Earthen pot making industry disappearing slowly leaving behind nostalgic tastes
Chengannur (Alappuzha): As time passes, the traditional style of celebrating Onam also has changed. Earthen pots were essential for the Onam celebrations once, but it has now been replaced with steel and aluminium vessels and non-stick dishes.
Keralites used to buy new earthen pots before the Onam season. The pots were inevitable for storing banana chips, pickling mango and lemon and cooking other delicacies. The ‘Kadai’ dishes in star hotels are of huge demand now, but people have almost forgotten the goodness of cooking in clay pots.
Health and taste
In addition to the taste of food cooked in earthen pots, it was also noted for its health benefits. As the moisture in the food is absorbed by the clay pot, the food used to last longer without losing its natural taste and aroma.
The fish curry made in earthen pots is still an item of nostalgia for Malayali community. The delicacies made in clay vessels had a unique taste and smell.
Today, the earthen pot making industry is on the verge of extinction. About 80 families in Umayattukara and Iramallikkara used to make earthen pots. But only two families are now engaged in the craft now.
B. K. Unni, a traditional potmaker of Umayattukara, said that there is demand for only flowerpots, pongala pot, clay pots for funeral purposes and the like. The shortage of clay for making pots and the encroachment of paddy fields adversely affected the industry.