I made indori today. My husband and my children loved it so much that I decided to share the recipe with you. As I sit down to write these words, my mind flits back to the past and I am a little girl again, making indoris with my cousin, Rekha in our backyard. Only, we are making indoris not out of edible ingredients, and not to our mothers’ recipes, but with moist earth, our very own secret recipe! Using dry, empty coconut shells, we are busy seriously stuffing the shells with the wet mud, pressing it down flat with our palms and then slapping the shells upside down onto banana leaves. We then lift up the shells, leaving the perfect mud indoris on the leaves, both of us beaming in satisfaction.
Alas, our joy is not to last forever. Our mischievous big brothers delight in running over our precious indoris, scattering them in all directions, while my cousin and I scream in heartbreak to the accompaniment of their devilish laughter! With tears streaming down our cheeks and screaming and sobbing at the top of our lungs, we run to our mothers, complaining about our terrorizing brothers, only to find solace when either my mother or hers comforts us, making real, sweet, motherly indoris for us, calming our little hearts and filling our little bellies with sweetness!
Traditionally, indoris are made by roasting unpolished, red, parboiled rice and then crushing it in a large wooden mortar and pestle to fine powder. Melted jaggery and coconut is combined with the rice powder and the hot mixture is pressed into little brass or bronze moulds (gindal in Konkani), usually of one and a half inch diameter and half inch depth. Large quantities of indoris are made in minutes by the dextrous elder ladies and kids who sit around the mixture on grass mats spread out on the floor, sharing old wives’ tales and children’s stories, imparting age old culture and the joy of working together, in love, to the children. And now, it is time to wake up from my reveries and to get on with this beautiful recipe.
You will require a small round mould to make the indoris. You can use moulds of any shape so long as they are small in size. As I was having a mould of 2-inch diameter and 1-inch depth at hand, I was able to make 15 indoris with these measurements. If the moulds are smaller, you can make more indoris. Do cook and enjoy!