Monday, 13 January 2014

Makara Sankranti with Ellu-Bella Recipe

Makara Sankranti is one of the most auspicious occasions offering "Ellu Bella" in Karnataka. The plate will also contain sugar candy molds of various shapes .This festival signifies the harvest of the season, since sugarcane is predominant in these parts. The festival is an occasion for young boys and girls to visit their family and friends and distribute ellu bella.


The important significance of  Ellu –bella is celebrated in middle of winter, food prepared for this festival is such that it keeps the body warm and gives a lot of energy.

My kids are very excited because, they get to wear new clothes & go house to house to distribute Ellu Bella, Sugarcane, Sugar Candy (Sakkare Achhu) & fruits. So come & learn how to prepare this traditional recipe.

Prep time : 15 mins

Serves       : Give to as much people as you can…Relatives ,Friends and others.



White sesame seeds (ellu)

1 cup

Jaggery (Bella)

1 cup

Copra (dry coconut)

1 cup

Roasted channa dal (pottukadalai)

¾ cup

Peanuts without skin

¾ cup

Coloured jeera seeds

½ cup

Small Sugar candy (I used 2 varieties)

½ cup each

1. Lightly dry roast the sesame seeds on low flame and keep it aside. Cut the jaggery into small cubes and keep it aside.

2. Grate the outer black portion of the dry coconut and cut into small pieces and dry in sunlight for 2 days. Lightly dry  roast the channa dal (Pottukadalai) and keep it aside.IMG_20140113_140807-0013. Dry roast the peanuts on a medium flame until skin becomes loose and come off easily, make sure you don't over roast it. Rub them between the palms and remove the skin completely and keep it aside.

4. Now take a bowl and add sesame seeds, jaggery, copra, roasted channa and peanuts, coloured jeera seeds, small sugar candy and mix everything and serve. images10VSVSDTEnjoy Your Festival Happily……


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