These days people give them in plastic covers, gift boxes or little bags or in many more different varieties as they please.
This is called ”Ellu- Bella Beerodu” that is giving this mixture to every body, near and dear, friends and family :).
This is how my Mum makes and how I make too. You know why? because I feel she makes the best Sankranti Mixture.
500 gms Jaggery (Acchu Bella)
500 gms Dry Copra/ Dry Coconut
500 gms Peanuts
500 gms Hurigadale/PottuKadalai/
100 gms White Sesame/Til SeedsMETHOD:
To make this Mixture Jaggery (Palm Sugar) must be an Acchu Bella, Just like this
Next are the Peanuts, Roast fist ful of peanuts in a wok, lightly , don’t burn them then once they are a bit cool not completely cool this way we can rub the skin of the peanuts quickly, put them in a cloth and rub between your palms or we have Mora ( a basket like thing made with bamboo) and rub on them. Once the skins are removed then pick up the peanuts and throw away the skin, Pick up lovely nice white ones no discoloured peanuts !!, then break open the peanuts.
Once when you split open the peanuts can you see the little nodes you must remove them, Mum says they give a bitter taste, so carefully with all the good ones picked up remove all the nodes and keep the peanuts separately. So that is one job done 🙂
This is not too bad You just have to pick up nice round beautiful ones without any cracks.
Next are the White Sesame or Til seeds
In a low heat roast fistful of White Til seeds very slightly it should not change too much colour.
So Now everything is done, Now we can mix all of them together and Lo! your Sankranti Trail Mixture is ready.
With this, we need to give Karumbu/ Sugarcane stick, Banana, Elchae Hannu (This is fruit which has a sweet and sour taste in it- Jujube fruit (Elchane Hannu also called Indian Jujube / Indian plum / Ilanthi Pazham / Ber fruit).
On this day In the evening, we make little children in the house sit and we put the Sankranti Mixture, Elche Hannu and cut small pieces from the sugarcane and some coins in a Pavoo ( pronounced Paa – voo A kind of measurement used in olden days which is made of Brass or Iron, you get them in steel as well these days). Woman of the house fill this Pavoo with the pot pouri and pour this on the head of the children and do Arati to them in the evening of Makara Sankranti. This is a tradition followed in most of the houses this is done to bless the children for longevity, good health and a prosperous life with Aarathi and songs.
In Karnataka People say : Yellu Bella thindu Olle Maathanaadu meaning eat Jaggery and sesame seeds and speak only good words…
Mum gave me a sari for this festival…
May the God Bless you all with all the prosperity, Wealth, health and Happiness…..