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Alan Delacroix Apr 4, 2001 11:38 AM

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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    Michael L. Apr 5, 2001 01:23 AM

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

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      magnolia Apr 4, 2001 02:06 PM

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

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        Anil Khullar Apr 4, 2001 12:49 PM

        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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          jen kalb Apr 4, 2001 06:32 PM

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

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            Anil Khullar Apr 5, 2001 01:05 PM

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

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              magnolia Apr 5, 2001 01:53 PM

              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)...

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