I had no idea about how interesting blogging would be. Some days back I wrote a small piece about the traditional aattukkal, the manual wet grinder that has now been replaced by the electrified version. My husband refused to buy the electrical grinder saying that idlies and dosais prepared by the manual grinder were superior in quality. I slogged for 26 years before he finally relented and bought one. The article was a leg pulling exercise and I had mercilessly teased my husband in it knowing fully well that being a man of few words he would not bother to defend himself. I put it on my school blog for my school- mates to read and enjoy. But wait a sec. I was not prepared for the outcome.
A good many of them reminisced on the uses of ‘aattangal, ammikkal,ural ulakkai yendirams’ and other traditional hand /manual methods of cooking. Some rued the fact that their children had not even seen one let alone use it. While a few vouched for the quality of food stuff prepared by the traditional method others congratulated my husband for standing up for a just cause and defended his opinion in the matter and asked me to give him a handshake on their behalf. One class - mate mentioned a community festival being celebrated in Kerala called AATTUKKALLU PONGAL where spices and condiments were powdered in the ‘aattukkal’. Someone claimed that their ancestral home still had one and their mother still used it occasionally. All this was fine by me but I had only one objection. All these ‘supporters’ of a ‘worthy’ cause were gentlemen who had not put in 26 years of faithful service! The ladies who read it were naturally appreciative of me. Any way the whole thing was interesting and I enjoyed myself thoroughly
Idli 'ma' from traditional attukal and 'mulakai podi' ground in 'ural and ulakkai' certainly make one go into raptures. I am a strong protagonist of Idli and mulagai podi combination. Chutney, Sambar and Gothsu are mere 'also ran' types.
my husband thanx you for supporting his stand.
Well, i have used the manual wet grinder, somehow still enjoy it.
My mom-in-law has one so does my mom. One thing both always agreed upon is they cannot replace electric one...
Some years ago my fatherinlaw purchased one elctric one ... though he says the idlis and dosas are good. My mominlaw does not agree so much so that she influenced my MOm and told her not to buy one!!
passerby55:i too agree that idlis and dosais prepared by grinding in the manual grinder taste excellent.but even servants don't want to use it.i tried coaxing one and all.but apart from me none would come near it tho' everyone wanted to have them for breakfast.
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