small plate on the stove

14-IV-2011 17:28

Typical only here (and in the neighborhood). It's about 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter, like this:

The reason for this is coffee. It is mostly cooked in a džezva, or a small metal cup, of 0,5 or 1 liter. Boiling half a liter of water in any larger pot would make no sense, and would create problems when pouring into cups. Heating such a small vessel on a larger plate would waste energy. Which is why you can recognize a stove made for this market simply by looking for this small plate.