Ellu-Jaggery Mixture ( Sankranti Special)

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Sankranti Greetings to all my readers !


Sankranti is derived from “Sat” and “Kranthi” means “Good movement”, the movement of course refers to that of the sun from one rashi to another. It is also celebration of the harvested crops and goes by different names in various parts of India, among them Sankranthi in Karnataka, Pongal in Tamilnadu and Bihu in Assam. Follow wikipedia on Sankranti for more details.

In most of the places in old Karnataka like Bangalore and Mysore people prepare the Ellu-jaggery mix and distribute it among neighbours, relatives and friends. It will be accompained by a fruit, a piece of sugarcane as well. I am therefore taking this opportunity to put up the recipe for Ellu-jaggery mix.

What you need to have:

1. Nylon sesame seeds – 3/4 cup

2. Peanuts – 3 cups

3. Dalia dal – 2 cups

4. Copra – 2 cups

5. Jaggery – 2 cups

6.Sugar – 5-6 Teaspoons

7. Sugar coated cumin seeds – 1 cup (Jeerige peppermint)

11-1-2009-113 Ingredients of Ellu-Jaggery mixture

What you do with what you have:

1. Warm up peanut seeds in a broad based bowl on the medium flame in such a way that its fried but not so roasted as to lose color. Let them cool and then peal them. (See images below)

11-1-2009-116 Roasted Peanuts

11-1-2009-118 Pealed  Peanuts

2. Heat a broad based bowl on a high flame for about 5 minutes, remove it from the flame and just stir roast sesame seeds in it in such a way that it just sputters in it and it also doesn’t change the colour as such.

11-1-2009-115 Dry roasted Sesame seeds

3. Peal the copra and cut into small square pieces of 1/2″. Chop jaggery into 1/2″ pieces. Dry it in the sun for about 2-3 hours.

4. Mix dry roasted ‘n’ pealed peanuts from step 1, sesame seeds from step 2, chopped copra and jaggery from step 3 , dalia dal, sugar coated cumin and sugar into a mixing bowl and is as shown in the image below. This is the Ellu-Bella/Ellu-jaggery mixture.

11-1-2009-146 Ellu-Bella Mixture

11-1-2009-149 Ellu-Bella mixture with customary Sankranti prasadm

How long it takes: 4-5 hours including sun drying


15 thoughts on “Ellu-Jaggery Mixture ( Sankranti Special)

    rekha said:
    January 12, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Happy sankranti to you nice treditional recipe

    pavithra kodical said:
    January 12, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Hi Happy sankranthi..First time visiting your blog..Nice to know that you are from Udupi..You have wonderful collection of recipes.

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 12, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Hi Rekha,

    I also wish you “Happy Sankranthi”

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 12, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Hi Paviyhra,

    Wish u the same. Do c the other recipes and if you have time try out some of them.

    Sunshinemom said:
    January 12, 2009 at 5:34 am

    In advance? Greetings to you too:) I am not really fond of ellu preparations but the cane is making my mouth water!

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 12, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Hi Sunshinemom,

    Yeah its in advance. If your mouth waters looking at the cane then why don’t you try sugarcane Roti which i have just put up????????

    ruchii said:
    January 12, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Happy sankaranthi.. ellu -bellla looks so good.

    prathibalrao responded:
    January 13, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Hi Ruchii,

    I wish you very happy sankranthi to you and your family.

    Vidya Pai said:
    January 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    The yellu-bella has brought back memories of my childhood. I had spent part of my childhood in belgaum, and there too I remember recieving this delicious mixture from friends/neighbours. Thank you for the post.
    How do we konkanis celebrate this festival? I can’t recall sankranti celebrated in my maternal home.

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Vidya,

      In North canara , people prepare thilgul and distribute distribute it among relatives and friends. In south canara, people in some orthodox families have a dip in the sea , do pooja and have food with sweet Moong Dal kichadi and dosa.

    Anjali said:
    January 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I always used to buy this ellu-bella mixture from the supermarkets and distribute them to neighbours/friends. But this time I prepared it at home following the proportions you mentioned. Turned out really well.
    Sankranti greetings to you once again!

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Anjali,

      Belated Sankranthi greetings to you all.

    Eks said:
    April 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    You can avoid the sugar and the sugar-coated jeera stuff. That is not very healthy. Let us understand the purpose behind this tradition. The ellu bella mixture is a healthy mixture that we exchange once a year, so that everyone gets to eat it at least once a year. Adding refined sugar to it defeats the purpose. Why add sugar when we already have the sweet bella in the mixture? If you want some more colour in the mixture, add some finely chopped dry fruits. Some chopped dry dates or raisins can add extra sweetness. Happy Sankranti.

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Hi EKS,

      I should post genuine recipes and it is your choice to either omit any ingredient or add any other ingredient of your choice. I hope i have made myself clear.

    Sudhamanjunath Sudha said:
    January 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    how can I get ellu bella on line?

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