Today we will see how to season clay pot / cure manchatti using water. There are two main things which you should consider before buying a clay pot. The pot should be heavy and thick. When you knock it at the back, you should hear a ting sound. These two are enough to check a clay pot.
I have been using clay pots on regular basis for the past 3-4 years. You can make curries, Biryani, pulav, sabzi / poriyal, upma, rice and many other recipes.
Video for seasoning a clay pot:
Steps for seasoning
Lets see how to season a new clay pot. Usually we use rice kanji to season a pot but I have used water to do the same. You need not worry if it would work. Believe me it works since I have been using the same clay pots for the past 3-4 years and didn’t face any issues. This is 3 days process and also simple. First clean the clay pot to wash off dust. Now fill it with water and keep aside undisturbed for a day. You would hear a sizzling sound while washing the pot because of the small pores present inside the pot. There is no need to worry.
Next day, empty the pot and wipe it clean using a kitchen cloth. Now apply coconut oil or gingelly oil all over the clay pot both inside and outside using your hands. Keep it over low flame for 2 minutes. Then increase the flame to low medium and let it heat for 5 minutes. Now switch off the flame and let it come to room temperature. Fill the pot with water and keep it aside. You need to follow these steps for 3 days.
During seasoning process, there will be few leakages of water drops for first two days but later on 3 rd day there will no leakage. It indicates that the clay pot is ready to cook.
We are slowly introducing the heat to clay pot and making it more stable. After 3 days process, clay pot is ready to use. Initially for first few times, do not heat the clay pot on high flame. Before keeping it on the stove, apply cooking oil inside the pot and then use for cooking.
How to clean
After cooking, use a coconut fiber scrubber to clean the pot. Use a mild dish washing liquid to clean and let it sundry for a day. If fungus is formed inside the pot, then wash it with hot water or let it soak in hot water and then keep it under sun light.
I had also seasoned my curd pot though it won’t be used for cooking. When you season a clay pot, it becomes more stable and there are less chances of developing fungus. To remove the smell of food, just wash with hot water and keep under sunlight. By following these simple steps, you can use the clay cookware for many years.
The main advantage of using a clay cookware or Kalchatti or cast iron cookwares is that the food remains hot for long time and these cookwares don’t leave any harmful chemicals to the cooked food.
To make dry sabzi or poriyal, I would suggest to use only cast iron pans. I personally didn’t like the taste of the poriyal prepared in a clay pot. For cooking non veg curries, keep a separate clay pot.
Some of the clay pot recipes which I have shared in my blog,
- Easy Prawn tikka biryani
- Hyderabadi Veg Dum Biryani
- Mushroom Biryani
- Village style chicken curry
- Kozhi Mezhagu masala
- Boiled Egg Gravy
- Vegetable Dalcha
- Vegetable Kacchi Biryani
- Kathirikkai Puli Kuzhambu
- Meen Maanga Kuzhambu
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