A Dara Lipa is a hearth made of clay and set up in the kitchen of traditional houses. Firewood, dried coconut leaves, coconut husks and coconut shells are put in a Dara Lipa and ignited with matches. In order to hasten the ignition, a few drops of kerosene oil is poured into the Dara Lipa. This is an economic form of a cooker as the materials needed to set up and to light the hearth are found in the immediate surroundings. During their leisure times, village women go on an expedition to the jungle to collect firewood (Dara Kadeema).
Some traditional Lipa are set up about six inches in height, while some are set up at the height of an inch from the ground level. Rice and curry are cooked in earthen pots and Hattis on the Dara Lipa. When the fire in the Dara Lipa is extinguished while cooking, it is re-ignited by blowing through a piece of iron pipe (Dum Bataya).