Karahi

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A wok sits next to a karahi on a Western-style stove. Note that the flat-bottomed karahi (right) sits on an ordinary burner cover, while the round-bottomed wok balances in a wok-ring. Karahi often have round (loop-shaped) handles.

A karahi (/kəˈr/; Hindi: कड़ाही kaṛāhī, Urdu: کڑاہی‎; also kadai, kerahi, korai, karai, kadhi, kadahi, kadhai or cheena chatti) is a type of thick, circular, and deep cooking pot[1] (similar in shape to a wok) that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It is used in Pakistani, Indian, Afghani, Bangladeshi, and Nepalese cuisines. Traditionally press-formed from mild steel sheet or made of wrought iron, karahi look like woks with steeper sides.[citation needed] Today, they can be made of stainless steel, copper, and nonstick surfaces, both round and flat-bottomed, or of the traditional materials.[citation needed]

Use[edit]

Karahi serve for the shallow or deep frying of meat, potatoes, sweets, and snacks such as samosa and fish and also for Indian papadums, but are most noted for the simmering of stews or posola,[2][3] which are often named karahi dishes after the utensil.

Karahi dishes[edit]

A small, decorative, copper-plated karahi (left) and handi (right) used to serve Indian food

Stews prepared in a karahi include chicken karahi, beef karahi, mutton karahi (usually made with goat meat, reflecting South Asian usage of the word mutton) and dumba karahi (made with lamb meat) and also karahi paneer (a vegetarian version).[citation needed] Prepared in a reduced tomato and green-chilli base, a karahi is a popular late-night meal in Pakistani cuisine, usually ordered by the kilogram and consumed with naan.[citation needed]

A balti, based on the food of Baltistan, is another dish cooked in a karahi.

An inverted karahi is used to cook rumali rotis.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kadhai". Indianfood.about.com. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  2. ^ Promodini Varma, Dheeraj Paul Indian Menu Planner Introduction Roli Books Private Limited, 1995 ISBN 81-7437-018-8, ISBN 978-81-7437-018-1. 192 pages
  3. ^ J. Inder Singh Kalra Prashad Cooking with Indian Masters page 28

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Karahi at Wikimedia Commons