Indian Rice Crispies
What makes it Indian Rice Crispies?
The answer is simple.It uses Indian rice puff instead of traditional Rice crispies and Jaggery(‘Gur‘ in Hindi) instead of marshmallow.
Couple of days ago,i went to India store and bought Indian rice puffs.I didn’t know exactly why i was buying it for that time,just that i will figure it out and so i did.I had a plan in place which i didn’t know about until i went to pantry that day and saw jaggery begging me to use it.
With ‘Muri‘ and ‘jaggery‘ in my vision,i thought of what we ate growing up every year during popular Indian festival,which happens every year on January 14th-15th,”Makar Sankranti“.Every Indian festival has food associated with it,could you have guessed.?So with this ,it is what we call in Hindi “La-e”,a ball of Indian puffed rice mixed with Jaggery.
Puffed rice as it is called in English,we call it ‘Muri‘ or ‘Farhi‘ in Hindi.It is impossible not to think of my grandmother,sitting by the fire,making these in a HUGE claypot or broken bottom “Ghada” as it is called.
- Indian villages which lack electricity and refrigeration,keep water in a earthen water pot,which sits at the top of wet sand,to keep the water cool.When this pot is old and broken,bottom of it is used to make ‘muri’ over the clay stove top.It is very hard for me to describe it as what i remember seeing it done.
- ‘Jaggery’ is another effort which i witnessed during sugar cane season at my grandparents’ house.It is unrefined,without removing the molasses,cane juice which is dried by stirring it for several hours in a huge iron skillet over clay stove.You can buy it powdered or in a mold.I have seen it sold in local grocery store by Mexican food here,in a shape of small ‘cone’.
- ‘Muri’ is eaten in a same way as cereal.With milk or Yogurt and little sugar in the morning.
- It has versatile use.It can be turned into sweet ball of goodness or spicy evening snacks.
- It is no different then rice crispies,as far as sweetness and stickiness is concerned and the mess that it leaves behind.It does however have strong flavor of ‘molasses’ though it depends on type of ‘jaggery’ too.