Parsi Dharamshala in Calcutta: A Short Film


May 25, 2020

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Born in Bombay, Jaimin Rajani is a documentary filmmaker and singer-songwriter now residing in Calcutta. He has extensively written about the Parsi cuisine.

The Parsi Dharmshala in Central Calcutta has been fermenting for about 110 years now. A historical marvel of art, architecture and culture kept under wraps, this heritage guest house is home to an assortment of Parsi gastronomical delights carefully being preserved by the Kitchen of Meher & Dara Hansotia.

Take a look at this short documentary on Calcutta’s long-lost congenial company to know more about the pedigree tracing back to Iran, Bombay State and Freddie Mercury.

Music: Raag Sindhi Bhairavi by Ustad Aashish Khan & John Barham Made by: Jaimin Rajani & Vineet Arora Colorist: Annway Ghosh Special Thanks: Shiraz Ali Khan Bachi Karkaria Recipe for Meher’s Special Cutlet: – Boiled Potatoes, Mashed – Boiled Eggs, Grated – Boiled Chicken, Shredded – Cheese, Grated – Mustard Powder – Chopped Green Chillies – Salt & Pepper For Frying: – Oil – Beaten Eggs For Egg Wash – Bread Crumbs Mix all non-frying ingredients. Make patties / balls out of the mixture. Coat in breadcrumbs, dip into egg wash and fry till golden brown. The Manackjee Rustomjee Parsi Dharamshala is located at the following address: 9 Bow Street Kolkata 700012