The word 'Sankranti' is derived from sat and kranti, meaning "good movement". More information can be found on Wiki . This period of the year also has agricultural significance. It is the harvest time !! Sankranti is a time to distribute new year crops among your family, friends, and neighbours. We in Karnataka distribute ellu (sesame) , peanut and bella (jaggery) mixture along with sugarcane and banana or a fruit which is available during the season among our friends. As kids we just waited for amma to dress us up appropriately in silk skirts with some good jewelary and off we went streets after streets distributing ellu bella packets. I miss that time of my past now. I took my 5yr old with me in the evening to distribute ellu bella to few Indian neighbours. It was a good experiance to learn their way of celebrating Sankranti.
This is was the last cup of sesame mix which I saved for taking pictures. My son loved eating them and R relished it. Though it can be made at any time of the year, festive mood is an added bonus and excuse for eating more. Here is how we make this wonderful mix which can be served as a snack too :
Peanuts : 1cup (roasted and deskinned)
Dalia/roasted chanadal/pottukadalai/huridakadale : 1cup
Coconut scrapings/dessicated/coconut pieces (dried coconut only) :1 cup
White Sesame seeds : 1cup (fried till they are light brown and fragrant)
Jaggery : 1 cup (cut into pieces or powdered which ever is convinient)
Mix all of them and voila! your snack is ready to eat!! Store in a airtight container