Uruli The Traditional Vessel | Cooking, Ayurvedic Uses | NatureLoC
Uruli is a traditional cookware extensively used South Indian state of Kerala and few other neighboring places. It is also pronounced as Urli and commonly made of clay, copper and bronze. It can be found in many traditional Malayali homes, which show them in several sizes, the small ones for decor and large ones for cooking in big occasions that require a big amount of food.
One of the best known traditional cooking utensils in Kerala is the Uruli which is made of brass or bell metal. It is a circular, wide-mouthed vessel with a polished surface. It is suitable for slow cooking and is capable of retaining the natural color and flavor of ingredients when cooked while using less oil
Uruli is a traditional cookware used in the parts of South India. They range in many different varieties from small to very large in size. Large brass Urulis are used in temples to prepare meals to feed a multitude of people every single day. Today, in small households, small uruli’s are used to prepare certain slow-cooking dishes like the scrumptious Prathaman and spicy Biryani.
They are basically round vessels that are traditionally made of brass or bell metal. It is the most preferred cookware among other variants because of the goodness that an Uruli holds. It is suitable for slow cooking and the best part of slow cooking is, the ingredients don’t lose their natural color and flavor even when they are cooked. They are capable to retain the taste of the cooked meal. It also evenly spreads heat that reduces the cooking time to a great extent.
Apart from cooking, Urlis are used in traditional Ayurvedic treatments. Naturopathic centers and spas use large urli’s to prepare their herbal potions that are used to treat various ailments. All the ingredients that go into their massage oils are boiled in Urlis and are left to remain soaked in them for several hours before the oil is strained and used for massaging.
Moreover, today’s art and interior designing have taken a different turn. As an effort to induce the traditional elements into our lifestyle, Urlis are used as decorative objects that impart a royal glow to an otherwise simple, bland setting. Urlis made from terracotta, stone and metals are filled with water and vibrantly colored flowers afloat on top. This makes a perfect centerpiece down the hallway, elegant, soothing and welcoming. Today enormous Urulis have found a place in posh resorts around the world for the perfect reason that Uruils reflect unique beauty and richness to the surrounding.
Sadly, most of our traditional vessels have been replaced with stainless steel and aluminium products (cheaper price and quality). Traditional cookware will always have a coating of tin to prevent any reactions with food and they are known to add to the nutritional value of your dish. There’s a reason why our grandmothers boiled and stored water in copper vessels and why you will still find traditional utensils like the Uruli in the kitchens of Kerala. Good cookware is an integral part of cooking and can have a far-reaching impact on your health.