Horoku is a very traditional type of donabe, which is used for roasting sesame seeds, tea leaves, etc. over open flame. You put sesame seeds inside of Horoku and just set it over open flame, and gently oscillate to roast evenly. The nutty aroma of sesame will delight your nose. This classic everyday tool used to be more common among older generations in Japan, but its functionality and minimalist wabi-sabi ("unfinished" or "asymmetric") beauty has been rediscovered and revered by new generations.
For people who like to truly appreciate authenti Iga-yaki wabi-sabi beauty
This is a very classic style of Horoku (sesame roaster), which requires extremely skilled artisanship to make. Because of its unique shape, there are few craftsman who can make the authentic Horoku with classic beauty by hand in Japan now.
You can also use Horoku for roasting coffee beans, sea salt, brown rice (for making tea), etc. No oil is necessary for roasting.
True “Terroir” of Iga
Iga region, where this pottery is made, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa about 4 million years ago. The clay from this region is naturally highly heat-resistant and has been used for open-flame cooking for many hundreds of years. This clay is coarse and consists of a high level of pre-historic fossilized microorganisms that leave the clay porous when fired. With this effect, when Iga-yaki (Iga-style) pottery is crafted by artisanal hands, it creates the signature wabi-sabi (“unfinished beauty”) look. This exceptional wabi-sabi beauty of Iga-yaki pottery has been praised by pottery lovers in Japan over centuries.
Authentic Iga-yaki pottery by Nagatani-en
Iga-yaki pottery is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional ceramics, and is said to have originated in Iga, Mie-Prefecture in the late 7th Century. This product is made by a leading producer of Iga-yaki pottery since 1832. At Nagatani-en, each product is made by hand with care. Nagatani-en’s Iga-yaki products have been loved by both professionals and home cooks in Japan.
Your donabe develops its character as it ages
As you use your donabe over and over, it develops character and that’s something to be welcomed.
The very thin cracks could appear on the surface (glaze) of the donabe. It’s called “kannyu” in Japanese and the cracks run like veins. They are the naturally developed cracks on the glaze and won’t affect the function of the donabe.
Once you start using the donabe, the bottom part starts to change its color and black spots (like burned spots) could appear. It’s also the part of developing the character and the donabe is safe to use. However, if the bottom part seems to get too black too quickly, the heat you use might be too high. In this case, we suggest that you use the donabe over lower heat level.
All the donabe and Iga-yaki products made by Nagatani-en are hand-crafted with care, so every piece is unique and no two pieces are identical. There are slight variations within the color/ shade, shape/ curve, and patterns, among pieces, and that makes each piece so special. Also under different lighting and angle, the actual color shade and nuance may also appear slightly different from the photos in the product page.
Size: 4.7” x 7.5” x 2.5” high (12 cm x 19 cm x 6.5 cm high)
Suggested amount of sesame to roast at a time: Up to 1/2 cup (120 ml)
Weight: 15 oz (430 g)
Material: Clay Producer: Nagatani-en Origin: Iga, Japan Included in the package: Horoku and English instruction sheet.
Usage and Care
Ideal for gas stove top use. This donabe is not suitable for electric or induction cooktop.
This donabe can be heated while it’s empty.
Once you empty the contents and Horoku is completely cooled down, you can either just shake off or gently wipe the inside with paper towel (dry or wet) as necessary.
If you wish to wash Horoku, use a soft sponge with mild soap.
Hand wash only.
This product does not need to be seasoned before its first use.
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