A mortar and pestle made from metal is known as hamam dasta. It is specifically used to crush dry spices like turmeric, chilli and coriander seeds, which is done once in a month. These spice powders are stored in containers and used in everyday food preparations. Apart from crushing spices, this hamam dasta was also used to grind smaller quantities of pulses.


  • Title: Hamam dasta (Mortar & Pestle)
  • Location: Dhoj, Faridabad, Haryana
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Rishav Jain, Ben Cartwright and Radha Devpura
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Metal (Iron)
  • Region: Mewat
  • Metal Craft Technique: Beating, Casting, Welding

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