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Indian Clay Individual Biryani Serving Bowl

Indian Clay Biryani Bowl
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Indian Clay Individual Biryani Serving Bowl
10 oz
20 oz
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Indian Clay Biryani Bowl
Indian Clay Biryani Pot
Indian Clay Biryani Bowl
Indian Clay Biryani Bowl
Indian Clay Biryani Bowl

  • About the piece

  • Care and Use

  • Curing

  • How they are Made

  • Recipes

There are many varieties of vessels, mostly called handi, for the cooking and/or serving of biryani dishes. Our Indian Clay Individual Serving Bowl are perfect for the slow-cooking dum pukht method which dates back to early sixteenth century, in which the dish is cooked and served in a sealed vessel. They are small for serving individual portions, and are even great for serving deserts or ice cream.

These Bowls are hand crafted by our artisans in Tamil Nadu, India with natural clay of the region, giving it various shades of reddish-brown colors. The Clay Pots are almost spherically shaped with a narrow mouth to allow it to be “sealed” with dough of kneaded flour and water. By tradition, there are no handle on the Pots so they have to be lifted by grabbing the rim or cupped in your hands. They are glazed on the inside using lead and cadmium free glazes making them waterproof, eco-friendly, and food safe.

Biryani is the ultimate all-in-one-pot dinner, and quite possibly the jewel in India’s culinary crown. Biryani is the kind of meal that could take several hours to prepare, as basmati rice is first infused with assorted spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves and layered with lamb, chicken, fish, or vegetables and a thick gravy. The dish is then sealed with a dough cover and heated slowly together until ready for service.

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Item Number: IND-2091-04 IND-2091-05
Dimensions (inches):    
Length: 4.25 5.50
Width: 4.25 5.50
Height: 2.75 3.75
Diameter: 3.5 3.5
Capacity: 10 oz 20 oz
How we measure  


These clay bowls are handmade by artisans in the traditional manner and as with most handmade products, the pieces may have slight imperfections in the form or finish of the materials. Sometimes sizes of same model pieces may also vary slightly, however, these imperfection do not compromise the aesthetics or functionality of the pieces and are considered normal and to be expected.



Our Indian Clay Biriyani Individual Serving Bowl can be used to serve, or even better to cook Biryani dishes. The bowls can be used in traditional or micro wave oven, open hearth/charcoal ovens, or over direct heat, and serve as a perfect serving vessel to go directly to the table for an authentic presentation. The clay does retain heat for a long period of time so be careful in handling them, and be sure to protect any surface on to which they will be placed. The bowls are also great for serving deserts such as rice pudding (Rice Kheer) or ice cream.

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.

Normally a Biryani dish is started by cooking basmati rice with an assortment of Indian spices such as turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, and cardamom and other spices along with rich ghee butter until the rice is very well cooked and infused with the spice flavors. Once the rice is done, the rice is layered into a vessel such as our Individual Clay Serving Bowls along with lamb, chicken, fresh seafood, or vegetables that were separately prepared, along with fried onions and other ingredients, covered with dough, and heated together in an oven, or more traditionally, on the charcoals of a fire. The covering with the dough causes the bowls to function as a steam cooker by trapping the heat and all the juices in the biryani, adding richness to the flavor. Eventually, the seal is removed, and the natural aroma of the spices and tender food is released for the pleasure of the diner.



The Bowls are dishwasher safe, however it is better to hand-washed the bowls with mild soap, as putting them in a dishwasher can cause them to absorb the detergent flavor. If the bowls are heavily soiled, fill the bowl 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.

Even though the Clay Biryani bowl is glazed on the inside, it should still be cured before its first use. To do so, 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 bowl on the heat or in an oven and slowly bring up the heat and heat it on medium for about 5 minute. Let the bowl 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 bowl, rinse it well under running water, and begin enjoying your clay biryani serving bowl. Courtesy of

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

Hyderabad Vegetable Dum Biryani

Hyderabad Vegetable Dum Biryani, a very famous Biryani recipe made with rice and vegetables. The process may seem tedious, but it’s worth to try. The Clay Vessel gives a unique flavor to the dish. This biryani can be even tried with chicken or lamb.


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