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Types of Clay Pots for Cooking Indian

Charlene loves all things home related and has a wide range of knowledge/skills learnt day-to-day as a caregiver, home-maker, mom and wife



I love Indian food. I am originally from Durban and have Indian roots meaning I LOVE CURRIES. My parents literally loved any excuse to make a curry, Is there lentils? Let us make lentil curry! Cauliflower? Let us make a cauliflower curry! You get the idea...curry was and is life! My husband is a Capetonian who was used to Malay cooking, meaning spicy food was an issue, so it was an adjustment for him with my curry tendencies. However, 17 years later and he has officially been Durbanized, he does not even flinch in the face of spicy foods. As he upped his spicy food preferences, I had to up my cooking artillery and invested in arming myself with the best tools to create masterful Indian dishes for my spicy ‘meatball’ (AKA my hubby:)

Clay pots for cooking Indian foods are an essential part of utensils in a spicy- lovers cooking artillery. The aroma and flavor a spicy Indian dish carries are developed properly with pots made up of clays. These pots are extremely beneficial not only for our health but also for cooking food as it should be while maintaining the nutrients. Cooking in clay pots requires a lesser amount of butter or oils, as it conserves the heat and moisture content of the food in the pot. Clay pots give off a rusty and aesthetic farm look which acts as a beautiful natural serving dish, so it is an all-in-one dish/pot. There are many different types of clay pots and it is important to know which does what in order to get the correct pot for the correct food dish.


Different Types of Clay pots you need to know:

Indian dishes are being revived using clay pots currently after the scientific research and awareness about the benefits you can avail from them. Following are some of the Clay pots for cooking Indian foods.

• Clay pot or kadhai

Pots that are being formatted from clay in the form of saucepot with lids and have brown color naturally but can be customized into any other colors such as black, white, red, etc. They can easily cook a meal of 2 liters and are ideal for Indian dishes such as biryani and chicken karahi.

• Curd clay pots

These clay pots are used to ferment yogurt at home naturally. With the ingredients required for making yogurt, the curd clay pot provides an optimum temperature and environment for the process. It is available in different sizes and can be served with raita in it for the guests.


• Steel handles attached to clay pots

Some clay pots are made just like kadhai, but their handles are made up of steel to provide easy control. And they are covered with lids made up of glass to provide visual access for the chef. These clay pots have a capacity of one and a half liter and are available in different colors.

• Clay saucepans

These are special pans that are made up of clay to fry food. Clay saucepans are used for efficiently frying fish and making Indian dishes such as pakoras and samoosas. These pans require less oil and provide food with a taste of earthy pots, unlike the steel and aluminum utensils, which cause us more harm than good by only cooking the food fast.

• Set of clay pots

These clay pots are usually available in sets of three or more so that the chef could use them according to the food needed to be cooked. These pots are made by deeply heating them at a high temperature of 1200 degrees Celsius, at least two times in the furnace, making them durable and executing the colors.

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There are various other types of Clay pots for cooking Indian foods introduced into the market according to customer demand and it is evident why the request is increasing considering the varieties as well as benefits of clay pots. Using these clay pots, you can preserve the nutrients and the earthy flavor in your food with less grease. So, creating your spicy masterpieces will be more authentic and drool-worthy with tons of finger-licking flavor.

"Spice a dish with love and it pleases every palate."



Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on February 11, 2021:

Super tasty:) thanks Devika

Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on February 11, 2021:

ah im so sorry your tummy so sensitive:( thanks for interest Pamela

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 10, 2021:

I think Indian food is tasty and cooking in clay pots sounds a better idea.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 09, 2021:

This is an excellent article, Charlene. I didn't know Indian food had to cooked that way. I don't make mch Indian food as my stomach does not tolerqte it very well. Howevre, I really enjoyed your article.

Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on February 09, 2021:

Yes, it's great right! thanks Elaine:)

Elaine Byers on February 09, 2021:

I love Indian cuisine, great article !

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