Golden Lentils and Fish Patia
The basic meal of a typical Parsi household on any festive occasion is a trio of rice, lentil, and thick curry called "Patiyo," pronounced Pa-tea-O and not a patio.
Optionally, there is a choice of a prawn patio or jhinga no patio if you prefer.
The Parsi Patiyo/Patia is a choice of fish or prawn/shrimp and not of any poultry or meat. But vegetarian versions are made up of eggplant or pumpkin kohru/kadu.
A perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spice makes it just right.
|Presented at Le Cordon Bleu London on 11th May 2017|
|Boiled rice topped with lentil that have a 'tarka' on it. Served with a patio of fish and drumsticks.|
|Often served as a vegetarian/vegan dish|
The Patia or Patiyo is also used in reference to a particular kind of pot used as a cooking utensil. It is the actual shape of the vessel that signifies the name. Wide and flat but with bulging rounded sides is the best way I can describe it.
The Greek language also refers to a very accomplished woman as a Patia! It is a girl’s name which literally translates to "highly intelligent" and is derived from the word "hypatia". That sounds rather interesting, no?
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