Time to display a few cute things from my kitchen…..my new Possessions….I find them cute and beautiful … these are the Traditional Indian Cookware that I have been collecting since a year .
After a lot of googling on the Internet as to why to use Traditional cookware , where to buy, what to look for and how to use them , I finally decided to buy some stuff and experiment. I bought a few online . I purchased one from a local Organic Market and also bought another one from a local potter too. The micro nutrients from the materials used in making these cookware, make the food tasty and these nutrients are also required for a healthy body. Food gets cooked faster in these cookware.
Here they are:
My Cast Iron cuties :
Appa Chatti – This is the cutest one. Quite heavy .
This one is actually used for making Appams but I cook everything except Appams in this :). I use it to cook a small quantity of veggies for making chutneys (roti pachchadi). It also comes in very handy for preparing Tadka . I stir fry some soaked beans/lentils for a quick evening snack. I sometimes use it for making a small quantity of Aloo fry , Okra fry brinjal fry etc as the size is small.
Dosa Pan – Love the pan . It now has a smooth finish just like a non-stick pan. Requires very less oil for making dosas. Dosas cook quite fast and are tasty too compared to those cooked in a non stick pan.
Skillet – This one is also equally heavy .
Am yet to start using this one. I see myself preparing curries , vegetable fries and maybe chicken fry too. This is being seasoned right now.
All of these are very heavy and have to be handled like lil babies, so as not to drop them on the floor or on your feet 🙂 . Cast iron products are brittle and can break if dropped on hard surfaces and in turn break your floor too and also the bones in your feet :). Got to be very careful.
Clay Pot : I have been cooking almost everyday in this pot, on a gas stove top.
Usually , in rural India , these pots are used for cooking using firewood as fuel. After reading several reviews about using them on a Gas stove top , I went ahead and bought this one at an Organic Farmers market in the City. Very useful for cooking Dals ,Sambhar and Pulusu.
Kadai : Once I started using the Clay pot and got the confidence I started eyeing one potter by the road side, close to my place of work. This woman had a variety of clay utensils. Water Jugs , Curd pots, Pots for curries in different sizes, a flat thick pan with holes for making Phulkas , kadais . I bought this Kadai.
A kadai is much deeper than the Appa chatti . I have been cooking all varieties of vegetable fries using this.
This type of Clayware is very light in weight and have to be handled carefully. They will break into pieces if dropped on a hard floor.
Kal chatti :
This is my latest possession. In the process of seasoning.
I have started bragging about my possessions and experiments with recipes to my family , friends and colleagues.
Cooking using Non-stickware , Ceramic ware, Stainless Steel or Aluminium is no big deal. But when it comes to using traditional cookware one should first appreciate the benefits of cooking in these types of cookware and fall in love with them 🙂 . Next step is to learn how to season these types of cookware . Once the pots and pans are seasoned ,you are ready to start cooking . This is not the end of the story 🙂 . One should also know how to clean and store them so they last long and are ready for the next recipe. The only downside is that these have to be handled carefully.
I bought the appa chatti , the skillet and Kal chatti online from villagefair.com and peacockcolours.com .
Go ahead and revive the traditional way of cooking. Eat tasty food and also stay healthy.
Happy cooking !!