Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Winnowing Tray (Chata/Muram)

These type of shallow trays are used to seperate the husks from the milled grains by tossing the grains into the air. People in Villages are real experts of winnowing the grains. As a kid, I used to admire people when they winnow the grains with a rhythm of tapping the trays on both the sides , blowing the lighter husks up in the air and bringing back the heavier grains to the tray. I guess it is a very good exercise to your arms and neck. These trays are first smeared with a coat of cow dung or paper Koozh (paper pulp & fenugreek paste) to give a smoother surface and to fill up any holes in the tray.

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