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)
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)
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.
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.
Ellu-Bella mixture with customary Sankranti prasadm
How long it takes: 4-5 hours including sun drying