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    Default Re: Where can I buy Kalchatti

    Hey all,

    A doubt..what is so special about this kalchatti?

    Do u prepare any specific dishes in this? Won't it take too much of gas to get heated up initially?

    Is there anything special about getting food cooked in this.


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    Hi shubini

    Quote Originally Posted by rajalakshmigopal View Post

    We use kalchatti to store spinach koottu,spinach kuzhambu,dals,curd,milk,Mango pickle(home made),any koottu,vaththa kuzhambu,garlic rasam etc.
    All the dishes will be because of kalchatti.
    Quote Originally Posted by Suguna Ravi View Post
    Kalchatti is used when you want prepare KeeraiKadayal wherein you mix keerai and dal. You also need Mathu to grind them.Grinding Keerai and Dal in Kalchatti will increase the taste like anything. You will never get the same taste when you grind the same with mixer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindhuja View Post
    Not only for spinach..For regular process of making dal too , start using this ..Sure you'll find a difference in taste...Do not cover tightly instead allow dal to cook in open or covered 3/4th and mash with wooden dal churner ...Sambar flavour is like


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    Dear Cindhuja,
    Are you using Kalchatti regularly?? When i wanted to get one from Srirangam, the shop fellow gave some instructions like soak the kalchatti in the residual water after cleaning the rice, etc etc. So was thinking twice to buy. Did you do all these Cindhuja??? If no, then I will get one immediately
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindhuja View Post
    Deepa,

    It is just an ordinary cooking vessel made out of stone

    It is not a canister to store, so once you are done , as always transfer the content to some other vessel

    I don't think it requires any prior process before usage..Only clay-pots are of that category..


    We clean it with the regular scrubber and dish washing liquid (no extra efforts)

    Attached are samples of kalchatti....but what we get in south are black/grey in color mostly rather than white



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    Default Re: Where can I buy Kalchatti

    Just called my granny and confirmed ...

    As like clay-pots this is not a tedious and time consuming process it-seems..But to remove the dust and unwanted particles we have to do the following

    wash rice and use the first water of it for cleansing this kal-chatti

    Immerse the chatti in this water(we call it kazhani) for one full day.

    After one day boil the chatti with the kazhani it-self(boil till it bubbles very much)..rinse and scrub perfectly...Wash 3-4 times in plain water and start using


    Regarding usage...

    It takes lot of time to heat, but once it attains the temperature the job getz done in minutes

    One more alternative is "Indolium chatti"

    This is similar to kal-chatti...But of less-weight..Very easy to maintain too...we have it @ home for nearly 20 years


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    Default Re: Where can I buy Kalchatti

    Cindhuja,
    Thanks for the information. Will buy one.
    Meenakshi


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    Default Re: Where can I buy Kalchatti

    Thanks a lot cinduja.
    Could you also please post the procedure on using claypot for cooking ?
    Also, this kalchatti is used only for keerai kadayal is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindhuja View Post
    Deepa,

    It is just an ordinary cooking vessel made out of stone

    It is not a canister to store, so once you are done , as always transfer the content to some other vessel

    I don't think it requires any prior process before usage..Only clay-pots are of that category..Will clarify and let you all know


    We clean it with the regular scrubber and dish washing liquid (no extra efforts)

    Attached are samples of kalchatti....but what we get in south are black/grey in color mostly rather than white


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    Default Re: Where can I buy Kalchatti

    Friends, additional info. They are ideal for storing batters, curds etc they won't go sour. It is ideal for storing rice in water at night - pazaya saadam.
    They are made in Namakkal & are sometimes sold in handicrafts exhibitions in Chennai. I bought 2 last year - but quite expensive. No need to transfer after cooking because they retain heat for long.
    Love,
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    Default Re: Where can I buy Kalchatti

    Deepa,

    It is the same procedure for clay-pots too..But the thing is you'll have to repeat it for 3-4 days..Immerse the whole day in "kazhani thanni"...wash well later....again immerse ...and so on

    Another way is get some greens (any keerai)...Boil it in the pot with more water till it bubbles well..Repeat the same for 3-4 days and start using it..In villages greens are not purchased ...they grow in the backyard..so my granny used to do like this..but here it is better to opt for the first method


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    Default Re: Where can I buy Kalchatti

    Dear Cindhuja,

    Thanks much for this useful information.
    Now, i can buy these kind of pots with confidence.

    Love,
    Deepa.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cindhuja View Post
    Deepa,

    It is the same procedure for clay-pots too..But the thing is you'll have to repeat it for 3-4 days..Immerse the whole day in "kazhani thanni"...wash well later....again immerse ...and so on

    Another way is get some greens (any keerai)...Boil it in the pot with more water till it bubbles well..Repeat the same for 3-4 days and start using it..In villages greens are not purchased ...they grow in the backyard..so my granny used to do like this..but here it is better to opt for the first method


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    Default Re: Where can I buy Kalchatti

    Hi all,

    I have heard the same procedure as cindhuja explained for using Kalchatti for the first time. It is just to remove all impurities in it. Normally my mom does something similar to steel and aluminium vessels as well.
    As for the use of kalchatti, in kerala, we use it normally to make moru kolambu (Kaalan), kappayum irachiyum etc. In old days when there was no fridge, they use this pot to keep food from decaying fast. Moru curry and certain other dishes will stay longer if kept in this kalchatti since it retains heat well. We can prepare food in other vessals (since kalchatti easly breaks when used in gas unless it is authentic thick ones) and pour into heated kalchatti to stay fresh longer. These r the informations i got from elders back home.
    I'm glad more and more people are interested in this. I was worried that next generation will have on idea on this wonderful product and it will vanish totally.


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