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Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Virtual Sankranthi Tambula(m)

Happy Sankranthi / Pongal to all my readers.
Sankranthi happens to be a very popular festival in our home state Andhra that is meant to celebrate the harvest of the new crop and in turn the new life. :)
According to this year's Telugu calendar, bhogi falls on the 14th, sankranthi on 15th and kanuma on 16th of January. 


Now a virtual tambula to my readers. This platter contains a typical Sankranthi tambula distributed by young girls around their neighborhoods in Bangalore. Ellu-bella*, sakkare atchu (sugar figurines), bananas, sugarcane and kumkum.

* Though ellu - bella means sesame seeds - jaggery literally, the mixture also contain roasted and skinned peanuts, roasted chana, copra pieces and sugar coated, colored cumin.

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12 comments:

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

truly a virtual treat...looks yum....we make sesame and peanut brittles for sankranti...lovely festive platter....

harini-jaya said...

Happy Pongal and Sankranti to u too and a gr8 click there..I learnt that some people don't accept the ellu bella thamboolam as it contains sesame seeds..sesame seeds are considered inauspicious in some households..I don't know why it should matter at all..anyways thats their sentiments

Suma Gandlur said...

Harini, meeku sankranthi subhakankshalu. I think that Andhrites don't accept sesame seeds. Infact my mother also believes that taking sesame seeds from someone is inauspicious. However she doesn't reject when kids bring ellu bella. She makes ellu at home and gives to those kids.
I have never seen Kannadigas rejecting ellu bella since it's their culture, I guess.

swapna said...

Happy Pongal and Sankranti to you...love the virtual and festive trear!!

Priya Sreeram said...

A very Happy Pongal to You, loved the thambulam--have a fab year !

Torviewtoronto said...

happy pongal

harini-jaya said...

Meeru cheppindhi Correct. My mom prepares this and distributes whereas my MIL doesn't. So regional differences endulo naina untai kada..one more in this aspect!

Sush said...

really a virtual treat. Thanks!

Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Thank you for the thambula. I like Ellu Bella very much. We used to get a lot of this from neighbors, when we lived in Mysore. Very yummy..

Priya said...

Happy sankranthi wishes to u and ur family.Loved virtual thambulam..

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Nisha said...

Happy Sankranti to you too. Beautiful Post