Ever Used Earthen Pots? Chef Sanjeev Kapoor Shares Tips
- Ria Baidya
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
Earthen pots have been an intrinsic part of Indian culture since time immemorial, here's how to use them efficiently.
Utensils are an essential part of the culinary world. But they are not only limited to that domain only. We are super careful about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t. Did you ever put that kind of effort in your choice of utensils? If not, then you should start doing it as well. Recently Indian celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor shared the process of seasoning the earthen pot with his large number of followers across different social media platforms. Cooking in earthen pots has numerous benefits, he noted.
Earthen pots have been an intrinsic part of Indian culture since time immemorial. We have always seen these terracotta pots used as flowering pots or as a piece of décor in various Indian festivals. But long before the advent of aluminium and steel utensils, these rustic looking pots were used as cookware appliances in many Indian households. The popular adage- ‘old is gold’, somehow fits properly with the use of earthen pot as well. This inexpensive pot is bestowed with several health benefits and using them in daily life can also prove beneficial for our health.
Here are some benefits of cooking in earthen pots:
- Would help in maintaining the pH value in the body.
- Reduce the acid from the food which can prevent the breeding of harmful toxins in the body.
- The presence of iron can provide better circulation of blood.
- The lesser absorption of oil in the pot can help you to maintain your cholesterol levels.
Earthen pot is lauded in the culinary world for its innumerable qualities. Whether it is a mitti ka tandoor or a simple handi in which sapid dishes are prepared- the spices aren’t the only aspect of a yummy Indian preparation. The porous nature of the clay pot also adds a rich flavour to the dish, by retaining the moisture within the pot itself. Thereby, giving the earthy aromatic touch which is inimitable.
But before you start cooking or using an earthen pot, you need to season it beforehand. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor recently shared two methods by which you can carry out the process.
- Earthen pots can quickly soak water due to their porous nature. So, to retain the moisture you need to soak them in water for 8-10 hours. This process can help in steaming the meals and retaining the warmth.
- Take a pot and soak it in water. Once they are soaked for a couple of hours take it out.
- Place it on a heat stove to provide warmth. Then add water into it and let it boil for a minute.
- Then discard the remaining water.
- Your earthen pot is now seasoned and ready to use.
- Add some wheat flour to the pot and carefully rub on all sides. This ensures that there isn’t any loose mud in the pot.
- Later, dust off the excess flour.
- Warm the pot on a heat stove until it turns to ashy-black in colour.
- Carefully wipe the pot clear with a nice muslin cloth. Turn off the heat.
- Before using the seasoned pot. It is advised to cool it down properly.