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A paila is a type of cookware that in several Spanish-speaking South American countries refers to a large shallow metal pan or earthenware bowl which oftentimes is also used as a serving plate for the foods prepared in it. Paila_sentence_0

Dishes served in clay pailas are often prepared in the paila itself by way of baking in an oven. Paila_sentence_1

By extension, the word paila is also used for the dishes that are eaten from it, such as paila marina and paila de huevo. Paila_sentence_2

An advantage of the clay paila is that clay retains heat well and keeps foods warm. Paila_sentence_3

Ecuador and Colombia Paila_section_0

In addition to being used to prepare the traditional Ecuadorian pork fritada, the large shallow and heavy copper paila which is used in Ecuador is also used throughout the country and in the department of Nariño in Colombia as an "ice pail." Paila_sentence_4

This is performed by placing the bowl on ice and adding ingredients such as fruit, which is stirred to form a variety of ice creams and sorbets. Paila_sentence_5

Chile and Peru Paila_section_1

In gastronomy, Chilean and Peruvian clay pans are used to cook cornbread and other specialties such as pan or "pan marina." Paila_sentence_6

Bolivia Paila_section_2

In Bolivia, especially in the Cochabamba region, paila is used to cook chicharrón (pork cracklings). Paila_sentence_7

Other uses Paila_section_3

The "paila" also refers to a Latin percussion instrument, also called paila criolla, "timbal" or "timbaleta". Paila_sentence_8

It is composed of two metal cylindrical drums, with a patch on the upper parts. Paila_sentence_9

It is usually accompanied by bells and woodblocks. Paila_sentence_10

It is frequently used by salsa bands. Paila_sentence_11

In Chile the word paila refers to something vulgar. Paila_sentence_12

It is basically used to poke fun at people with large or very pronounced ears. Paila_sentence_13

In Colombia the word is used to express that something is bad, ugly or undesirable. Paila_sentence_14

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