Patishapta – flat yet stuffed.

Hiden behind Patishapta word is an Indian thin pancake traditionally stuffed with coconut filling and served during winter months. Stuffing can vary and Royal Spice restaurant in Kilkenny delivers this Indian delight filled with ground almonds, drizzled with honey, and served with ice cream.

Ingredients for the traditional recipe are plain flour, milk grated coconut, cardamom powder and oil. Patishapta is one of many varieties of Pitha, sweet with its outer layer made of flour and the inner stuffing made of different savories. Delicious and easy to make, this sweet dish is a real delight to those who are born with a sweet tooth.

The combination of soft crepe and sweet filling inside makes it so favorable among pithas. Pitha, pithe or peetha is a Bangla word that refers to an indigenous food and food tradition of Bangladesh and some parts of India specially Bangla speaking region of India. Traditionally pithas are prepared and served on special occasions such as receiving bridegrooms or brides, entertaining guests and arranging special get together of family members, relatives or friends. Depending on the type of pitha being prepared, pithas can be fried in oil, slow- roasted over a fire, steamed or baked and rolled over a hot plate.

It is interesting that the word  Pīṭhā, (Sanskrit) in architecture means “seats,” or “benches,” of the Goddess and are scattered throughout India.

It is recorded that in 1st Century AD, Romans eat sweet and savoury dishes of a meal called Alita Dolcia (Another Sweet) made from milk, flour, eggs and spices. In the 15th Century all over Europe meals that could be described as different forms of pancake are created by adding ingredients such as wheat, flour, buckwheat, or cornmeal to the ancient ingredients. But who first came up with an idea stays hidden.

All over the world, there are different names and types of this delicious food. English word pancake means “to squeeze flat,” and it is also a combination of word pan+cake, where pan comes from word “plate”, “to spread” and cake originally meant “a flat, round loaf of bread.” Now all you have to do is get yourself one. 🙂





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