A typical stone okhli like this with a flat base and short sides were often used for grinding wet spices. They were made shallow to easily empty the semi-liquid content out into a different container while cooking. An okhli is an integral object in almost every house.


  • Title: Okhli (Mortar & Pestle)
  • Location: Kharwa, Ajmer, Rajasthan
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Samrudha Dixit
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Stone
  • Stone Craft Technique: Dressing, Carving
  • Region: Merwara

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