Rise of traditional cookware in modern kitchens

As we celebrate the glorious 10 years of Telangana Formation this June, we explore the significance of traditional cookware with insights from Mitesh Lohiya, Director of Sales and Marketing at Gold Drop.
Rise of traditional cookware in 
modern kitchens

HYDERABAD : Traditional cookware has become quite popular these days, with many people opting for these over non-stick and westernised alternatives. Telangana traditional dishes, in particular, are being given priority, and cooking with traditional cookware is seen as a healthier choice. As we celebrate the glorious 10 years of Telangana Formation this June, we explore the significance of traditional cookware with insights from Mitesh Lohiya, Director of Sales and Marketing at Gold Drop.

When asked about the importance of traditional cookware, Lohiya mentions, “Firstly, items like grinding stones help to coarsely grind spices, chutneys, masalas, and lentils, giving them a unique texture and preserving their authentic flavours. Pots with wide mouths and lids impart an earthy flavour to any dish cooked in them. The slow cooking process allows for even heat distribution and these utensils also retain heat. Traditional stoneware is ideal for sour and acidic recipes as these vessels don’t react with food, preserving the taste and nutrition of the dishes. Different variations of these utensils have been part of traditional Indian cuisine for generations.”

Each type of traditional cookware has health benefits and promotes sustainability. Lohiya explains, “Traditional materials like clay pots and stoneware add minerals to food, while cast iron cookware adds nutrients. These cookware options are eco-friendly, durable, and do not leach chemicals.”

Regarding the cooking process, he adds, “Traditional cookware retains heat, reducing the need for reheating. Nutrients, flavour, and texture of food are often lost during reheating, which can be avoided with traditional cookware.”

Discussing the historical significance, Lohiya notes, “The availability of quality stone, clay, and minerals, along with skilled artisans and South India’s rich heritage of spices, has left a lasting impact on cuisine and cookware choices. Ancestral wisdom on seasoning and maintaining these materials gives traditional cookware its unique features.”

On how to incorporate these into daily life, he advises, “Most traditional cookware is adaptable to gas burners in modern kitchens. Local markets across India have always offered traditional cookware, and farmer markets and village fairs allow consumers to buy directly from the makers. Modern retail and specialty stores also stock traditional kitchen implements. Chefs, home cooks, influencers, and health-conscious individuals recognising the benefits of traditional cookware can help build awareness and bring these implements back into our kitchens.”

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