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Beejo Kall

About

The beejo kall is a kitchen implement that was commonly found in the past in every Kodava household. It consists of two flat, circular stones placed in parallel. The lower one was immovable while the upper one was rotated by means of a thick, wooden stick attached to one end of the upper stone.  There was a hole in the middle of the top stone.

Uses

The beejo kall was normally used for dry grinding. Usually rice grains were put into the central hole of the top stone which was then rotated by means of the attached stick. In this manner, the grains would be ground into rice flour between both the stones.

At other times, spices and other cooking ingredients would be grounded into a fine powder by means of the beejo kall. This powder would then be used in the cooking process.

Materials

It is usually of stone and the handle is of wood

Variants

Depending on the fineness of the produce the top stone would be changed. heavier the top stone finer the granules would be produced

Tentative period of usage

Before and during the reign of the Kodagu Rajas and the British rulers

Tentative reasons for extinction

It is still in use in some old houses, although it has been largely replaced today by modern kitchen appliances such as the mixer grinder.

Physically located

  • Old independent houses
  • Ainmanes
  • Variants can be found with few collectors 
    • Papera Resturant

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