They are a joy to behold, but need a lot of TLC. They have to be handled gently and you have be careful not to break their hearts or use any harshness with them. They are like little sponges and will soak everything in. Work with them and treat them well and gradually their rough edges will smoothen out and they will acquire a smooth polished sheen.
They are very old-fashioned and charming and people are very enamoured when they see them. Lavish love and care on them and you will be gratified by their performance.
Pay attention to them, take pride in them, coax the best out of them - and they will be with you forever.
These little beauties are the latest addition to our cookware family! Yes, I love them almost as much as my other babies!
stone cooking pots: Kalchatti
I believe they are made out of soapstone, which is very soft stone. The art of making Kalchattis is a dying artform and these chattis are not available in stores that I checked out in Chennai. Perhaps they are available in other parts of Tamilnadu/Kerala.
When they are new, they are a pale gray in color and are very porous. They have to be seasoned with salt or repeatedly rinsed in starchy water - such as the water from washing rice - to close the pores. When they are seasoned, they turn dark in color and also become denser. The pores get sealed and they become less absorbent.
The flavor of cooking in these stone vessels in unbelievable. Vathral Kolumbu, Avial, Molagootal, Mor Kozhambu - all traditional south indian staples, are all elevated to a sublime experience when they are cooked in this vessel.
Kalchattis - another view