July 13, 2024

Modern appliances undeniably provide convenience and save time. For instance, a small countertop air fryer can cook your food faster and doesn’t require as much oil as an oven. And it still gives you that satisfying crunch you associate with comfort foods. But not all high-tech kitchen gadgets do a better job than their reliable handheld counterparts. Whisks, potato mashers, and cheese graters are all exceptional handheld kitchen tools that, in skilled hands, can produce superior results.

Another kitchen tool that excels at getting the job done is one you might not know about. This tool is traditionally made of wood. It has a long, sturdy handle and a thick, rounded asterisk-shaped head. Originating in India, It is called a mandyara (or a mathani), and the implement was originally used to churn cream into butter. However, it can also be used for a variety of other tasks, such as preparing curries and lentils.

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How To Use A Mandyara

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Close up mandyara – Md. Sala uddin Polash/Shutterstock

If you don’t understand how a kitchen tool can benefit you, you probably won’t make it a priority. A mandyara gives you complete control over churning, mashing, and mixing ingredients. It offers fine-tuned precision, essential for dishes that benefit from a chewy texture rather than a uniform paste. However, if a smooth puree is what you are after, you can do that with a mandyara as well.

To use a mandyara, it’s best to have your food mostly cooked and still hot. This is the most effective way to mix the ingredients while still maintaining an intriguing texture. If more cooking is needed after churning, that is fine, but most of the heating should be done first.

Start with the base of the mandyara in the center of your pot, ensuring it is fully submerged. With the handle between your palms, roll it back and forth with small, quick movements that engage your forearms. Move around the pot, making sure to get the proper consistency. There is a learning curve, so it may not feel comfortable right away. It may be a little messy, but over time, it will feel natural, and you will be able to keep all of your ingredients inside the pot.

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