An innovative invite from SBOW to attend their launch party has flashed lot of memories of my stay in Mumbai and also reminded me how quickly times fly. No one would have ever imagined that 11 month old parsi/irani café which is new for people of Delhi will take NCR people by storm.
SBOW which opened last year in oct/nov at cyber hub Gurgaon is doing exceptionally well and is popular amongst people despite being the fact that they serve typical Irani or I would say Mumbaiya style food. Their famous berry pulao, mutton dhansak and bun maska and irani chai is for people like me who have spent considerable amount of time in Mumbai and it is hard to forget the aroma and taste. The opening of second outlet at khan market was an obvious choice for them as it is centrally located and considered to be one of the posh market in Delhi and it currently is way ahead on the saturated upmarket of Greater kailash.
Parsee/Parsi are members of Zoroastrian community that is found throughout south Asia . They are different ethnically from iranis even though they come from same Zoroastrian community. Parsees came to South East Asia (Gujrat) around 8th or 10th century, while iranis came little later during 16th to 18th century. Predominately iranis settled in west coast of India and Parsees too were present in the same region.
Irani cuisine is more about rice, different types of kebabs and they also have wide range of desserts while Parsis have more variety in terms of dishes. Parsees also eat lot of vegetables and hence their meat dishes include veggies too.
Dr Rashna Writer shared: “Though both are originally Persian, Iranis and Parsis speak different languages, eat different food, look different and have a different sense of humor. Both groups seek the ‘true’ Zoroastrian vision.”
“Persians fleeing persecution, who entered the country a thousand years ago, were christened Parsi, after the Pars region, their original turf. Iranis followed much later in a mass migration through the 19th century’s second half. They answered to a generic surname, “Irani”, though true family names were Kermani, Yezdani, Khosravi, Faroodi, Jafrabadi, depending on their hometown.” (Source DNA http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/report-irani-or-parsi-what-s-the-difference-1240797).