Chaekala or Saekala

An ain manæ kitchen was equipped with a range of terracotta vessels made by local potters who went from house to house taking orders, returning with the finished goods. The kumbara (potter) was part of the extended community of a nāḍë (village) which included the airi (carpenter); kolla (blacksmith); mæda (drummers and basket-weavers) and poḷeyas (farm workers).

At putari, the harvest festival, each of these communities brought new vessels and utensils for domestic use as well as agricultural implements to an ain manæ, thereby being incorporated into the rituals and ceremonies of the harvest, signifying the integrated and interdependent spirit of the village. Originally crafted from māmbaṭṭa (clay), with increased prosperity, these cooking and storage vessels were later made in copper, bell metal and brass, a good collection signifying the wealth of a family.

Chækala or Sækala
An indispensable part of the Kodava kitchen, the chækala is a multi-purpose steam cooker, used to make pāpuṭṭë, kaḍambuṭṭë, nūlpuṭṭë and taliyapuṭṭë. The rounded bottom section holds
water, above which a pierced separator allows steam to rise and cook the food placed on it. The lid of the terracotta version in the image also served as a plate. The rounded bottom rests on a ring of woven cane known as tekkë.
From the collection of BP Appanna and Ranu Appanna