Angeethi is a stove having a container full of live coals and covered with a thin metal top or a grill on which the food is cooked. It is a brazier used usually for cooking in North India, Pakistan and Nepal. In an angeethi, the heat is generated by burning coal. It has glowing charcoal but no flame. The angeethi design is now being improving by the application of modern technology.
Lava rocks replace coal
In meethi angeethi cooktops, coal has been replaced by lava rocks. It has a cast iron burner that can be filled with lava rocks or it can also be used a regular gas burner. When the lava rocks are heated, they work as coal. They don’t produce smoke or ash. So they eliminate the disadvantages of coal. They bring all the benefits of the traditional angeethi like slow cooking, retention of all the juices and flavors of the ingredients, no burning of any part of the food, improved taste and flavor. They reduce the fat and oil content in the food and thus can be good for the patients of diabetes and high blood pressure. Such cooking keeps the nutritional values of the food intact as also its mineral and vitamin contents. The lava rock receptacle is covered with a grill or a cooktop on which meat pieces, fish or vegetables can be put and cooked or grilled.
One angeethi burner
Some manufacturers are now offering meethi angeethi cooktops with one of the three, four or more burner being a meethi angeethi lava rock burner, thus trying to support the best of traditional cooking methods. They promise even and consistent heating, and better barbecue results without the smoky flavor. The lava rocks are durable and the gas stove has a one-year warranty. The gas stove has sufficient space to allow simultaneous use of all the burners for cooking and grilling without causing any inconvenience. The stainless steel body has a toughened glass top. The nice-looking, smooth-functioning knobs are made of bakelite. The manufacturers also offer a single=burner meethi angeethi exclusively for grilling or barbeque cooking.
Not too much of competition
Various manufacturers now offer a four-burner gas stove, including one lava rock meethi angeethi burner, at prices of Rs5000, Rs6000, Rs7000, Rs8000 and Rs9000. The deliver may take about five days and the online shops levy charges for home delivery. Only a few manufacturers are supplying right now and there seems to be hardly any competition. But its popularity in many states in India and Pakistani is bound to attract more manufacturers soon.
The meethi angeethi is good news for people who still remember the cooking in their childhood on coal angeethi and wish that they get the same taste again. The new angeethi may not be as good as the old one, but it is as close as one can get to the old style. That should be good enough. It will make it possible for many people to fondly recall the old times over grilled kababs or crisp golden toasts and have a nice time, once in a while.