Parsi anjuman (Parsi Dharamshala, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, Near Delhi Gate Daryaganj crossing, New Delhi)


In a nutshell:

A no frills Parsi eatery run by Parsis, located in the premises of a Parsi Dharamshala & Fire Temple in delhi, serves authentic & YUMM Parsi food.

Parsi Anjuman
Parsi Anjuman Dining Hall

Address & other details:  Parsi Anjuman

address and phone numbers
address and phone numbers

Meal for 2: Rs. 800 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

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food details on receipt (this amount is for food for 5 people - 5 items each)
food details on receipt (this amount is for food for 5 people – 5 items each)

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

For the uninitiated, the word “Parsi” literally means Persian. Persian is the official language of modern Iran, which is also known as Persia. The language ‘Farsi’ is also a pronounciation of Parsi. According to History books, the ancestors of the Parsis of India migrated to the Gujarat and Sindh during the 8th or 10th century to avoid persecution by Muslim invaders who were in the process of conquering Iran.

The paris follow a religion Zoroastrianism arose in the eastern region of the ancient Persian Empire, in 6th Century BCE by religious philosopher Zoroaster. The place of worship is called Fire temple.

In case u want to know more, u might click here – Delhi PArsis

This restaurant is actually the canteen of the Parsi Dharamshala.

Salad
Salad

The dharamshala (Guest House) has a huge building. They have different kinds of rooms totalling to approx. 50. This include Basic, value added and air conditioned rooms. Many people come here & stay for long till they find a place to stay & then move out. It’s more like home than a hotel.

dharamshala buiding
dharamshala buiding

The eatery is a canteen for people staying there. So its décor is basic & utilatarian. It has pieces of artefacts kept around the room the way they r displayed at someone’s house.

The canteen has a board on which u can find the room keys hanging

room keys hanging
room keys hanging

The waiting staff seemed to b on their toes. They did not talk much or smile much (inspite of my generous smiles) but were very very efficient and helpful.

There is a fire temple in the campus where non parsis r not allowed to enter.

fire temple
fire temple

There is also a banquet hall in the same premises that is given out on rent for family functions.

Food needs to b ordered a day in advance. Can b done in phone. There is no website of this place that we cud find. So checked Zomato for contact info. The phone number mentioned in zomato was just ringing.  Kept trying for 2 days and there was no change in fortune.

Patrani macchi / paatra fish
Patrani macchi / paatra fish

So the foodie in us urged us to go find a solution. So on a Saturday we drove to this place almost 40 km + 40 km = 80 km up down to find out. Reached there a bit after 2 pm. We found that they had 3 phones out of which one was out of order and that was incidentally the only phone mentioned on Zomato.

We met the two ladies who run this place. Loved the little conversation that we had. Hats off to the elderly lady for running this place so well, in such an organized fashion at her age. Respect.

We placed the food order for Sunday and drove all the way back.

D day

We had to mention the time of arrival and we entered the hall sharp at the promised time. We were allocated a seat based on the number of people we had in the group.

Food arrived soon after.

Everything was hot and fresh

It was just not the typical restaurant food. It had no feel of industrial assembly line kind of food but was like home cooked food. We all ate a lot but it did not feel so – I guess coz the dish had no extra oil, no short cuts etc.

Loved eating each and every dish and plan to go back again.

Dhansak is served only on Sundays.

Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:

Let’s start with Salad – this looked like mixed salad with the usual cucumber, tomato, onions and also with a citrus, lemon sized, orange colored fruit. The salad had perfect balance of salt and sour. Loved it.

Salad
Salad

We had our food with Roti – yes handmade roti. Why am I even mentioning that? Coz the rotis were amazing. Very very thin, super soft , served freshly made. Loved the rotis as well.

Roti
Roti

The other cereal food of the day was Browned rice and kababs. The browned rice had long independent strands of rice, very soft but dry ( unlike a North Indian / Kolkata Biryani). Loved munching on the rice.

Browned rice and kababs
Browned rice and kababs

The kebabs were veggie and meat mince pounded , made into balls, and deep fried. These were Not hot, medium spicy and very good to taste, like one we’d make at home. Rate this dish 4/5.

Browned rice and kababs
Browned rice and kababs

Patrani macchi / paatra fish was fish and masala wrapped in a leaf and baked. Outstanding.

Patrani macchi / paatra fish
Patrani macchi / paatra fish

The masala had grated coconut in it. Super loved the aftereffect of juices of fish, coconut, spices and the heat. This was the best ever patrani macchi I gave had in Delhi ncr. The one at sodabottleopenerwala is a fraction as good as this. Rate it 4.75/5

Patrani macchi / paatra fish
Patrani macchi / paatra fish

The fish was flaky, somewhat juicy & soft in addition to being very tasty.

Patrani macchi / paatra fish - cross section
Patrani macchi / paatra fish – cross section

Dhansak was the next item we had. This is dal and mutton cooked together with spices over a long period on low fire.

Dhansak
Dhansak

Really loved how the spices and the dal blended so well. The mutton, the dal and the spices made their presence felt – yet they were unified as a dish. Mutton was soft and tasty……rate it 4.25/5.

Dhansak
Dhansak

We were brave to order Salli marghi / salli chicken on top of the food above. It takes massive calibre to make a tomato base gravy so yumm and not tomatoeeeeee. Salli (crisp, deep fried , match stick shaped sliced potatoes) added unbeatable texture.

Salli marghi / salli chicken
Salli marghi / salli chicken

The chicken pieces were nice as well – soft and tasty. Rate this dish 4/5

Salli marghi / salli chicken
Salli marghi / salli chicken

Kulfi was like frozen sweetened khoya. It had icicles unlike the industrially made ice creams. Intense, robust taste with a very balanced amount of sweet. Rate it 4.5/5.

Kulfi

Kulfi

Overall rating of food averages out to 4.3/5

I wud surely revisit many more times. PLs feel free to write back.

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11 comments

  1. Mouthwatering, finger licking, amazing………….etc; etc;
    My dinner is due shortly, better be close to your meal in taste & enjoyment or I’am going to be one depressed/angry ‘bawaji’.
    Kudos to the Delhi Parsi Dharamshala’s manager, food & everything else that makes it so desirable.

  2. Brought back some happy memories. Have been there a few times.
    I like their enterprise of inviting others to visit and have proper Parsee cuisine.

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