Ellu bella recipe | How to make yellu bella | Sesame seeds jaggery trail mix recipe | Sankranti special ellu bella or yellu bella

By Latha on January 6th, 2017

ellu bella or yellu bella recipe

Ellu bella or Karnataka style sesame seeds jaggery trail mix recipe explained with step by step pictures. Ellu bella or yellu bella is very popular sweet trail mix and is prepared during Makara sankranthi festival. Ellu bella is another guilt free snacks recipe prepared using ground nut, roasted gram, dessicated coconut, sesame seeds and jaggery.

I have a lot of sweet memories with sankranthi festival and ellu bella. My Mother used to prepare this tasty trail mix and me and my sister used to distribute it to all the neighbouring houses. In turn many of our friends and relaives used to come to our house with their packets of ellu bella. Then at the end of the day...it is like tasting or sampling one by one from different houses. Eat...eat and eat..we used to eat it a lot. Then when I started working I used to prepare and take ellu bella to office. We all used to enjoy..oh very nostalgic.

Ellu bella is a very healthy and nutritious snacks designed for the winter. I have posted ellu juice (sesame seeds milkshake), which another tasty recipe prepared suing sesame seeds. During sankranthi festival ellu bella is prepared and distributed among friends and relatives. There is a proverb in Kannada "Ellu bella thindu olle mathadi", which means "eat ellu bella and speak good". I prepare ellu bella and pongal (huggi anna) for Sankranthi festival. You can find more sankranti recipes here.

I have already shared some guilt free snacks recipes like congress kadlekai, Avarekalu mixture, carrot-mung dal salad, Mangalore churumuri, girmit, kadle usli, hurigaalu (spicy trail mix) and nuchinunde recipes.

If you are looking for more snacks recipes then do check our Karnataka snacks recipes section.

Ellu bella recipe

Preparation time: 3 hours
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves: 1kg

Ingredients: (measuring cup used = 240ml)

  1. 250gm peanuts or ground nuts or kadlekai or shenga
  2. 250gm fried gram or roasted gram or hurigadale
  3. 1 dessicated coconut or kobbari
  4. 100gm white sesame seeds
  5. 250gm block or moulded jaggery or acchu bella
  6. 1/4 cup sugar coated saunf or jeerige mitai (optional)
  7. 1/4 cup small sugar candy or sakkare mitai (optional)

Instructions for making ellu bella:

  1. Finely chop the dry coconut. Generally the outer black skin is scraped using a grater. But in our family we do not scrape it. After chopping either sun dry it for 3 - 4 hours or warm it using a thick bottomed pan under low flame.finely chopped dessicated coconut for ellu bella or yellu bella
  2. Next in a thick bottomed pan dry roast the ground nuts or peanut until slightly brown or until starts crackling. This will take around 10 minutes under low-medium flame. Or when you taste it (after cooling), it should be crispy.dry roasted peanuts for ellu bella or yellu bella
  3. Wait until cool. Rub and deskin the roasted ground nuts. Set it aside.deskinned peanuts for ellu bella or yellu bella
  4. Next either sun dry roasted gram (fried gram) for 3 - 4 hours or make it warm using a thick bottomed pan under low flame. Set it aside. Do not make it brown or do not over roast them.roasting fried gram for ellu bella or yellu bella
  5. Next in the same pan dry roast sesame seeds until swollen. No need to wait until it starts crackling. The colour should not change and take care not to over roast the sesame seeds.dry roasting sesame seeds for ellu bella or yellu bella
  6. Break the jaggery into tiny pieces using a flat spatula or a sharp knife or an arecanut cutter or big scissors. Use moulded jaggery or jaggery blocks (acchu bella) and not the black ones.breaking jaggery for ellu bella or yellu bella
  7. At the end mix all the ingredients together.mixing ellu bella or yellu bella
  8. Add in small sugar candy and sugar coated saunf (jeerige mitai). Please note adding this is purely optional. Mix well and store them in an airtight container. Distribute, Eat and Enjoy!!sugar candy and jeerige mitai for ellu bella or yellu bella

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