The traditional Indian steamer

indian steamer

The internet is doing its job really well, tracking whichever site I visit and then displaying relevant ads about what it thinks might interest me based on my last views. In particular, what I think acts as a spy is Facebook’s re-targeting. Yes, I can opt out having these ads displayed or block them but then I want to stay abreast of the latest trends.

I’ll just take a look, I assure myself, as I click on the ads that transport me to the online shopping wonderland. I gape at the colourful dishes, embossed ceramic pots, silicon moulds and designer storage containers. How I wish I owned these pretty things. I sigh, as my heart wants to own it all. Right at that very moment, my brain intervenes and sends signals to my eyes. As I lower my gaze on the screen and check out the prices, I move back on my chair with disappointment. Now I don’t think the price is unfair, considering all the hard work that goes into creating these things, packaging and shipping. After all, someone’s in the business to make money right? It’s just that at this point I cannot afford it.

It’s not good to focus on what one does not have. Rather one must be content with what one already possesses. So I think to myself that it’s true all these things are eye catching and attractive but why do we not fancy or cherish what we already have. I peep into my kitchen and spot the good ol’ aluminium steamer.

traditional steamer

This steamer belongs to my grandmom, and has faithfully served us regularly ever since it was purchased. From idlis to mootlis (rice dumplings) and patolis (pancakes made with rice flour), my grandmom has used it well to cook lip smacking traditional manglorean fares.

In India, apart from earthen wares, there is a lot of dependency on metals like aluminium, steel and copper as utensils. Step into any Indian kitchen and you will find most of the vessels fit into this category. Although, with online retail picking up, our kitchens are donning a colourful look.

These are the days of fancy steamers, made of silicon, plastic or bamboo. But in comparison, the traditional metal steamers are more robust, economical and available in various sizes. The best part about the indian steamer is that you could use them for creating modern dishes like steaming fish & veggies or dimsums with equal ease as cooking indian dishes like idlis. This versatility, makes it lucrative when positioned against its premium counterparts.

traditional indian steamer

Sometimes, the best things are found at the places we least expect them to be. While online shopping is convenient, you would find some great deals at your neighbourhood shops. Before you give into your desires to spend online, I’d suggest you check out your local steel center first.

P.S: I am not against shopping online, I have purchased things online. Also, there are several things that may not available locally. This post is just meant to draw your attention towards an item, unknown or long forgotten.


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