There are several traditional sweets that are commonly prepared during the festival of Sankranthi/Pongal in South India. Some popular Sankranthi special sweets are:
Ariselu: Also known as Athirasam, this sweet is made with a mixture of rice flour, jaggery, and ghee. It is deep-fried and has a crispy texture
Pongal: Pongal is a sweet rice dish made with freshly harvested rice, jaggery, milk, and ghee. It is slow-cooked until it reaches a creamy consistency and is often garnished with cashews and raisins.
Chakkara Pongali: Similar to regular Pongal, Chakkara Pongal is a sweet version made with suagar instead of jaggery. It is flavored with cardamom and garnished with ghee-fried cashews and raisins.
Gavvalu: Gavvalu are small, shell-shaped sweet snacks made with rice flour, jaggery, and ghee. They are deep-fried until golden brown and have a crunchy texture.
Bobbatlu: Bobbatlu is a sweet flatbread made with a filling of cooked lentils (chana dal), jaggery, and cardamom. The filling is stuffed inside a dough made with all-purpose flour and then cooked on a griddle with ghee.
Kajjikayalu: Kajjikayalu, also known as Karanji or Gujiya, are deep-fried dumplings filled with a mixture of coconut, jaggery, and cardamom. They are crispy on the outside and have a sweet and flavorful filling.
Chekkalu: Chekkalu is a crispy and savory South Indian snack that is often prepared during festivals like Sankranthi. It is also known as Thattai or Nippattu in other parts of India. This delicious snack is made with rice flour, lentils, and spices, and is deep-fried to a perfect golden brown. Chekkalu is a must-have in every Telugu household during Sankranthi celebrations.
Sakinalu: It is a tradition to make various types of sweets and snacks to celebrate Sankranthi, a popular Indian festival that marks the end of the harvest season. One such traditional snack is Sakinalu, a crispy and savory snack made with rice flour and sesame seeds.
These are just a few examples of the many Sankranthi special sweets prepared during the festival. The specific sweets may vary based on regional preferences and family traditions.
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