Beyond The Clay – Reviving Culinary Traditions with Terra Cotta

Terracotta, a type of earthenware made from clay, offers a unique blend of benefits in cooking that not only enhance the culinary experience but also contribute to the upliftment of artisans and promote healthier eating habits. And we in India have a close relationship with terra cotta, it holds a special place in India's cultural heritage. In India we have been using earthen ware for over for thousands of years, with evidence dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization (3300-1300 BCE).Unfortunately, with modern invention of aluminium, steel and other cooking material, this old art form is dying, and with it are the artisan’s livelihood.

Our attempt to preserve this art form while advantageous to the artisans is especially advantageous to our health. Here are a few benefits that will not only add to the taste of the food but also your health.

  • Cooking in earthen post helps to retain nutrient: The porous nature of terracotta allows for slow and even cooking, which helps retain the nutrients in food compared to faster cooking methods.
  • Terracotta has alkaline properties: Terracotta is slightly alkaline, which can help neutralize the acidity of certain foods, potentially making them easier to digest.
  • Earthy flavour enhances food taste while minimizing the need for excessive oil: Terracotta imparts a subtle earthy flavour to food, enhancing its taste without the need for excess oil or spices and promoting healthier eating habits.
  • Non-toxic cooking with added minerals: Unlike some modern cookware materials, terracotta is free of harmful chemicals, ensuring that no toxins leach into your food. However, terracotta could leach small amounts of essential minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium into the food, potentially increasing its nutritional value.
  • So, by choosing terracotta cookware, you not only enjoy the culinary and health benefits it offers but also contribute to the livelihoods of skilled artisans and the preservation of thier cultural heritage.