9 January, 2017
Narkel kuruni: Coconut scraper
‘Haath Banchiye”, Careful with your hand, my mum’s cautionary voice still rings in my ear. Grated coconut in packets with sweetened and unsweetened options were not available back in the day. It was customary to use freshly grated coconut be it in curries or desserts.
We have since moved forward. Brightly coloured high tech gadgets are on display on my kitchen countertop. With a mere touch of a button they chop, pound, grate, mix, spiralise, knead, pulse in seconds. Each claiming to be faster, stronger and more efficient.
“Narkel Kuruni”, is a wrought iron contraption where muscle power instead of horse power is used to scrape the coconut. The main body sits at a forty five degree angle to the floor, balanced on a fork. The cutting edge has a disc with sharp serrated edges. Sitting cross legged on a low stool the Narkel kuruni is held firmly down by the foot. The coconut half is held with both hands and scraped against the serrations in a clockwise motion ( See the feature image ).
In a time when our days are choc -a – block full of deadlines, our schedules do not have any breaks and we make unrealistic demands from ourselves, gadgets such as these only belong to museums.
Sometimes taking a step back is not a bad idea. It is alright to accomplish the first five on the list instead of the fifteen. Hey you can skip the wrist exercise routine in gym that day as a bonus.
Friends do you remember any such kitchen gadgets in your mother’s or grand mother’s kitchen?
I’d love to hear from you. Recipe coming soon.