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May 8, 2007 12:36 PM

Please help re Indian food: What is farshan/farsan is?

I'm pretty sure this is a sweet. If so, is farshan and farsan the same thing? ANY assistance as soon as possible would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  1. Farsan are, I believe, gujarati snacks. Some are fried items that are dried and can be kept, others fresh, fried or steamed. Dhokla, khandvi, ragda (garnished fried potato patties), batata vada, patra (colocasia leaves rolled up with a spiced chickpea flour batter and steamed and garnished like dhoklas) and samosas are common examples, but there are lots more. Some of these are served at Dimple in midtown and I think other places these days.

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    1. re: jen kalb

      right you are - except that i'd love to know who really came up with ragda patties. i can't believe its the gujjus - it seems too hearty somehow, though the accompanying khatta/meeta chutney vibe is classic gujju.

      anyway - see if you can get dal dhokli at dimple. its a main course, practically the point of any meal - we used to love it growing up, the thackers from the first floor would always send some over when they made it and my mom could never replicate it exactly.

      1. re: howler

        I assume dimple is in New York somewhere...and if they really serve dal dhokli I would like to hear about husband loves the stuff and it might be the incentive I need to drag him on a long-awaited food-related trip there....(I think we can find some FF tickets somewhere...). Like your mom, I have tried to make dal dhokli and it is difficult to do.....I will never match DH's Mother's version, and she is not here to make it..:(