December 16, 2015

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Urulis and Our Tradition

Tradition is all about the links we have with the best part of our past and the fellowship we retain with our ancestors. It can be anything, a strong belief that keeps you going through difficult times or a rich custom that keeps adding meaning to your existence. Whatever it is, there are certain objects that never depart from any part of tradition. Without these valuable objects, our traditional values would be pointless. For instance, sitting on the floor, eating all six flavoured foods served on a banana leaf, it sounds heavenly isn’t it? This is the scene that happened in most of our family gatherings, weddings and festivals until the buffet culture became a favourable alternative. Even the meals were prepared using traditional vessels like mud pots and wooden ladles. One such vessel is the elegant Uruli. The name Uruli is derived from the Tamil word ‘Urulai’ which means round. So, typically Uruli is a round vessel.

Uruli in cooking:

Uruli is a traditional cookware used in South India. They range from small to very large in size. Large brass Urulis are used in temples to prepare meals to feed a multitude of people every single day. Today, in small households, small urulis are used to prepare certain slow cooking dishes like the scrumptious Prathaman and spicy Biryani.

Urulis are basically round vessels that are traditionally made of brass or bell metal. It is the most preferred cookware among other variants because of the goodness that an Urli holds. It is suitable for slow cooking and the best part of slow cooking is, the ingredients don’t lose their natural colour and flavour even when they are cooked. Urulis are capable to retain the taste of the cooked meal. It also evenly spreads heat that reduces the cooking time to a great extent.

Uruli in Ayurveda:

Apart from cooking, Urulis are used in traditional Ayurvedic treatments. Naturopathic centres and spas use large urlis to prepare their herbal potions that are used to treat various ailments. All the ingredients that go into their massage oils are boiled in Urlis and are left to remain soaked in them for several hours before the oil is strained and used for massaging.

Uruli in modern decor:

Moreover, today’s art and interior designing have taken a different turn. As an effort to induce the traditional elements into our lifestyle, Urlis are used as decorative objects that impart a royal glow to an otherwise simple, bland setting. Urlis made from terracotta, stone and metals are filled with water and vibrantly coloured flowers afloat on top. This makes a perfect centrepiece down the hallway, elegant, soothing and welcoming. Today enormous Urulis have found place in posh resorts around the world for the perfect reason that Uruils reflect unique beauty and richness to the surrounding.

Novel idea of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Urulis:

With a lot of variations in the material, they are chosen with the intention to sync with the rest of the decor in the room. A new concept of making Urulis using Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) has evolved and the idea is catching up really well as this type is considered durable and cost-effective than its traditional brethren. Moreover, it is also easy to wash and maintain. Unlike metal Urulis that are prone to rust over time, FRP Urlis are competitive and are free from corrosion. For this reason, FRP Urlis can be placed in an outdoor setting as well. What could be more convenient than this? Uruli, a sophisticated product with a multidimensional use.


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