Representative of its rich and colorful culture and heritage, Indian cuisine is a celebration of well-rounded, robust flavors that gather families together as they share their meals.
Serving dishes are, therefore, essential tools not just for presenting Indian dishes but for harmonizing the act of eating together. A staple in Indian food preparation and serving would be katoris. Katoris are small copper serving bowls used to hold a variety of Indian delicacies such as daals, curries, yogurt, gravies, and rice puddings.
These katoris are often used during festivals and other special occasions. They are generously filled with gravies and curries, and then placed on a round metal tray, called a Thali. The Thali is used for serving rice and bread alongside the curries and gravies.
Katoris are excellent additions to a dinner party’s table setting. Their simple, metallic construction makes a great accent or even center piece on a dining room table. Enjoy an authentic Indian culinary experience with these treasure-like bowls. No need for chopsticks or flatware. Take pleasure in the wonderful Indian flavors using the best tools, one’s fingers.
How to properly clean katoris is just as quick and easy as these bowls enhance the beauty of a table setting. These copper bowls can be hand washed using a solution of salt and vinegar that has been diluted in water. This cleaning solution is only to be used occasionally. For regular cleaning, one can use a soft cleaning liquid, hot water, and a soft, nonabrasive washcloth.
Copperware have antimicrobial properties. Copper utensils and cookware helped to prevent the spread of diseases. In many tests it showed that 99.9% of the bacteria on copper alloy surfaces (with 65% or greater copper content) were eliminated within 2 hours of exposure. According to research at Southampton University in the U.K., MRSA microbes remain alive on stainless steel surfaces for up to three days, whereas the same microbes on a copper surface are eliminated within 90 minutes.
Copper ware are prefered because it is durable and it has excellent characteristics. Copper cookware is one of the best heat conductors for all of your cooking. Heat is conducted evenly to the copper pan, allowing the preparation of a dish with less energy regardless of stove top type.
The ageless use of copper bears testimony to its myriad virtues and everlasting appeal. Its therapeutic value has been handed down to us through the ages. In fact, water stored in copperware is virtually the elixir of life. Purified, it helps to regulate digestion and cardiac orders, the basis of good health, as practiced by Ayurveda and Rishits from old Vedic times. It has been known for thousands of years that copper metal can inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Our Scriptures recommend drinking of four glasses of water stored overnight in a copper utensil every morning.
Rajasthan, the Royal patronage to arts and crafts in the days of kings and queens made sure that Rajasthan has a rich and unique lifestyle today. Freshly pounded red chilies and spices form an important part of Rajasthan cuisine and brass and copper utensils are still in favor in rural Rajasthan.