Earthen Tea Cups popularly known as Kullad/Kullar are indeed a visual treat for Indians as they’re mainly used to serve Indian delicacies like masala chai, mishti doi, kulfi, etc. These mini delights give a whiff and flavor of the Indian culture. Kullads/earthen cups are a preferable choice as they’re biodegradable and hygienic.
Benefits of Tea Cup :
How to Clean:
Wash the cup with a soft bristle brush or nonmetallic scrubbing pad. Do not use abrasive scouring powders because they will clog the pores and make the pot useless. Salt or ash can be used as a non-toxic alternative to chemical cleaners. Sprinkle salt/ash into the pot and scour it using a scouring pad. Rinse the pot with warm water and allow it to dry.
If any mold forms during storage periods sprinkle baking soda inside the pot, then rinse with warm water using a brush to remove the mold. If clay pores become clogged, the pot should be cooked in boiling water for about 30 minutes.
Never use soap or detergent because the porous nature of clay will absorb the soap. The detergent may leave an unpleasant soapy taste and this flavor will leach back into your next clay pot meal.
After washing, make sure to store your earthenware in dry and well-ventilated areas. This will eliminate the risk of mold growth inside the pot.
If bacterial growth is of concern, dry the pots in a 200°F oven for 30 minutes before storing in a cool, dry place.