Pati is a popular Nicaragua breakfast or snack that is often made at home if your family is from “La Costa.” I was introduced to Pati from an early age because my mother was born and raised in Bluefields. Bluefields is the capital of the South Caribbean Autonomous Region in Nicaragua.
The origins of Pati come from our Afro-Caribbean ancestors, specifically enslaved Africans from Jamaica, a country from which a large number of the ancestors of the Afro-Caribbean ethnic groups that live in the country migrated to Nicaragua.
Black Power Comrades! For this section of Decolonize Yo’ Diet we are going all the way to West India. This recipe was provided by a comrades grandmother from our Agitation & Propaganda Team! We chose a very tasty snack called “Dhokla” that basically translates to fermented batter derived from rice and chickpeas. It is a very popular snack and street food in parts of India and can even be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or preferably just as a snack. One of my favorite things about this snack is that it can be served hot, cold or room temperature and it still slaps!