Traditional Clay Chatti Cooking at Home & 3 Must-Try Recipes

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Cooking Curry Chatty in clay pots dates back thousands of years. Over 20,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers constructed them before agriculture even existed. Many cultures across the world have made use of clay in various forms.

3 Clay Pot Recipes to Make Tonight

Veggie Tagine with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Golden Raisins 

Look no further than this dish for a simple weeknight meal that you can prepare in under an hour and then set aside until you’re ready to dine. 

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F if you’re roasting squash. A rimmed baking sheet should be sprayed with cooking spray. A sheet pan with squash spread out on it is ready. Salt generously and drizzle a couple of tablespoons of oil over the top of the dish. Toss in the flour. Afterwards, roast for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the bottoms are nicely browned. Boil the squash for 2 minutes or until the top is golden brown to complete the dish.

  • Add the oil to a medium-sized skillet and bring it to a boil. Turn to reduce the heat to medium-low as soon as the oil shimmers. Salt and pepper the onion. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently and lowering the heat to avoid browning. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of browning.)

  • After adding the garlic, cook for a further 30 seconds. Cook for an additional 30 seconds after adding the ras el hanout and the tahini. Cook for another 30 seconds after adding the coriander. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt over the tomatoes before tossing them in. Another minute of cooking is needed before adding the chickpeas and raisins, vinegar, and 1.5 cups of the chickpea cooking liquid. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a steady simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for 30 minutes while frequently stirring to ensure that the liquid doesn’t evaporate too much. Add water by the 14 cups if it gets too low.

  • The chickpeas are done cooking after around 30 minutes of simmering. Taste and adjust the amount of salt. After cooking, you may need to add salt if you use water. Add salt to taste if necessary. Incorporate the cilantro by sprinkling it on top.

  • Serve by spooning chickpeas into serving dishes. Serve the chickpeas and squash together, as they go great together.

Chicken in a Ginger Soup Pot

With the help of earthenware, this delicious chicken supper meal was elevated to new heights! 

Directions

  • Cook 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small heavy saucepan over moderate heat until it bubble and browns around the edges, about 4 minutes. Add 1/3 cup of hot water and cook for three minutes to dissolve the caramel, stirring constantly. Removing the food from the heat is necessary.

  • In a medium Chinese clay pot or casserole, heat the oil. Once they’re aromatic (approximately 20 seconds), add in a few more chile peppers, garlic, and half of the ginger and cook for a few more seconds. Toss the chicken with the remaining two teaspoons of sugar, fish sauce, salt, and pepper, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Caramel sauce and onion slices are added to the remaining 1/4 cup of hot water. Bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer for about 8 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened somewhat, then remove from the heat. Stir in the scallions. Remove the pot from the heat and add the remaining ginger. Cilantro should be sprinkled on top and served.

Spicy Sausage and Mushrooms over White Rice

Chinese and Italian influences meld in this Traditional Clay Chatti dish. You can enjoy it with a glass of Sangiovese or Chianti on a cool fall or winter night.

Directions:

  • Use cold running water to clean the wood ear and shiitake mushrooms thoroughly. Fill a large basin halfway with water, then add the mushrooms. Soak for about an hour to completely rehydrate. After rehydrating the mushrooms, put them under cold running water one more time to eliminate any remaining grit. Slice into thin strips, blot dry with paper towels, and store in an airtight container.

  • Combine chicken, sausage, garlic, and ginger in a medium-sized bowl with the ingredients for the marinade: cornstarch; oil; fish sauce; Shaoxing wine; soy sauce; oyster sauce; and sugar. Make sure everything is thoroughly combined before moving on. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight, if necessary.

  • When the rice is ready to cook, properly rinse and drain it. An enamelled cast-iron pot with one cup of water should be used to cook rice. Thirty minutes of soaking the rice in water are sufficient.

  • Place the iron pot with the rice on the heat for 30 minutes. Bring the water and rice to a simmer over medium-low heat, with the lid off. Add the sausage and chicken when the soup is at a simmer. Spread the mixture evenly over the rice. Put the pot’s cap on and reduce the heat to the second-lowest level. For 30 minutes, cook.

  • The sauce can be made at this time: Put all of the ingredients into a small bowl and mix them.

  • The chicken and sausage should be done after 30 minutes of cooking. Close the lid and check again in 10 minutes if it doesn’t work.
  • Bring the pot to the table to serve. Then, pour half the sauce over the scallions and garnish with chopped scallions. Gather your ingredients into a large mixing bowl and begin tossing the rice. Serve at once.

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