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What are Pathare Prabhus?

Very few people know that Pathare Prabhus form an indigenous, colourful community in Mumbai, small in number (current estimate is about 56,000 across the world, mostly still in and around Mumbai) and yet significant in the early history of the development of Mumbai city and neighbouring areas. Although very little is known and established about the history of this small and introverted community, Pathare Prabhus seem to have travelled the length and breadth of Western India, from one location to another, persecuted by the locals and rulers alike, and yet trying to protect their traditions and rituals. They moved, most likely starting from Gujarat, going towards Rajasthan, then to Maharashtra

What is Pathare Prabhu cuisine?

Due to several reasons, some historical and some gastronomical, Pathare Prabhu cuisine got developed independent of the typical Maharashtrian, Malvani, Konkani and Goan-Portuguese cuisines. ​ Here are some quick things for you to munch on and get a glimpse of what we mean: ​ Lots and lots of Seafood: Unlike the Maharashtrians on the other side of Western Ghats, for whom non-vegetarian items meant either chicken or mutton, Pathare Prabhus developed a cuisine that focused a lot (and we mean, a LOT) on seafood due to their proximity to the beaches in Mumbai. ​ Adding non-veg in everything: Pathare Prabhus took some of the traditional Maharashtrian recipes and PP-fied them – that is, added non-v

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