A good second choice is a heavy, glazed-porcelain mortar with an unglazed inner surface that acts as an abrasive and helps along the grinding. Because even porcelain mortars and pestles are expensive, cooks often buy them too small, which makes them very difficult to use efficiently. Shops selling Southeast Asian ingredients sometimes sell relatively inexpensive but efficient stone mortars and pestles from Thailand. A suribachi, a wide Japanese mortar with flaring sides and ribbed interior, is especially efficient for grinding sesame seeds.
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