Mbuzi Coconut Grater Stool


Mbuzi Coconut Grater Stool –

The most famous African coconut grating school is the folding seat of Zanzibar. These are made in two parts that slot into each other to form a low, stable seat to which an iron serrated blade is attached.






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Mbuzi Coconut Grater Stool

The coconut-grater stool is a cooking tool that has existed for centuries in Asia, South Asia, and around the Indian Ocean rim. In Kiswahili, the folding coconut-scraper stool is called kibao cha mbuzi, most commonly shortened to mbuzi, which means “goat.” This flat, folding X-shaped table form with elaborate surface decorations was developed in Tanzanian coastal communities in the nineteenth century. It was possibly an adaptation from the more zoomorphic styles with plain surfaces carved in Kenya, India, and Asia. The reconfiguration into this flat, abstracted form, which so closely resembles an embellished bookstand like the type used to hold a Qur’an, would have accommodated the artistic tastes and production styles of the primarily Muslim communities of the coast.

One side has a wooden or metal extension that holds the serrated blade to grate the coconut. The user sits on the stool facing the protruding arm, then rubs the fleshy insides of a split coconut shell along the blade. Shavings fall into a receptacle below and are then pushed through a sieve to make coconut milk. Coconut milk, a substitute for cooking oil, is a staple ingredient in Swahili recipes and is frequently cooked with rice.

The mbuzi is still widely used in East African kitchens, preferred for its speed in production and ease of use. Several towns in Tanzania even hold competitions to see who is the fastest and best at using them. As a finely decorated household object with chip carvings in typical Swahili patterns, a mbuzi like this one is also a popular traditional wedding gift.

Several Tanzanian towns hold competitions to see who is the fastest, and best, at using them.