Parsi family lunch

This is a traditional Sunday lunch for a well-to-do Parsi family.

It features a lamb dish, dhansak, served with the traditional accompaniments of brown rice and kachumber. Dessert is the famous Parsi baked egg custard, or lagan nu custard.  This would make an ideal winter lunch.

As presented here it would serve 4 people.

It does not need a lot of time to make this menu.

I would prepare the lagan nu custard first, to allow it to cool once it has finished cooking. Once it was in the oven, I would then start on the dhansak, and once that was cooking I would prepare the kachumber, giving it time to be chilled before serving. I would make the rice as late as possible, so that it can go straight from the pot to being served once it is ready.

main course

dhansak

Dhansak is an ages-old Parsi family recipe. It has something for everyone – lamb, lentils, pumpkin, eggplant, and a creamy texture with no dairy products.
serving dish of lamb with lentil and vegetable

side dishes

Parsi brown rice

Rice with caramelised jaggery and onions. Lightly golden in colour, vagharela chawal is mildly sweet and fragrant from the whole spices. This is a step up from plain rice.
a small serve of Parsi brown rice

kachumber

Fresh and slightly acidic, kachumber is a chopped salad featuring tomato, cucumber and onion. It is one of the most common accompaniments to an Indian meal.
a serving bowl of kachumber

dessert

Parsi baked egg custard

A simple, yet elegant dessert, lagan nu custard is served at festive family occasions. It is made with everyday ingredients, just a few spices, and is not tooth-achingly sweet.
a serving of baked egg custard on a plate, with a spoon

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