Clay pots are generally considered a better option than plastic cups or glass containers for various reasons. Kulhads are terracotta cups popularly used across the Subcontinent and Pakistan. It should ideally be unglazed and shouldn't have colours on it.(Also read: Should You Cook in Earthern Pots? Get Back to Basics)
- Kulhads are biodegradable, hence can be thrown or broken, it won't be hazardous like plastic.
- They are cheaper than plastic or glass containers
- They provide an earthy aroma to the beverage, which no other material can provide
- They cannot be re-used, so you don't have to worry about the germs and bacteria lingering around.
- These kulhads are inherently hygienic, considering they are made by firing kiln, a type of oven having a certain temperature that is used to harden or dry clay objects. Basically, the kulhads are processed under high temperature ensuring a sterile cup.
While kulhad makes for an amazing cup or container for us, but there are certain things you should be careful of-
- Nowadays, kulhad making has given way to polystyrene and coated paper cups as these are cheaper and lighter to carry. The material used may be hazardous to your health. Hence, it is beneficial to buy kulhads from trusted places.
- Most of the chai wallahs and other vendors sell beverages and desserts in kulhads. In order to save a few bucks, some re-use the kulhads by washing them and making them look new. Once you are done using the kulhad, ensure you break them into pieces so no-one can use it again.
So if you are drinking your kulhad-wali-chai in any nook or corner of your city, just ensure that you are not drinking in a synthetic cup.