 4, 2001 11:38 AM

Parsi cuisine

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Hello, all:
Forgive my ignorance, but after reading so many posts from our friend howler, I am curious: just where does Parsi cuisine originate? For example, it's obvious that Punjabi cuisine is from Punjab. Is Parsi from a place called Pars? I doubt it.

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    Anil Khullar

    Iranian immigrants in the 17th century of Zorastrian (sp?) religion who settled in Gujurat and Bombay (now Mumbai). They are now mostly concentrated in Mumbai.

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    1. re: Anil Khullar

      That's right - parsi = farsi (the language spoken in Iran and Afghanistan) = persian.

      1. re: jen kalb
        Anil Khullar

        Correct, however the parsis in India adopted Gujurati
        as their spoken language. They were/are in unPC terms
        called "bawa"

        1. re: Anil Khullar

          Hmmm...any insight on whether Parsi/Farsi are in any way related to either Pharisee (the Jews who followed Moses) or farci, which means 'stuffed' in French (as in poivron farci=stuffed pepper)...

    2. I believe Parsi (-ism?) is a religion also or used to be...

      1. Without addressing your other question: The Parsis do indeed originate from Pars, otherwise known as Fars or Persia or Iran.