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.