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Masala Dabba

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Our brass masala dabba designed by Tiipoi and handspun by metal workers in Bangalore is the quintessential Indian spice tool, made to level up your cooking and last generations. Comes with 7 spice spoons.

All masala dabba purchases grant you free access to Club Masala - a very hands on, spice forward, highly inclusive quarterly zoom cooking club with Sana and Asha that will teach you how to cook intuitively with spices, and maximise your masala dabba!

 

Masala Dabba
Masala Dabba
Masala Dabba
Masala Dabba

The Making of the Masala Dabba

Designed by Tiipoi’s industrial designer Andre Pereira in their studio in London, the Diaspora x Tiipoi Masala Dabba are made in Tiipoi’s workshop in Bangalore by craftsman Venkatesh Chinnappa aka Venky ‘Anna’ (which translates to older brother in nearly all of the South Indian languages).

Venky has been spinning metal for over 25 years and now Tiipoi’s metal products since they began. This craft is at the heart of so many of Tiipoi’s collections. You can read more about Metal Spinning in our blog post too.

Tiipoi is a London based design studio with a workshop in Bangalore founded in 2013 by Spandana Gopal. Tiipoi believes that there is more to Indian design than just sticking an elephant on it, and that Indian craft has more to offer than simply repeating the past.

India can seem a pretty chaotic place. But sitting there, quietly, are some really incredible, super functional designs. The “designers” of these objects if they can be found at all, aren’t celebrated in the same way as they are in other countries, (the Masala Dabba is definitely one such design!) and instead, design is seen as a bi-product of living. This unassuming approach, with an emphasis on a quiet functionality, is what inspires and drives the ethos behind the studio.

FAQs

How do I clean my dabba?

Brass is an alloy of copper and tin that develops a patina over time as it is exposed to moisture and touch. Some people like this aged look, while some prefer to keep it shiny and bright. Clean the dabba as and when you need to, or as a nice seasonal ritual, it's up to you! Check out our cleaning video here!

Just like you season a cast iron pan, begin your relationship with your dabba by rubbing all over with a little coconut oil and then wipe down with a clean towel to create a protective coating. This will help it patina more beautifully and evenly.

To clean your patinated dabba, we recommend using Flitz - it’s a chemical cleaning paste that is USDA certified Food Safe. If you would like to use a more natural cleaning method, you can also use our flour & vinegar method. 

Cleaning with Flitz:

Use a cleaning cloth or paper towel to rub a pea-sized amount of Flitz onto the dabba. Scrub until the blue paste turns black and then begins to rub off. Once the stains lighten, rinse with warm water and dish soap to ensure the acid doesn’t continue to eat at the metal.

Cleaning with Flour & Vinegar: 

Make a paste of flour and white vinegar (no special ratio, you're just creating a carrier paste for the acid which helps remove the tarnish).Scrub the paste onto the dabba with a soft brush. Rinse the dabba in warm water. You may have to repeat this process for tougher stains.

To finish, dry your dabba with a dish towel. Rub your dabba with a small amount of coconut oil which will seal it and help prevent future stains, given that brass is a porous metal. Wipe off any residual oil with a soft towel for a smooth shine!

How should I store & use my dabba?

The best way to use the dabba is to have the spices in katoris, or with all the lids open, all the spoons in and ready to throw spices into a pan! The smells will get mixed over time, so if you find yourself not using the spices in the dabba as often, then it's good to store them in jars with lids instead to retain max oil content and freshness.

What are the dimensions?

Diameter: 188.4 mm

Height: 78.4 mm

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