The familiar sound of grinding spices with a ‘haman’ and ‘dista’ – brings back a galore of good old memories! Known as the mortar and pestle, this culinary tool has been in use since 35,000 B.C.
As Indians, we love our food! And by food, we are true spice lovers! We like our spices being grounded in the old way to date! Invariably, the mortar and pestle still make their way even into a modern Indian kitchen.
The way this kitchenware grinds spices remains unparalleled. The most potent of the spicy aromas are retained, and voila! Our very own garam masala itself came from this fine crush through the ‘haman’ and ‘dista’!
Remember, how our grannies used to suave their culinary skills to prepare mouth lacquering dishes for us? Yeah! Courtesy, the mortar and pestle.
It is said that in ancient times, mortar and pestle were used for medicinal purposes. Chemists and ancient sages used to crush various unique herbs with handmade mortar-pestles and used that paste to cure several illnesses!
The design of this age-old culinary tool remains more or less the same till date, however, the purpose of utilizing it has changed somewhat! Passionate chefs today use it for preparing serious traditional dishes of the Indian cuisine.
Today, the old world aura of the haman-dista, its very Indianness, is adored by Indian culture pioneers. And why wouldn’t they?
The very structure of this essential culinary projects a strong character carrying our heritage at its very core! Being a must-have tool in our nani’s rasoi, this product truly is nostalgic! India Imprints understands the very sentiment that remains attached with it.
If you want to explore the real India, then everything starting from our pottery to our kitchenware (handmade) cannot be ignored. The mortar and pestle thus becomes one of a kind legacy in depicting our tradition.