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. Continue reading →
Makara Sankramana, festival of harvest, is approaching. It is time to prepare some special dishes for celebrating this festival. Shenga Holige is one of the most important sweet dishes prepared for this festival in North Karnataka region. Shenga is a kannada (Karnataka) word used for Groundnut or Peanut and Holige is used for stuffed sweet flat bread. This dish is most popular and most liked sweet dish in North Karnataka (India). This dish is very tasty and crunchy. Peanut ( groundnut ) is most commonly grown crop in North Karnataka and we use peanuts maximum in our regular diet. Peanuts add a nutty taste and a delicate crunchy taste to the dish. You can feel very well that crunchy peanut taste in every bite of Shenga Holige. Let me make it easy for you of preparing Shenga Holige. Let’s see the preparation of tasty and crunchy Shenga Holige. Continue reading →
Today is Ugadi Festival, we the South Indians celebrate it as New Year’s day. We, the Kannadigas (people of Karnataka) consider Ugadi as an auspicious day for commencing new ventures. This is the time when New Year’s Day is celebrated in other states of India as well. The term “Ugadi” is basically originated from Sanskrit word “Yugadi” which means beginning of a new yuga or period. Apart from sweet dishes, we prepare a very special dish called “Bevu-Bella” on this auspicious day and offer it to God along with other festive dishes. Neem is called Bevu in Kannada (language of Karnataka) and jaggery is called Bella. This dish has got its own significance. My grandma used to tell me about the significance of this dish. Life is the mixture of joys and sorrows and we should accept both as and when they appear in our life, in the right spirit. Neem indicates bitterness or sorrow of life and jaggery indicates sweetness or joy of life. I am telling you the very simple and authentic way of preparing “Bevu Bella” which I learnt from my mom. Let’s see the preparation of tasty and delicious Bevu Bella. Continue reading →
Season of festival has already begun, this is the time to prepare varieties of sweet dishes. This dish is served as main course in festival days. This dish is very delicious and tasty which is liked by everyone. Fresh coconut is called by different names in different regions in India. We, Kannadigas (people of Karnataka), call coconut as Tengina kayi. The grated part of fresh coconut is called “Hasi khobbari or kayi turi”. A wide range of sweet dishes can be prepared from fresh coconut. Coconut is a very versatile and indispensable food item in coastal belt of Karnataka, Chennai and Kerala. It is a complete food which is very rich in calories, vitamins and minerals and it is also a very good source of B-Complex. Normally, there is a misconception that consumption of coconut increases weight, on the contrary it helps to reduce weight if it is used in proper manner. We can prepare lot of sweets like Halwa, Burfi, laadu, Holige and so many… from fresh coconut. Normally, this dish is prepared from fresh coconut and sugar, since I am little bit health and weight conscious I tried fresh coconut with jaggery (Bella/Gud). It came out very tasty and crunchy. I made the procedure simple and easy, if you are preparing it for the first time, do it for a very less quantity say…2 or 3 holige. Once you do it successfully, you can prepare it as many as you like. Let’s see the preparation of Hasi Khobbari Holige. Continue reading →
The season of festivals starts in India, now on wards. First comes Nagara Panchami. We prepare two types of ladoos for Nagara Panchami. One is Tambittu and another one is Chigali and we offer these two sweets, popped Jawar, roasted whole gram along with milk to Nagadevata (snake god). I have written about “Tambittu” in my earlier post. Now, I am going to write about “Chigali”, which is prepared from Til (Yellu/Sesame seeds) and Jaggery (Bella/Gud). Sesame seeds are small in shape featuring pleasant nutty flavor and high oil content. Sesame seeds are widely considered as one of the most healthy foods. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins. The sesame seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals, especially copper is concentrated in sesame seeds. That is the reason, in earlier days, our ancestors were using sesame seeds in their daily diet. Preparation of chigali is easier than tambittu and no cooking is needed here. These ladoos are tasty, delecious and healthy as well. The stuff prepared for these ladoos, won’t get spoiled, in any condition. No tension of spoiling the dish. Let’s see the preparation of Chigali. Continue reading →
This is an Indian sweet recipe, mainly prepared in southern part of India during festivals. This is offered as naivedyam to God. Hayagreeva is the name of Hindu God and the food offered to him is known by his name “HAYAGREEVA”. This dish is made from chana dal(kadali bele/Split chickpeas) and jaggery (bella). This is prepared as substitute of holige (obbattu/stuffed sweet roti) as well. At the same time, it is good for health to consume this dish once in a week. My mother used to prepare this dish every alternative week. Chana dal provide an excellent source of proteins and minerals like iron and copper. They also contain dietary fiber which help to remove cholesterol from the body and also prevents digestive disorders. You will be very glad to know that the procedure is very simple and takes less time and you need very limited ingredients. Let’s see how to prepare “Hayagreeva Sweet”.