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A FEATURE ON THE SIL BATTA – THE TRADITIONAL STONE GRINDER OF THE INDIAN KITCHEN

sil-batta-With the advent of technology, homemakers have shifted from using the traditional kitchen wares to something more sophisticated and hi tech. But there are still some wares that still can be found in the Indian kitchen, one of which is the stone grinder, traditionally known as sil batta. More than forty years ago, every Indian kitchen had the stone-grinder popularly known as sil batta. The sil was part of the household goods with the homemakers grinding the garlic and the coriander with their hands and the stone grinder. The sil batta holds its own significance, one it is a good form of vigorous exercise for the arms. So who designed the ubiquitous sil-batta, that indispensable part of every Indian kitchen? Was it designed at all? Or did one or many of our ancestors simply pick up a stone lying around by chance and use it to beat something on another convenient stone? Maybe it was not designed but became more of a convenience in the old days where picking a stone and potted vessel would grind the food items. But, by and large, the sil-batta is instantly recognizable – the type is standardized yet each piece is unique, with its own identity. And while the sil batta might have been replaced with the electric grinder, some Indian kitchens still boost of these small pot wares. But for the working women, using the electric grinder becomes all the easier. Kala Jadhav – NMTV News.

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