Ellu Podi / Ellu Urundai


Ellu or the Sesame seeds is the one of the most versatile seeds that have a place in every other cuisine in the world. They are known for the nutritional benefits and are exceptionally rich in Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium and also have Vitamin B1 and Vitamin E.

There is also a general belief that Sesame seeds have the property to regulate the menstrual disorders in Women. Although I do not recommend taking it without any Professional advice, I myself have experienced it working like magic.

Over to our simple Ellu Podi or Sesame powder..

Ellu Podi
Sweetened Sesame Powder

What we need:
White Sesame seeds - 1 cup
Powdered Jaggery - 3/4th cup
Cardamom Powder - a pinch Optional

How to do:
1. Check for any impurities and dry roast the sesame seeds till they turn light brown.
2. Let them cool and powder them in the mixer.
3. To this, add the powdered Jaggery and pulse it for 3 to 4 times. Mix in the cardamom powder and pulse it once more.
4. Allow it cool and store it in an air-tight container.

You can use this powder to make Ellu Sadam (Sesame rice), Ellu Sevai (Sesame Rice Hopstrings) and also add this at the end when making "Vatha Kozhambu", it tastes awesome!

To make Urundai or balls, all you have do is to shape the powder using your hands into balls immediately after pounding. The stickness from the sesame and the slight warmth will help in shaping them.

These yummy Sesame balls find their way to Priya's Cooking with Seeds: Sesame. Thanks Priya for organising such a wonderful event!
See you all soon with another interesting recipe. Till then, Happy Cooking and Happy Blogging!

45 comments:

Sowmya said...

wow...wonderful..i love this ellu urundai,and in vathakuzhambu it enhances the taste...yummy!nice pics dear!

shanthi said...

This has a special flavour. Love to have this.

sowmya.s said...

i love this..used to have them back in india especially during sankranthi..

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!!! this sounds interesting! looks good too:)

Sushma Mallya said...

sounds good and an amazing click rohini...

Latha said...

Though I have tasted, haven't tried one...Thanks for the recipe :). Awesome clicks.

Pavithra said...

I love this so much so healthy... loved the first picture and perfect for the event

Cool Lassi(e) said...

A very versatile podi, Rohini. And so easy to make. Right up my alley.

Nithya said...

Wow.. I just had this a day back in my native with idiyapam.. :) Love it so much. Lovely clicks too dear. :)

AshKuku said...

I love ellundais...... But I fear them like hell, because of my ongoing
.... Whatever!!!! But I still love them,& hope to savor them again fearlessly some day......

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

tasteofsaras said...

Very delicious podi and would be perfect with crispy onion doas..hmm my fav!!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

The ellu podi looks fantastic.

Pavithra said...

Hey that looks superb.I have been looking for this recipe for so long and I got it. Thanks dear.Lovvely picture !!

Sarah Naveen said...

Looks so delicious..I m yet to try this..

Gulmohar said...

I love this..and wonderful clicks dear !!

priya said...

wow...my fav....love to have it anytime!

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SE said...

yummy and tasty..i love to use sesame seeds in my masala..this is nice and sweet !

vineetha said...

I love ellu unda..thats what we call in malayalam for the balls...

Preeti Kashyap said...

The pics look so lovely rohini! I love ellu podi!

DEESHA said...

nice podi .. very new to me .. must be breat with rice.

Ammu Madhu said...

Great recipe.

Priya said...

Ellu podi and ellu urundai looks delicious and prefect for me ROhini..thanks for sending this beauties to CWS..

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Have not tried at home, sounds simple and easy to make. Thanks for the flavorful recipe da..........

Faiza Ali said...

just love those undai...my mom used to make this..thanks for the recipe dear.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Ellu urandai, mmm I love them... Usually my Mom and Grandma soak the black sesame seeds and budge them and make Urandais, it used to be a mix of white and black... I am a very hot person so I am keeping away from these sweets, now after visiting ur post am so tempted to make this!!!

Anupama said...

Ellu podi is my all time fav podi and so is ellu urundai, but Mom never let us eat more of ellu as she says it increases body heat. I store this podi in my freezer so that I can enjoy it for a longer period of time. I've been thinking of asking my Mom for the recipe of ellu podi, but have been forgetting each time. Now I know where to find it :-)

AdukalaVishesham said...

ellu podi/ellu undai looks really good... even we have heard ellu is good to regulate menstrual disorders... nice recipe..

Kanchan said...

Wonderful snap !! This one is quite new to me , means we make ladoos .. but never had it in powder form !

jeyashrisuresh said...

even my grandma never alllows us to eat more ellu products.I add in pulikaichal,never tried in vathakulambhu.
Nice click.and great authentic recipe

Nandini said...

Cute ellu stuff! :3 It's eyecatching!

Padhu said...

I love the flavor of sesame seed podi! Nice pics

Devi Meyyappan said...

Woow.. nice and different.. I just realize, I've never used sesame to make any dish!..:), should use it.. nice pics!!

meeso said...

I am craving sweets, everything with sugar is tempting me!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

My mom aways advice me to consume ellu once in a while.Nice recipe!

அண்ணாமலையான் said...

gud & healthy receipe

Ambika said...

Thank you babe!! I also love Piya Basanti re and all the other ones u mentioned...our tastes are pretty similar !

Babli said...

Ellu podi looks wonderful. I love to eat with dosa and idly. Wonderful presentation.

munchcrunchandsuch said...

i totally agree with u on the magic of sesame seeds in regulating ur menstural cycle.am a beneficiary too.

Pranita Raj said...

Hey Rohini.., I love the ellu podi.., I always make it a point to taste some whenever I go to Sadhna aunty's house.., It is Lakshmi's personal fav too.., and I believe that Amma ( Lakshmi's granda) makes some of the best Ellu podi ever..,

Cheers..,

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Preety said...

i bet this has tasted awesome, all my fav ingredients

Malar said...

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Are you doing his exercises dear?

Malar said...

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Fathima said...

Ellu podi looks wonderful... nice clicks... first time here... you have a nice space... following u now....