Makara Sankranti (Sankramana) festival is celebrated on 14th or 15th of January every year in India. Makara Sankranti festival is celebrated as the beginning of the harvest season. Yellu Bella recipe is an integral part of this festival. This is basically a mix of sesame seeds, groundnuts, jaggery, sugar crystals, dry coconut and puffed bengal gram. Yellu bella is prepared for this auspicious day and offered it to God. Afterwards, it is distributed amongst friends and family along with a small gift. “Yellu-bella thindu olle maathadi” is the famous saying in Kannada (Karnataka) while distributing yellu bella which basically means “eat sweet and speak sweet like jaggery”. This recipe is the most simple recipe I have ever written. Let’s see the preparation.
- Yellu/Sesame seeds
- Khobbari/Dry coconut
- Puthani/Puffed bengal gram
- Sakkare/Sugar crystals
I have not written any measurement here. Take equal quantity of all ingredients.
- Clean and roast sesame seeds. Roast them until they start spluttering and change its colour. Keep it in a bowl.
- Clean and roast groundnuts. Remove skin and keep it in a bowl.
- Cut the dry coconut into small pieces as it is shown in the picture and keep it in a bowl.
- Crush the jaggery into small pieces and keep it in a bowl.
- Clean puffed bengal gram.
- Take a big bowl, pour roasted sesame seeds, roasted groundnuts, dry coconut pieces, Jaggery pieces, puffed bengal gram and sugar crystals. Toss them thoroughly. This is it!
- Yellu Bella is ready to offer to God for Makara Sankranti. Isn’t as simple as that!
- Happy Makara Sankranti friends. Enjoy cooking.