Ancient India made the use of earthenware for storing water and for cooking food. With changing times and technology, the use of earthen cookware has diminished. Glancing over the benefits of earthen cookware will help us know why our ancestors were so healthy and wise.
Clay contains about 40% of natural water and minerals like Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus, and Calcium. Hence earthenware which is made up of clay is non-toxic and rich.
Porous Nature of Clay
As clay is porous in nature, it enhances the cooking process. The heat and moisture are allowed to circulate throughout the food. Hence the overall cooking process is slowed down. Though the food is cooked slowly, it avoids burning of the dishes. This means that you have to be a little more patient while your food is being cooked in an earthen cookware.
Authentic Flavourful Food
Though food will be served late to you, the dishes will be rich in flavour. This is because all the aroma and moisture stays in the food, thus enhancing the flavour of the dish. Meat cooked in earthenware is tender, juicy and rich in taste along with an earthy flavour.
Health Benefits of Cooking in Earthenware
Cooking in earthen cookware ensures inferior usage of oil for cooking. Thus it reduces the fat contents in your meal and the minerals included in clay improve the nutrition of the food.
Types of Earthen (Clay) Cookware Available in the Market
Following are the types of earthen cookware products available to buy in the market.
It is always better to return to our basic tradition and replacing our modern cooker with a clay cooker. In modern cookers, excessive pressure breaks the nutrition of our food.
Clay cooker ensures that the food is being cooked in adequate amounts of pressure, thus making the food rich in nutrients.
A tawa is an essential in every household for cooking parathas and chapatis. Using a clay tawa will ensure less usage of oil in your parathas and thus will reduce the fat content of your food. The non-stick range of clay tawa available in the market prevents the food from sticking to the pan and thus helps in the easy cooking of chapattis. It also ensures easy cleaning of the tawa as the food does not adhere to the surface.