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.