Most of my readers know that I do not accept advertising in my posts and rarely promote anything unless I love the product . This is one of those rare occasions when I am moved to write about a great product , and am so enthusiastic because , besides other things, is made in my hometown Pune, Maharashtra, India by a talented potter and inventor called Ninad.
I first bought a large Uruli type serving dish for a friend and returned to buy more when she responded with high praise for the lovely dish .
Since then I have been buying his line of gas top / ovenware dishes . These withstand high levels if direct heat and can , unlike other ceramic cookware, be used directly on the stove top . They can also be popped into the oven and are beautiful enough to transfer straight to the table to serve in.
They are come in three useful shapes. A handi shape like a pot , a Dutch oven shape and a saucepan shape .
I use the shallow one for frying eggs, sautéing vegetables and making sauces . The deeper 1.5 liter Dutch oven I use for one dish dinners and soups . The great thing is, I start by frying garlic , onions, and spices on the stove top and carry on to prepare the base sauces before adding the rest of the ingredients and transferring the dish to the oven. When all is cooked it goes straight to the table .Just like a cast iron pan but less heavy and so much prettier.
I love using the dishes and the taste of food cooked in them. Ninad ships everywhere and his prices are amazingly reasonable for handmade studio cookware . Check it out at ninadspottery.com