In south India Shankranthi , Festival of Harvest. Makar Sankranti is a majorharvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. In their own traditions.
Makar Sankranti, apart from a harvest festival is also regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in Indian culture. It is said as the 'holy phase of transition'. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which according to the Hindu calendar begins around mid-December. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Hindu family, this day onwards. Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. In other words, Sankranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season.
There is a story also behind this festival.We celebrate this festival with distributing sesame with groundnuts, fried grams, dry coconut, jaggery cut into small pieces and distribute, with this we give sugar cane piece and banana with sugar dolls.
I would like to share how we make this yellu. Even though we mix other ingredients we give call it yellu (sesame).Ingredients:
100 gms of groundnuts.
100 gms of fried grams.125 gms of jaggery.
75 gms of dry coconut.250 gms of sesameseeds.
1. Takeground nuts and fry in a low flame. Once it is turned brown, let it cool and take out the skin by rubbing with both hands.2. Cut Jaggery into small pieces with the help of jaggery cutter.
3. Take dry coconut peel the skin which is black. Cut it into small pieces.
4. My mother keeps jaggery and coconut in sun for a day, after cutting into small pieces so that we can store it for few days.
5. After all these take sesame seeds fry in a very low flame. Once it is little brown keep it aside.
6. Mix ground nuts, fried gram, coconut pieces, Jaggery, and sesame and store it in a air tight container.