Why cooking in Clay pot is healthy and tastes delicious?


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Our ancestors use to cook their food either directly on fire or use pots made out of clay. With the technology advanced, we have developed far better appliances and in doing so we have also lost the food's real taste and nutrients.


People in South Asia precisely use clay pots for cooking Indian foods. These pots are called 'Meti Handi' by the people of Odisha and therefore the secret behind the delicious taste isn't the recipe but actually the clay pots in which the food is cooked.


So how do pots made up of clay develop taste in food when cooking Indian style? Yes, granted, preparing food in clay pots maybe time consuming, but the food is, with none doubt, much richer in flavor and nutrients.


Let's discuss the advantages of cooking in a pot made out of clay.


Sweetens the food naturally:

Some of the meals require sweeteners to develop the specified flavors. For instance, for cooking meat, potatoes, fish, and rice, the sweetener helps soften the meat and reduces calorie intake. This is the main reason why herb tea and normal teas are still boiled in clay pots because it enhances the taste by using the natural constituents of the clay instead of any steel or other metallic utensils.


Preserves nutrients:

Clay pots for Indian cooking maintain the temperature and moisture content of the food by preventing the steam from evaporating. The essence of the food is preserved with the natural element of clay. It absorbs the warmth and provides the most favorable environment for the method.


Non – reactive:

The steel and aluminum utensils which we use nowadays dissolve in our food while cooking and are too risky for our health as they cause diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Clay being naturally existing material contains no such harmful material. A clay pot as you would expect are inert in nature and cause less reaction with food components.


Slowly cooks:

Experts say cooking food on a low flame, helps extract nutrients of the mea, and is an important step in producing the flavors. It takes time to cook, but a wise person once said, the fruit of patience is always sweet. Clay pots are great utensils which can be used for this purpose without burning the food.


Helps keep food warm:

Clay, by design, is a component capable of preserving heat which makes sure that the food is kept warm for hours. And there wouldn't be needing to reheat your food in microwave continuously. The radiation from the microwave could make the food radioactive and harmful to your health rather than taking advantage of it.


To conclude we should use clay pots in our daily routine to cook healthy food filled with nutrients and taste rather than using harmful aluminum utensils. Clay pots have various benefits besides preserving the warmth and taste as they also add up to the kitchen aesthetics.


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