Written by Niloufer Ichaporia King, this beautiful book features over 165 recipes of Parsi cuisine.
It was around 2007, that this book caught my eye at Bloomsbury Books, our local bookshop in Ashland. The city of my birth, Bombay, had its name changed to Mumbai in 1995 by a political party that rose to power then. Seeing Bombay in the title itself was intriguing and a comfort. I opened the book at random and read the intro to the Crab Gratin recipe. I was overcome with nostalgia for a time past, a time I grew up in, and quickly purchased the book to take this treasure home.
It is so much more than a cookbook. It is a book of stories, of memories. It's just precious.
Fabulous illustrations by Niloufer's husband, David King, accompany the recipes.
Now, this copy of ours falls open on the Khajur ni Ghari page, a recipe I have made often, and with amazing success each time. Truly the food of angels!
The recipe for Ravo (Birthday Semolina Breakfast Pudding) is an all-occasion staple in our family. My daughter now makes it to perfection. Each time, we say, "oh this is the best ever!"
Krishna's Breakfast, with a fresh turmeric and ginger pickle, served with goat cheese is another favourite.
I am honoured to carry My Bombay Kitchen at Hill Station, and honoured to know Niloufer as a friend.
Link to an article from 2014 when Niloufer visited Ashland and Hill Station, written by Angela Dekker