Haara | Hearth


Category: Vastu
Location: Bhalsi, Panipat, Haryana
Cultural region: Khadar
Materials: Admixture, Earth (Mud)
Admixture craft technique: Slab building
Earth craft technique: Plastering
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK

Milk is generally heated in a haara by keeping the vessel in it from morning till evening on low heat transferred by the coal used as fuel. This slow process intensifies the flavour and aroma of the milk and yields thicker cream, which is an integral part of the cuisine in Haryana. People prefer this method of heating milk on a haara over boiling it on a stove.

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