Meet Radhika from Chennai, who has adopted the traditional route, and uses only Bronze vessels in her kitchen. No stainless steel or non-stick cookware, due to their health hazards.
Here are some of the dishes she has cooked in her beloved bronze vessels:
Cheera Koottu in Bronze Nelakathu
Erusseri in Bronze Urali
Pongal in Vellodu Kodam
Payasam in Vellodu Vessel
Let’s see the benefits of using Bronze vessels.
The Bronze Age began in India in 4000 B.C and the metal has remained in our culture ever since. Our ancestors made idols, lamps, instruments, and many other things with this shiny yellow metal; especially cutlery. It adorned the kitchens of the Indian household until very recently when stainless steel took over.
Stainless Steel, invented only in 1913, had a huge impact on Indian life. It replaced Bronze due to its clean appearance and strength. But the metal is not ideal for kitchen utensils. There is a huge risk for exposure to heavy metal poisoning especially if the utensil has a scratch or damage. Bronze however has none of these disadvantages and is, in fact, the ideal metal for crockery.
Bronze is 80% Copper, and copper is an absolutely magical metal. Its health benefits include a higher RBC count in the bloodstream, copper maintains the nerves and sinews and it strengthens the immune system. Cooking in a bronze vessel infuses these benefits into the food that you eat. The presence of Tin makes the utensil strong. This is why there is such a wide range of Bronze Vessels in India.
Common Bronze Vessels:
Varpu: This shallow and round vessel has been used since ancient times in Kerala. Its large size allowed people to cook for huge crowds on celebratory occasions. It was initially used for making ayurvedic medicines due to the additional health benefits and ease of cleaning.
Uruli: This is a smaller Vattalam/Varpu. This is more suited for usage at home to make all types of dishes and payasam. It does not have handles like Varpu.
Vellodu: A type of metal known as White Bronze or Bell Metal. This metal is used for temple deities and religious paraphernalia. It is also used for cooking and is said to give a unique taste to the food.
Bronze utensils are also easy to maintain. Just wash the utensil after use and dry immediately. Every once in a while perform a deep clean in order to avoid the formation of the greenish patina.
Deep Clean Steps for Bronze:
- Wash utensil with warm water and dry.
- Take two tablespoons of baking soda in a small dish.
- Slowly add lemon juice to the baking soda until you can form a paste.
- Rub the paste in small circular motions onto the metal using a cloth.
- Keep rubbing it in until desired effect is achieved.
- Leave the paste on the utensil for 20-30 mins.
- Rinse with warm water and buff dry.
You can also do the above steps with vinegar, salt and flour.
Bronze is a unique metal that has so many positive sides to it. If you wish to add to your kitchen this magical metal, visit https://indsie.com/vessels.