Wish you all a very Happy Sankranti!!!!!!
Sankranti or Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in many parts of India.Every place it is celebrated in a different way.Love the traditions.
We clebrate Pongal/Sankranti at home too. We prepare pongal (with the first harvest but not possible these days) at home and also give the ellu bella mixture to atleast 5 married woman.This is given or exchanged so that happiness prevails.I learnt this from my mom who a makes this platter every year and she has something interesting and creative each time.
During my childhood we used to celebrate with so much fervor along with all our grandparents ,relatives and friends.Preparations used to start a week earlier. Huge quantities of snacks were prepared to treat our guests.
Ellu Bella mixture consisting of Ellu ,roasted peanuts, hurigadale ,colourful peppermints,dry coconut.It takes a lot if time to cut jaggery and dry cocunut into small pcs and roast peanuts and deskin them.
My Contribution for 78th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #HarvestHarmony is this simple Ellu Bella Mixture that is a must in every household in Karnataka on Sankranti .
1 Cup Til / Ellu / Sesame seeds
4 Cups Roasted Peanuts (Remove the skin)
2 Cup Hurigadale / Roasted Gram
3 Cups Dry Coconut (chopped into uniform pieces)
1/4 Cup Peppermints
1/2 Cup Jaggery (chopped into uniform pieces)
Slightly roast the peanuts in microwave and remove the skin.Remove the dark nuts.
Chop the jaggery block into uniform pieces using a sharp knife or betel nut cracker.
Chop the dry coconut Peel the skin of the dry coconut and cut them into uniform pieces and keep it aside. Remove the copra dust and dry it in the sun.
Clean roasted gram and put it in hot kadai / pan (with flame switched off)and keep mixing it untill it becomes crisp.
Clean ellu /Til (White one) and slightly roast it.Ensure it does not burn.
Dry all the ingredients in the sun untill all the moisture is dried up.
Mix all the ingredients and keep it in an airtight container.
Ellu Bella mixture is ready to serve
Below platter consists of Haldi kumkum,Fruits,Sugarcane,Tilgul mixture,Blocks made of sugar syrup( called as Sakkare Achu in Kannada),Handmade rose and a gift with blouse piece ,beetal leaf and nut with some shagun(money)