“Indori” ,this sweet is a reminiscence of my time at my dear grand parents place,though never much of a sweet eater I used to always love the whiff of this dish running around in my grandparents place when ever I would chance visit them on Fridays,Saturdays or auspicious days. My grandparents were devout people ,so most of the auspicious days they would have special poojas and some sort of dessert offering to the lord,amongst them were burfi,phenori,churmi laddoo,besan laddo,lai panchkadai,regular panchkadai and other things,amongst it was “INDORI”.
I used to believe that Indori is a sweet dish belonging to the GSB ,but I found that my belief was partly true. Indori was particular to the GSB from the north Malabar and people who originated in that area.So I began to wonder why that was so,per chance one day my friend brought in a similar tasting dish called the “ARIUNDA” ,a ball made of pretty much the same ingredient and belonging to the kitchen of the Malayali folks of the same region but made in a little different manner. Whats even more coincidental is that the name “INDORI” seems like a play on the word ARIUNDA,which brought me to the conclusion that perhaps it was the influence of the MALABAR on the GSB which probably brought it to their kitchens ,and the GSB ladies being smart gave it a different name 😀 .
Another factoid behind this was shared by my mom recently,it seems this sweet dish was considered a “poor mans dish” something they could make out of things readily available at home and dint require any of the luxury ingredients which normally goes into making most desserts around the world.
An interesting myth (also shared by my mother),this dish requires rice to be fried which was considered in auspicious there fore they would not make this dish on auspicious days or fridays,saturdays or mondays which are considered the more important days of the week,what a contradiction !!!!
Here is the recipe :
- 1 Cup red/boiled rice.
- 1 cup Jaggery
- 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
- 1/2 tsp CArdamom
- 1 few drops of ghee
- a small bowl a size golf ball.
1.In a thick bottomed pan fry rice on medium heat by constantly stirring them,the rice will started changing color ie would become opaque from its translucent shade and puff up a little,do this till most of the rice has turned without burning it.
2.Make a fine powder of this fried rice.
3.In another pan,add the jaggery and about one cup water and cook it medium flame,constantly stirring it.when it starts bubbling check on the consistency by taking a bit of the syrup in between 2 fingers and bringing them together to see if the syrup makes strings,when the syrup does this take it off flame and add cardamom and coconut gratings.
4.when it has cooled down a little add the rice powder.
5.while still warm take the bowl and grease it with little ghee.
6.Put the mixture in the bowl ,and press it to its shape.
7.Now band the bowl on a plate upside down so as to release the indori on the plate,which would have taken the shape of the bowl.
8.Do this till as many times as u have the mixture left.