Yellu Bella for Sankranthi – Jan 15th 2011

With the new year 2011 fast approaching, the 2nd week of 2011 is the festival “Makara Sankranthi”. I will be traveling the week of Jan 9th to Jan 14th to Atlanta, GA and so am planning to prepare yellu a week before. This stays for many many days even months.

Attached below are the pictures and the steps to making Yellu Bella.


I use the following proportion to prepare the yellu:

* 1/2 cup Yellu or Sesame Seeds
* 1 cup Groundnuts or peanuts ( Fried, skin removed and cut into half)
* 1 cup Dhalia or hurigadale
* 1 cup finely chopped dry coconut
* 1 cup Jaggery, finely chopped

Usually the Sesame seeds are cleaned, washed and dried. Later, they are fried. I skip this step, and just fry the Sesame seeds for a few minutes.

Next, grate the black portion of the dry coconut. Chop them into squares as shown in the above picture. Chop the Jaggery also and make sure they are dry. My mom used to keep it in the sun for a few days.

Mix, all the ingredients together. Distrubute to your family and friends. If all the ingredients are dry, it will stay for months.

9 responses to this post.

  1. Dear Meera,

    Happy new year and happy Sankranthi!

    Thank you so much for posting info about Hindu festivals and recipes of tasty dishes!


  2. Posted by gurupawan on January 14, 2011 at 2:48 am

    shankrati habbada shubashayagalu . I go through this blog twice a week coz of the info in here are the one i was looking for. I stay in far part of indonesia its difficult to get the panchaga or brahamana sabha calender so i use ur blog to check on festivals and rayra addhana dates. If you have a source where i can dowload the brahamana sabha calander please let me. Thx for creating this lovely informative page mrs meera.

    We always said ram ram rather than bye or regards ao i continue the same here.

    Ram ram,



  3. Posted by Jay on January 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Meera,

    Is there a required number of people to distribute this to? Or can we just make and enjoy @ home?



  4. The pictures of yellu bella are just awesome, so is the recipe.


  5. Though belated, please accept our hearty greetings for a happy 2011 for you and your family.

    P N Ramachandran & Mrs. Sakuntala R


    • Posted by meeraghu on January 4, 2011 at 8:53 am

      No problem at all, Sir. Thanks so much for the wishes. And a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.


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