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9 January, 2017

Narkel kuruni: Coconut scraper

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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.




4 thoughts on : Narkel kuruni: Coconut scraper

  • January 9, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I saw the similar “gadget” growing up 🙂 I remember my grandma was using it whenever she needed coconut milk etc. Mine had the ‘seating,’ and it’s called ‘bunny.’ Don’t ask me why. hahaha

    Not a bad idea to relive the wonderful life we once had, which is also not a bad idea to start the new year.

    Happy belated New Year, Ratna. If I could, I would have loved to give you a huge hug for all your support. Until then, I’m sending xoxo with this comment 🙂

    • Ratna
      January 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      It is exciting to know that it has been in use in other countries too. I would like to thank you too for your solid support. I so appreciate it. Return hug to you. Lol…

  • Indrani Singh
    January 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Hamal dusti is made of iron and commonly used in Indian kitchen for pounding dry and roasted spices.
    Sheel bata is made of finely grained stone. It has a flat base called sheel for keeping any spices that needs grinding and a solid stony bar called bata , used for grinding . Sheel bata is specifically used for wet grinding.
    Indian traditional food tastes best when Hamal dusti and sheel bata are used……So friends look for them and add them in your kitchen….

    • Ratna
      January 9, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      You have a point there Indrani, I totally agree, nothing tastes better than freshly ground spice. Thanks for stopping by..

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