More than 10 to 15 legumes in one dish!
“Pallikaria” it is a recipe that has its roots in antiquity as it reminds us of “panspermia” and the Minoan people’s offers to their Goddesses.
“Panspermia” was an offer to ancient gods like Appolon and Hermes. They gathered a part of all the new year seeds boiled them together and offered them as gratitude for the new field crop.
In Crete, it is a habit that survives for thousands of years until nowadays. And is called “pallikaria”. It is cooked on the 5th of January in the celebration of the baptism of Christ. Also during the Lent before Easter.
Everybody should eat of this dish. Not only the family members but also the animals of the house included chickens and wild birds. They threw a plate full of pallikaria on the house roof so that all animals would eat. And in this way, they will thank and forgive the family owner for every mistake and sin he has made to them.
All these information has been taken from “Paul Vlastos”. He dedicated his life studying and writing about the cultural tradition of Crete at the 19th century.
Is it necessary to put so many legumes and seeds?
It is an easy recipe to make. After all, put as many legumes and seeds you have in your cupboard.