Parsi Pastry

Relish the toothsome taste of vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg. Learn how to make parsi pastry.


For Date Mixture
9 oz. seeded dates
1/2 tblsp shortening
1/2 tblsp sugar
tsp cardamom and nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

For Pastry
3/4 cup flour
1/3 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tbs. shortening
vegetable oil for frying


How to make Parsi Pastry:
  • Date Mixture
    • Pass dates through mincer.
    • Heat shortening and add sugar.
    • When sugar has melted add dates and cook till dates are fried and sticky and mixture is soft.
    • Add cardamom and nutmeg powder and vanilla essence.
    • Blend well and allow mixture to cool.
  • Pastry
    • Sift flour, salt and baking powder.
    • Add shortening and blend well.
    • Add gradually about 4 tbs. water and make into a soft dough, kneading for 15 minutes.(When pressed with finger dough should spring back).
    • Divide dough and date mixture each into 5 portions.
    • Take one portion of dough and make into a small round about 3 inches in diameter.
    • Place one portion of date mixture in center of round and spread out to 1/2 inch from edge of round.
    • Turn the round into a ball pinching the edges together to seal in the date mixture.
    • Flatten ball gently and roll into thin round 4 1/2 inches in diameter.
    • Do the same with remaining portions.
    • Pour oil in a frying pan to a depth of 3/4 inchs and heat to medium hot.
    • Place one ghari in it and fry gently till one side is golden brown.
    • Ladle oil over the top while it is frying. Turn over and fry till second side is golden brown. Remove from pan and fry others similarly.
    • Serve it.