Ellu Bella - Sesame Seeds and Jaggery Mix - Makar Sankranthi Special - Karnataka Special Recipe

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Festive specials, is the theme for this week. I have chosen Pongal/Makar Sankranti Specials from South-India. First in the list is Ellu Bella, from Karnataka. A simple mixture of peanuts, sesame and jaggery with copra. This mixture is distributed along with betelnuts,fruits and sugar moulds on the Sankranthi day. There is actually no recipe at all, you have to just roasts peanuts and sesame seeds and toss it with other ingredients, that's all, the recipe is ready. 
1/2 cup Peanuts
1/2 a copra/dried coconut
1/4 cup white sesame seeds
1/2 cup jaggery, broken into cubes
1/2 cup Fried Gram/Potukadalai/Chutney dal
1/4 cup sugar candy

  • Dry roast the peanuts, take care not to burn. Remove it onto a kitchen cloth, close and rub vigorously to remove the skin. Transfer the skinned peanuts into a bowl.
  • In the same pan, dry roast the sesame seeds, add it to the peanuts. To this bowl, add fried gram and sugar candy. Let this mixture cool well. 
  • Chop the copra/dried coconut into small pieces and added it to the peanuts mix. Add the jaggery to this and mix well.
  • Do not add jaggery to the hot peanuts, it will melt and cling together. So, let it cool a bit, then add the jaggery. Mix the contents well. Store it in an air-tight container. 

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  1. Such a simple and traditional dish for the festivals.

  2. missed making it this year. su beautifully re-created priya !

  3. .. and I like ur painted BG board - is it cardboard / wooden plank ?

  4. Such a traditional ellu bella, feel like munching some.

  5. Love these traditional dishes.. we make this too along with sakkare achu. :-) Yum

  6. I love this and this post of yours brings back memories. Missing my home town. Yellu bella looks delicious Priya

  7. Looks so authentic and delicious.

  8. I have seen this many times during sankranthi and I am yet to make this. Wonderful recipe :)

  9. This combination of nuts and jaggery sounds interesting. Must have been a treat Im sure!!

  10. It is made at my mom's place as well. It is distributed to ladies as part of taboolam (haldi-kumkum). But in many families, sesame seeds is not accepted. I so wonder att he vast differences in this aspect.


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