Noolputt Wara

Wooden press for making noolputt (steamed rice noodles). The wooden presses have a two legged base, at the center of which is a cylindrical hollow with perforations. Semi-cooked rice is steamed and filled into the hollow and the upper portion of the press is used to push the rice through the perforations into thin strands. The noodle-like strands of rice were collected in a heap on greased banana leaves, placed below the press. The wooden rice press was replaced by presses made of  cast-iron, brass and aluminium.

— From the collection of BP Appanna and Ranu Appanna