Indian Clay Curry Pot

Indian Clay Curry Pots
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Indian Clay Curry Pots
Indian Clay Curry Pots

  • About the piece

  • Care and Use

  • Curing

  • How they are Made

  • Recipes

Indian Clay Curry Pots, or Manchatti, Meenchatti or simply Chatti, are earthenware pots which are very traditional in Kerala's cooking. They are present in almost every household, some handed down from generation to generation. They are also wildly popular in Malayan cooking. They are used in the making of fish curry and an important element in uplifting the flavors of any fish curry. Somehow, fish curry cooked in the earthen pot brings out the taste of fish curry to perfection.

These Clay Curry Pots are hand crafted by our artisans in Tamil Nadu and very traditional. The pots are unglazed, and totally free of any toxic materials or lead and 100% Eco friendly.

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Item Number: IND-2094-10 IND-2094-09 IND-2094-08 IND-2094-07
Dimensions (inches):        
Length: 12 11 9.5 8.25
Width: 10 9 8 7
Height: 6 5.5 4.5 4
Diameter: 9 8 7.25 6
Capacity: 3.5 qt 2.5 qt 1.5 qt 24 oz
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These Clay Curry Pots are handmade by artisans and very attractive in design. The clay may have markings and imperfections, however these imperfection do not compromise the aesthetics or functionality of the pieces and are considered normal and to be expected. Although the lids seat properly on the pot, they may not always fit perfectly so as to seal the pot as with metal ones.


Our Clay Curry Pots can be used in the oven, microwave, stovetop, of direct fire. They also serve as a serving vessel and can go directly to the table for an authentic presentation.

As with any clay or glass cookware, the pieces must not be submitted to drastic changes in temperature. The pieces should be allowed to adjust slowly to heat, letting the pieces slowly heat up until they are hot, either on the stove or in the oven. Likewise, you should also allow the pieces to adjust to room temperature before washing or storing them, and never sit a hot pot on a cold surface such as granite or tile.

The Pieces should never be put in a dishwasher as they can absorb the detergent flavor, instead they should be hand-washed with mild soap. If the piece is heavily soiled, fill the piece with warm soapy water and allow them to soak briefly, then scrub them lightly with a sponge or soft cloth. Never use metal or abrasive cleaners, and always try to avoid strongly scented soaps which can flavor the clay.

Never use metal utensils, as it can scratch and damage the inside of the pieces, using wooden utensils instead.

Before using a Clay Curry Pot, rinse it well under running water to remove any dirt left over from the manufacturing or shipping process. After blotting dry with a kitchen towel, fill the pot with with plain water, or if you prefer rice stock water (kanji vellam), and let it soaked overnight. On following day, empty out the water and wash it again. With a paper towel, wipe it with a generous amount of oil (preferably coconut or sesame) both inside and out. Put the pot on the heat and slowly bring up the heat and heat it on medium for about 5 minute. Let the pot cool completely, refill it with rice stock water or plain water, and leave it over night again. This procedure should be repeated for three days. On the fourth day, you can empty the pot, rinse it well under running water, and begin enjoying your clay curry pot. Courtesy of

The Indian Clay Cookware we sell is made by our artisans in Tamil Nadu Indian. It is a time consuming and laborius task. We hope you enjoy see the video on how they are made.

Kerala Style Fish Curry

This recipe is original of the Kerala region, and normally made in Clay Curry Pots or "manchatti". An essential ingredient is Kudam puli which also known as Gambooge, Malabar Tamarind, Fish Tamarind etc., can be purchased at Indian grocery stores, along with most of the other ingredients. It is a sour the dried fruit and is used as a souring agent in fish curries and other seafood preparations from Kerala.


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Sunday, 13 November 2016
Loved it..I was little hesitant to buy it as I was not sure how it`s gonna arrived. But it came beyond my expectation. Came in excellent packaging condition. Flavour comes out very good. Very happy with the purchase. Definitely going to recommend this.
Zainab Ali
Monday, 31 October 2016
Excellent customer service.. Very quick to resolve the issue and the pot is Great!! Recommended!!
Monday, 24 October 2016
I like my clay pot I didn`t use it yet .I`m going to use it during the holidays time. I will tell all my friends and family about the clay pot is a fabulous .
Angela R. Jones
Monday, 19 September 2016
This is really awesome!!!
Monday, 19 September 2016
This is really awesome!!!
Monday, 19 September 2016
This is really awesome!!!
Friday, 16 September 2016
very good in size and also weight.. good quality after seasoning doing great job
Wednesday, 07 September 2016
My very first clay pot. I love it. I`ve used it once so far, made a veggie stew. It`s great. It holds a lot and does the job beautifully. I can`t wait to make rice in it; I hear it makes really good rice.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Great pot. Great value!
Michele B. Grant
Friday, 24 June 2016
Sunday, 06 March 2016
Love this pot! Using this for 4 months now and flavor is excellent in whatever i cook. customer service is awesome.had some questions and they helped very well.Recommended my friends and they are going to buy too!
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Good for making curries.i love it!
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
My daughter ia at one with nature and the pot was for her. She loves it.
Thursday, 08 October 2015
Its a nice pot. But La Chamba far superior
Mohamed Aniff
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Promotes healthy cooking and brings aroma while cooking.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
It´s OK! The pot seemed very small. I have used it a few times and find it to be nothing special.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
It was a little smaller than I thought, but it`s the perfect size for me. Prepped it as described in the description section and it worked like a charm. Good buy!
Wednesday, 05 August 2015
So good, made my momma cry. I bought 4 of these pots for my mom to make her authentic, South Indian Kerala dishes. She found similar pots on her last trip to India, but when she tried to bring them back to the US, they unfortunately crumbled during the flight. As soon as the packages arrived at our doorstep, my mom brought a knife outside and opened the boxes right on our porch. Bubble wrap and foamy things were everywhere. She cried tears of joy and happiness as she cradled the 4 pots with more love than she did her 3 daughters. Thank you so much Ancient Cookware for giving my mom this little piece of home that she missed so dearly! (And for helping make me her new *favorite* daughter!) ;) For those potential customers reading this review, I highly recommend this product. It was absolutely created and shipped with love. There were no imperfections, cracks, or deformities. If taken care of properly (and with love), these pots will survive and provide nourishment for many generations after yours. Buy it! :)
Tuesday, 07 April 2015
I want to buy the next size bigger one, please make it available!!
Monday, 23 February 2015
I bought 2 of these, one to cook vegetable curries and one to cook only fish/seafood recipes.My mom has different size and shape clay pots for cooking all types of food and she set aside at least 2 pots only for fish curries. I am following her footsteps and just thrilled to cook in clay pots. It is the right size and color I was looking for. The service was excellent.
G. John