Its Sankranthi festival in a couple of days. Wish everyone a very Happy Sankranthi.
‘ELLu Bella thindu ellaaru oLLe maathaadi’, Meaning ‘ Eat the Sesame-Jaggery mixture and say only good things’.
To make the ELLu- Bella mixture-
1. Peanuts- 2 cups
2. Roasted Gram( Hurigadale)- 1 1/2 cup
3. Dry Coconut- 1 cup
4. White Sesame seeds- 3/4 cup
5. Hard Jaggery( cut into tiny pieces) OR Small broken pieces of Sakkare acchu- 1 cup
The peanuts have to be roasted, deskinned, split in halves and the tiny plant-like tip of the peanuts need to be removed. It is easy to roast the peanuts in a microwave for 2 minutes, cool them and check if they are done. They are done if the skin peels off easily when cool, but they should not turn brown. After the peanuts are done, they are sorted to remove the darker ones.
The skin of the dry coconut can be removed by grating lightly, not to remove too much of the white part. The coconut is cut into tiny cubes, approximately the size of the peanuts.
The sesame seeds can also be toasted in the microwave, or on a stovetop, till they turn slightly brown and start popping.
The coconut pieces, peanuts and roasted gram can be kept in the oven at the lowest temperature setting for about an hour. This removes extra moisture and the mixture can be stored a little longer. After cooling, mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.