A knowledge sharing initiative on traditional wisdom by Zishta

'Bodha' is a repository of traditional knowledge gathered by travelling to nook and corner of India, spending time with artisans and local communities, understanding traditional value & authenticity and documenting to make sure such wealth of knowledge is available for everyone. Through this we aspire to build a family of believers who will be the future "Guardians of Traditional Wisdom".


  • Complete Guide to Kalchatti Cookware

    Soapstone  or Kalchatti is a versatile cookware and has the ability to adapt to different cuisines efficiently. The guide book shares some of the key aspects of the Soapstone Cookware:… Read More

  • How to season and maintain Kalchatti / Soapstone vessel

    Soapstone once mined are chiselled into the desired shape. Unlike clay, they are not heated. Hence the stone is not used to any form of heat. This is the reason… Read More

  • Benefits of cooking in Kalchatti / Soapstone vessel

    Soapstone vessels are extensively used for cooking in regular stoves. In India, soapstone has been in use for thousands of years for carving purposes and making cooking pots. Versatility of… Read More

  • Meeting the makers of stone cookware (Kal Chatti)

    The long pending road trip was done successfully last week. We had an opportunity to meet all the artisans we collaborate with, discuss their challenges and how Zishta can help… Read More

  • Traditional Benefits of Soapstone Vessels

    Soapstone, also known as kalchatti in India, is perhaps the softest of all the minerals that mother earth gifts us. Soapstone begins its life as talc which over time merges… Read More

  • Here is the Perfect Kalchatti Utensil for Storage

    Soapstone, or kalchatti as it is popularly known in South India, is a soft stone that comes from earth. Due to its porous nature, soapstone makes for great cookware. It… Read More

  • My Patti’s Version of Truly Authentic Sambhar

    My mother is a great exponent of the traditional Sambhar which is a favourite dish in South India. Her and her mother, my adored grandmother – all great sambhar experts… Read More