Ellu - Sesame seeds / Til/ Nuvvulu Bella - Jaggery / Vellam / Bellam
Ellu Bella is made during Sankranthi festival in Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra and distributed among friends and families. The custom of distribution is called "Ellu Beerodu". The plate consists of betel leaf, betel nut,turmeric, fruits usually Bananas, a piece of sugar cane, a sachet of ellu bella and a sugar mold called Sakkare achchu.
I just love sakkare achchu. Thinking to do them this year. But I don't have the molds, yet planning to try them in candy molds.
Sharing a picture from my collections.
This is not a recipe but mixing of ingredients.
For Mixing Ellu Bella we need
Peanuts - 1 cup
Sesame seeds - 1/2 cup
Fried channa dhal/ dalia/ pottu kadalai/ puttani bele - 3/4 cup
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Dry coconut - 1/2 cup
Sugar coated cumin seeds or fennel seeds - 2 - 3 tbsp
Dry roast peanuts till brown. Remove cool and remove skin. Also partially break into half.
Dry roast sesame seeds. Cool
Cut jaggery into tiny even cubes.
Cut coconut into small pieces
Combine peanuts, sesame seeds, fried channa dhal, sugar coated cumin or fennel seeds, jaggery, coconut and mix well. Pack in small sachets for distribution.