Matki (earthen pot)

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A matki (small earthen pot) with another smaller pot 'budga' used to drink water
A matka (big earthen pot) on roadside at Chinawal, India

Matki, (or Matka) is the Hindustani word for an earthen pot. It is used all over India, as well as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as a home "water storage cooler". It has been in use since ancient times and can be found in houses of every class.

Cooling process[edit]

The cooling process works through evaporative cooling. Capillary action causes water to seep and evaporate from the mini-pores in the pot, taking the heat from the water inside, thus making the water inside cooler than the outside temperature. Hence it is used only during .

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