In Satara, this wooden masher
is predominantly used to smash fresh green chilies along with garlic and salt and makeThecha
which is ubiquitous meal accopaniment in these parts. Besides this garlic is crushed with it and used for seasoning. May be sometimes ginger too is mashed with it and added to the boiling tea. Basically anything can be mashed with it, cardamom, nutmeg. The long handle gives a good grip
. The woman told me that it would be great for mashing Pav bhaaji, ofcourse yes!
Then when I brought it home I found it very useful to extract juice and pulp from fruits while I was making the jelly. The wooden masher ensures an unadulterated taste unlike the metal masher that leaches a bit of metal into the food you are processing.
Yes and it serves as a nutcracker too, nutmegs in shell, walnut, pistas, etc.
Taking care of the wooden masher:
The wooden masher should be washed and oiled after use everyday. Wood stays sturdy and shinny when oiled well. Once you are done with using the masher for the day just dab some oil on your palms and rub into to masher like a massage. This will save it from chipping.
Ever since I brought it home and gave a place to it on my counter, visitors to my kitchen invariably pick it up and admire the craftsmanship and ask me where they can buy it. Right here right now!