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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Name this? 





In various parts of India, this is called a pakkad, a sanasi / saansi, patkaru, and heaven knows what else. Question is, is there an English word for them things? No, not tongs. Pan-grip is one option, but the ones we've seen are hugely over-engineered in comparison.

(Oh. And the caption to the first picture, on the site from where we lifted the image, says that these are, from left to right (we assume), the Plain, Goti and Disco models.)

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  On Wednesday, 16 April 2008 at 11:45:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Blogger neha vish said...

It's called an idukki in Tamil. And you're right - I've not really come across a "real" English term for it. So far all my firang friends drool at the sight of it.

  On Thursday, 17 April 2008 at 19:56:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Blogger 1conoclast said...

I thought even pakkad was somewhere between rustic & engineered...

Do you know that Hindi doesn't have a term for martyr? Not one I've heard anyway.

  On Friday, 18 April 2008 at 08:21:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Anonymous V. Prabhu said...

In Indian cooking, there are many non-tech-intensive things that make cooking easy. Other things that come to mind include a lemon crusher, and a seive for filtering tea!

  On Sunday, 20 April 2008 at 09:01:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Anonymous vivekd said...

I have heard my north india friends calling this pakkad

  On Sunday, 20 April 2008 at 17:57:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Blogger Mutiny.in said...

@Neha, idukki? that's the name of a district in Kerala :)
I don't know what it's called but it's used widely in my kitchen.

  On Monday, 28 April 2008 at 05:19:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Blogger Ashwan said...

What's wrong with tongs? Aren't they very much like blacksmith tongs?

  On Monday, 5 May 2008 at 11:09:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Blogger EYE said...

Another word I have heard in the north is 'chimti'

  On Saturday, 10 May 2008 at 16:54:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Anonymous shankarkotkar said...

In Marathi we call it as Pakkad

  On Monday, 12 May 2008 at 03:26:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Anonymous Pushkar Sheth said...

i heard my friends call it "ekla" or "ikla" in kannada

  On Monday, 19 May 2008 at 11:50:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Anonymous dezymacedo said...

pakkad is the Hindi for 'Pliers', an instrument to grip something firmly.

  On Sunday, 25 May 2008 at 15:43:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Anonymous GBO said...

Crucible tongs or blacksmith's tongs, could be two options. In addition, there is a similar instrument, using the same fundas, used at sea - but the name is not for gentle audiences and has to do with dogs stuck whilst fornicating.

Get well soon. When I was locked up in hospital, I put a poster outside which said "Don't ask me questions if the answer is one of these:-

Yes
No
Maybe
The Doctor's Don't Know
42"

All the best. Sorry about the hospital food. You can always get your revenge later.

  On Thursday, 16 August 2012 at 12:05:00 GMT+5:30, the Hon'ble Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its galled Pakkad in Hindi. Neha pls marry me. :-)
by Anush.

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