I had the idea of Clay pot Cooking (mud pot) for a long time. But due to some reason or other it was getting postponed.
Finally the day came when I with my husband and son went to a pottery shop in the outskirts of the city. "So here we are in the ruins of Harappa to buy a pot", my husband joked. I could literally see a tradition of making pots at its brink of extinction.
The shop looked more like a house and it had a distinct smell of clay. Pots were everywhere around us, even on the top of the roof, some well rounded and some broken.
I took a lot of patience in choosing and analysing each and every pot he showed us. I finally chose a medium sized well rounded unglazed Clay pot.
Advantages of Clay pot Cooking:
1) Cooking in Clay pot retains the nutrition in the food as the steam stays within the pot. I tried Keerai kadayal in Clay pot , and can smell the nice aroma and it was delicious as well.
2) The food is cooked slowly and completely and no need to add extra fat or oil.
3) You can cook almost anything in it and is even suitable for microwave.
4) The Clay pot retains temperature for a longer time as compared to steel utensils and hence no need to transfer it to casserole for later use or over stuff your fridge with the leftover.
5) Last but not least, it makes the food tasty comparing to cooking with other utensils.
Method for curing:
1) Boil water in a container and add rice to the water.
2) Once the rice is cooked, strain the rice and keep the left over water.
3) Pour the left over water in mud pot and leave it overnight and discard it the next day.
4) Repeat this procedure next night and continue for a weeks time.
5) on final day, boil water in Clay pot add few dal (split green gram dal or toor dal) and cook for few minutes.
6) Use wooden whipper and whip the dal nicely and throw it.
This method will help to cure and remove mud from the pot and make it ready for cooking.
1) Cleaning the Clay pot after cooking is also easy, clean it with a brush or scrub pad and wash it with warm water .
2) Do not use any soap or detergent as the Clay pot is porous and absorbs it and when you cook again it will get into your food.
3) For stubborn stains, take rock salt in scrub pad and scrub it nicely. Fill the pot with hot water and wait for half hour. Discard the water and wash it again.
1) While cooking use wooden spoons or spatulas and avoid metallic ones as it will not scrap the mud off the pot.