April 02, 2016

Ellunda, a traditional sweet of Kerala

Sesame seeds are known as Ellu in Tamil and Malayalam, Til in Hindi.  They are very rich in Calcium and other minerals. This dish can be used as a mid meal snack instead of biscuits and chips.

Ingredients needed to prepare Ellunda / Ellu Urunda
1/2 kilo Sesame Seeds / Ellu
200 grams Jaggery
1 tsp cardamom seeds powdered
2 tbsps water

How to prepare Sesame / Ellu  for the Ellunda
Take a thick bottommed fry pan.
Add cleaned sesame seeds and roast them till they start to burst. Remove and keep aside.

How to prepare  Jaggery syrup?
Take a sauce pan, add pieces of jaggery with 2 tbsps of water.
Stir till the jaggery melts and starts boiling.
Once it forms a syrup remove from fire.
The consistency of the syrup should be a soft ball one, that is while the jaggery is boiling, put in a drop or two in a glass of water.
The melted jaggery should shape like a ball when you shape it with your fingers.
This soft ball consistency will be the right one for preparing the sesame balls / Ellunda.

How to prepare Ellunda?
Mix in the Sesame seeds to the boiling jaggery.
Remove the sesame seeds and  jaggery from the flame and let cool.
When it is cool enough to shape it into balls, apply a little ghee on to your palms and then shape them in to round balls. 

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