Pangot is easy to find in stalls selling agricultural equipment

Pangot is almost never absent from the kitchen, although it is only needed when picking coconuts. This tool is made of iron with a wooden handle. The shape is flat like a knife, but rather large and the base is wider and the tip is sharp.

If the pangot is not found in the kitchen, usually housewives will feel confused and find it difficult to pick coconuts. So, this tool is very important in the kitchen.

The pangot kitchen utensil has long been known by the Javanese people. At least, the Javanese dictionary entitled “Baosastra Djawa” published by JB Wolters’ Uitgevers Maatschappij NV Groningen Batavia in 1939, written by WJS Poerwadarminta, has recorded the existence of pangot. On page 470 column 2 it is stated in Javanese, “pangot, Bangsane lading kang shoots taper.” That is, pangot, a type of kitchen knife with a pointed tip. In everyday use, pangot is used to scoop out the coconut meat that is about to be grated to make coconut milk.

In addition to the main function for picking coconuts, another function is to split coconuts that are no longer stringy (already peeled off from the skin, or husk). Meanwhile, to remove coir, other tools are usually used, such as sickles or crowbars.

However, urban mothers who usually cook are no longer picking and grating coconuts themselves, but buying grated coconut, which is easily available in markets and stalls, or using instant coconut milk sold in modern markets.

Pangot still exists in the countryside, because the activity of chopping coconuts is still commonly carried out by housewives in the countryside, both for their own needs and when “rewang” or helping neighbors who have needs. Coconut sellers are still using this tool.

Source: Tembi