“Who wants to eat in a pattal nowadays” says Vikram Kumar who sells disposable plates when we asked him about the availability of pattals.
What is Pattal and what makes it special?
This Indian plate avatar of stitched dry banyan or Sal leaf also has pros apart from its biodegradability that makes us believe that it won’t lead its way to extinction. The essence of eating Indian food is only when it’s eaten on a pattal.
The tempting aroma of the delicious food multiplies when it’s served on a pattal itself having the fragrance of dried leaves.
Features of Pattal
The traditional ‘pattals’ (plates made of dry leaves) seems to be going out of fashion although they are biodegradable and have lost to its counterpart the convenient plastic.
Pattals can be trashed at any site without generating any toxic waste which is a highlight of this product.
Though slightly clumsy when using only single pattal, and prone to permeability when holding liquids, this sustainable container still upholds a lot of functionality.
Where Pattal can be found
Indians cannot forget the time 5-10 years ago before the popularity of plastic disposable plates had soared, pattals used to be present at every
wedding, religious ceremony, functions etc.
We cannot deny admitting that we tugged out the last bit of that yummy chat or gravy in between the stitches of the leaves in the pattal. This is the uniqueness of this simple yet functional design that we miss these days.
Varieties in Pattal
Pattal can be of varied forms across the corners of India. Some are plates having moulded containers for serving gravy based dishes; some are in the form of bowls for serving the famous spicy dish of India, chat which is loved by people all around the country.
Cost of Pattal
The cost of 100 pieces of pattal is Rs.50, making per unit cost
less than 50 paisa.
This makes it a perfect pocket friendly plate for its utility.
Size of Pattal
The usual size of cups
3.5 to 4 inches diameter and 11-12 inches diameter
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