Pathare Prabhu Cuisine: What It Is, What Are The Popular Dishes & All You Need To Know About It

by Tejashee Kashyap
Pathare Prabhu Cuisine: What It Is, What Are The Popular Dishes & All You Need To Know About It

Often we come across communities that bring to us a treasure trove of unique cultures, dishes and cooking techniques. One such community is the Pathare Prabhu community which has a rich history that dates back to the 13th century, especially known for its food delicacies.

Delving Into The Pathare Prabhu Community

The community is known for its maritime heritage, and its cuisine is heavily influenced by the coastal regions of Maharashtra. The cuisine is also influenced by the cuisines of the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Konkan.

Although little is known about the community’s early history, Pathare Prabhus appear to have migrated from Rajasthan to Gujarat and subsequently to Maharashtra. In the 13th century, they finally settled in Bombay.

Pathare prabhu cuisine
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Pathare Prabhus are noted for their role in the development of contemporary Bombay, their unique rituals, a Gujarati-Marathi mixed dress and language, and a laid-back overall attitude.

But it’s their exquisite cuisine that stands out giving a culinary experience unlike any other.

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What Makes Pathare Prabhu Cuisine Unique?

The cuisine is a blend of Maharashtrian, Gujarati, and Konkan influences and is known for its unique flavours and spices. Having originally been from Gujarat but later settled in the coastal regions of Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, the cuisine is a nuanced potpourri of influences.

Pathare Prabhu Cuisine
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The cuisine is known for its use of spices such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, and ginger, which are used to flavour dishes like masalas, gravies, and curries. The cuisine also uses a lot of coconut in its dishes, either in the form of grated coconut or coconut milk, which gives the dishes a creamy texture and a distinct flavour.

One unique aspect of Pathare Prabhu cuisine is the use of special spice blends known as masalas, which are used to flavour many dishes. These masalas are a combination of different spices and are made by roasting and grinding the spices together. The Pathare Prabhu community also has a tradition of making their own pickles, which are made with a variety of vegetables and spices.

One of the most popular dishes in Pathare Prabhu cuisine is the Patodi Rassa, which is a spicy curry made with gram flour and a variety of spices. Another popular dish is the Bombil fry, which is a crispy fried dish made with Bombay duck, a type of fish found in the waters around Mumbai. Pathare Prabhu cuisine also has a variety of vegetarian dishes, such as the Gavar Bhaji, which is a stir-fried vegetable dish made with cluster beans and coconut.

Pathare Prabhu Cuisine
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Where To Have Pathare Prabhu Cuisine?

In recent years, Pathare Prabhu cuisine has gained popularity, with many food enthusiasts promoting the cuisine. However, there are not many restaurants in Mumbai that cater for this cuisine except Kalpana’s Kitchen in Borivali East and Dine with Vijaykars in Jogeshwari East.

A unique and flavorful cuisine that has evolved over centuries, it is a blend of different regional influences that will continue to tell stories of its rich history and cultural significance.

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