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    Question Concept of Paththu in the kitchen

    Hi,
    Could someone explain the concept of Paththu relating to kitchen preparations? Some preparations like Rava uppuma was tagged non-paththu while Saadam, sambar etc were considered Paththu.
    What is the theory behind this and how can we extrapolate this to western foods like Pasta?
    Thanks in advance.
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    thread reopened by request... thx..
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    Quote Originally Posted by kunjuppu View Post
    thread reopened by request... thx..
    FYI, there is an existing thread dealing on this topic. ;-)
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    saptha,

    we bend backwards to please our members

    there was a request to reopen up this particular thread, though i do not see any posting by the member who asked me to do the same.
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    Sir, I don't know what went on with the topic of pathu raised by Suma and moderated by you. Kindly arrange to delibrate on this and we all can share what we know. Where do I see participation of this topic. Thanks so much.


    yes, I am longing to know the significance of Pathu and pathu items. Such items if touched, one is asked to rinse the touched hand/[s]. On those olden days I was not knowing to clarify with our mother, grand mother etc. May be out of implicit obedience. As years roll on I started to think and that is why now "Pathu". Do we to be really concerned about "Pathu". Why? Even In temple madapallis the hand is not washed after touching "pathu" items. But I have seen "pathus" was so glorified by my mother and my elder sister and adhered to, being followed with, not such seriounss, with current generation females at my homes. Where from this concept arisen, what if we follow this, what if we don''t follow, what are the limitations under the concept.
    I request our esteemed members to share authentically.
    Thanks
    drsundaram
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    I request our members to go through the discussions on the same topic, a few months ago. (Paththu and Echchil)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kunjuppu View Post
    saptha,

    we bend backwards to please our members
    Nice one...

    sumaviab, pls go through this...

    http://www.tamilbrahmins.com/rituals...82-patthu.html
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    Dear Sri Kunjuppu, Sri Sapthajihva and Sri Pannvalan,
    Thanks you all for throwing more light on the subject. Thanks to Sri Kunjuppu also for his personal message.
    My original question was not about whether to follow or not follow these rules, it is about the definition of Paththu. Anyways, thanks for your time.
    Regards
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    Definition of Pathu

    Dear Sumaviab,

    I would like to share the little I know regarding the classification of Pathu in the kitchen.

    If we look at it, our food intake has enormous effect on our thought process. Naturally, we would like to keep our thought process at the peak as far as possible. The practise of Pathu has been introduced ages before only to bifurcate those food items which can be taken and those which should be thrown away. Here only the concept of Pathu comes in. The vessel we use, the combination of cereals, pulses, vegetables, etc we use to prepare the dish and the retention period, say a few hours or a day, has a lot of implications to contaminate without loss of taste. Hence, those items which are prepared, for example, sweets, will last longer than those prepared with salt. Here the essence is the time factor of how many hours the item has been kept without consumption. With this parameter, whether we are in the midst of a truly brahmin agraharam or in the most modern part of the globe we can identify items which are Pathu and which are not. Believe me, this has helped me wherever I was preparing my own food when staying in any country for months together.

    It is important that we should not bring in the petty economy of storing something to save a few pennies but attract indirect pulling physical and mental disturbances. In case we come to know of any new guideline regarding Pathu we can go deep within ourselves and try to understand whether it holds any relevance. If yes we can accept it or set aside as one more belief. We can be confident this way as we should be religious and not superstitious.

    I hope my little thoughts can open many windows in your mind as we all are seekers after perfection which is the ever eluding goal post.
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    The definition of pathu is not the number 10. It is actually "PATRU". I mean in tamil word patru means go and get attached. The quality of pathu items is when it is placed near non-pathu items, that will also consider as pathu. That is how we treat. Hope suma ji has satisfied now with the definition.

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    pann kalikkum kural veenaiyum kaiyum payodharamum
    mann kalikkum pachai vannamum aghi mathangar kula
    penngalil thondria emperumaatithan perazhage

    (Abirami Andhadhi)
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