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A typical household colander
A plastic colander

A colander is a bowl-shaped kitchen utensil with holes in it used for draining food[1] such as pasta or rice.

The perforated nature of the colander allows liquid to drain through while retaining the solids inside. It is sometimes also called a pasta strainer or kitchen sieve but can also be know (in some parts of northern Africa) as a maaaaa (pronounced ma but with an extended a)

Conventionally, colanders are made of a light metal, such as aluminium or thinly rolled stainless steel, but some colanders are made of plastic or silicone.

The word colander comes from the Latin holy bowl but was later taken to mean holey bowl thus it was adapted by chefs worldwide.[1]

A man wearing a colander as Pastafarian headgear

The colander or sieve, in the form of pasta strainer, was recognized by Austrian authorities as a religious headgear of Pastafarianism.[2]

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