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A chimta is used to hold a Roti (flat bread) over an open flame to let it fully cook and puff up. It is also used to hold papads for roasting on an open flame.
The traditional chimtas were made of cast iron, or brass. Some of them were decorated with embossed designs too. These are nowadays being replaced by utilitarian designs made of stainless steel. Some of the designs sometimes have a thick insulation of plastic for proper grip and a ring at one end for easy suspension from kitchen racks.