Dhading folks revive traditional grinder, Dhiki

By Murari Adhikari

dhikiDhading, June 17: At a time when modern technology is taking over traditional appliances, Dhiki, a traditional mortar pestle, has made its comeback at a Dhading district community. 

The taste of Sel roti, traditional Nepali bread becomes delicious if rice flour used to make this bread is pounded by a Dhiki, said Saraswati Bhandari, a local of Sankosh Damgade in Dhading.
Not only Bhandari but everyone who have tasted the Sel roti prepared by Dhiki pounded rice flour would be more delicious to a Nepali tongue.
The locals of Sankosh who use electric machines for grinding are elated after Dhiki, a manual grinding tool, has made its comeback at their own community.
With the development of modern mills, the use of Dhiki became redundant for many years and the locals have revived its use understanding its importance for the Nepali tongues.
Nowadays, two Dhikis are operated by the locals of Nilkantha Municipality and they are using it to grind rice.
According to a local, Ganesh Basnet, the use of the Dhiki is needed to protect our traditional manual tool to grind maize and rice. After the devastating earthquake, all our traditional tools including Dhiki, Okhal and Jato are on verge of disappearance and no citizen and the state seem concerned about its protection, said Shrestha.
The locals said that their physical activities have been degraded due to the use of electronic machines for preparing food items.
Sanu Maya Raut, a local, said that the morning walk and yoga would be unnecessary if one use the manual tools in their daily lives that would provide the double advantages.
According to Rajendra Adhikari, a priest, flour prepared through the pounding of the Dhiki is more pure in terms of religious beliefs and more nutritious to health.
The locals invested Rs, 1, 50, 000 which they get from their hard work to bring back the Dhiki in the use.
“The reinstallation of Dhiki bolstered the identity of our village,” said an elderly citizen Tara Bahadur Raut, 90, of the municipality.
The Dhiki will be used by the locals for grinding rice, maize and other items on the occasion of social functions such as marriage ceremony, Bratabandha and other cultural activities, said chairman of Batase Drinking Water project, Sanumaya Raut.
“All of us need to follow the step to protect local cultural and traditional local trend,” said social activists Rajendra Pratap Shah.
Dhiki is a manual pounder which is mostly used to pound dry grains and plants. At least, two persons having good physical energy and effort are required to operate this traditional pounder.
A Dhiki is made up of wood and the framework consists of fulcrum having two pillars on each side, where one of the persons keeps on pressing the long thick board of wood at a regular interval, while other person sits near the okhal (hole) for stirring the items inside. 

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