January 13, 2012

South Indies: Sakkare Achchu | Sugar Candy for Sankranti

Sankranti  is here again .. Which only means, its time for Ellu Bella, Sakkare Achchu & some good Pongal ..

Ellu Bella 2012

Just like every year, my Grandmother made some gorgeous Sakkare Achchu to be distributed amongst family & friends .. And, without these, Sankranti,  in Karnataka would be incomplete. Those of you who do not know, Sakkare Achchu are little sugar candies of different shapes made especially for Sankranti

sakkare achchu

Sakkare Achchu

This recipe makes about 50-55 Sugar Candies depending on the size of your molds

To Make Sakkare Achchu :
  • 3 cups or 1 kg  Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • Rubber Bands
  • Sakkare Achchu Molds
  • Muslin Cloth

To Purify Sugar:
  • Soak sugar in water for an hour. For every cup of sugar, use half a cup of water
  • Soak the molds in water & set aside
  • In a heavy bottomed pot, add the dissolved sugar alongwith water & bring it to a boil. Sieve with a clean muslin cloth. Repeat the process twice.
  • Now add milk alongwith sugar & bring it to a boil. Sieve again
  • Repeat the process with yogurt as well .. This removes any impurities present in sugar

To Make Sakkare Achchu:
  • Wipe the molds clean & secure with rubber bands at the ends. The molds must be slightly damp
  • Work 1/4  a cup of sugar mixture at a time. Add the mixture into a heavy bottomed pot & keep stirring continuously on very low flame until the sugar muxture gets frothy & turns white in color.
  • Arrange about 5 molds at a time & pour the mixture into the molds. Tap the molds as you pour the mixture. Leave it undisturbed for about  5 mins.
  •  Gently remove the sugar candy from the mould & if the candy does not de mould easily, gently poke the edges with a safety pin
  • Once done, soak the molds again & pat them dry & use them again
  • Repeat this process for the rest of the sugar mixture
  • Store them in air tight jars

Sankranthi Collage

Ellu Bella in little Earthen Pots

  • It is said that, the older the molds are, better are the results .. So if you are making these for the first time, borrow from your granny or an aunt
  • Once the sugar syrup crystallizes after it is poured into the molds, do not leave them for more than 5 mins. They harden very fast, making them very difficult to unmould
  • You can add food color to make colored candies, but I love White ..
  • If you are looking out to buy Sakkare Achchu molds, you must be able to get it almost anywhere in Karnataka, especially around the Sankranti season
  • If you live in Bangalore, you should be able to find these easily in Malleshwaram, Jayanagar Market or Gandhi Bazaar circle. My Grandmother told me that you get excellent molds in Tamil Nadu as well

Ellu Bella Sakkare Achchu 2012

Wishing you all a Very Happy Sankranti/Pongal


Kalpana Sareesh said...


Wonderful clicks n perfect posts, i hv tasted elu bella but hv not heard ab this shakkar achhu they look so cute n lovely shapes .. love the temple shap esp.. looks so good.. all these traditional customs shd be carried for sure.. Nice sharing..

Happy Shankranthi to u n to ur family n esp to ur granny..

DEESHA said...

That was so quick .. Thank You, Kalpana .. Wishing you a Happy Sankranti

Ansh said...

How cute are these!! Lovely post!

Aarthi said...

yummy recipe...I will try it soon....This makes me drool..Bookmarking it..


ANU said...

wow awesome dear luv it!

Sneha Rao said...

Hey Deesha!!

Happy Sankaranti. Everything looks so pretty. I love the Tulasi katte one. :0)


Deepti Pawar said...

Lovely lovely post! I am craving sakkare achchu and yellu bella like NOW! Will ask my folks to store some of it for me when we reach Bangalore next month. Happy Shankranti to you and yours, Deepthi!

magpie said...

Wow what gorgeous pictures! Have never seen these before. So pretty!

Sree said...

Lovely pics..As I remember they use to distribute this sweet achchu in marriages and in other functions too ..

Shilpa said...

Happy Shankranti ,nothing can beat the melt in the mouth feel & taste of homemade sakre-achchu..beautiful clicks and presentation as always.

Jaya said...

Beautiful clicks and this makes me so happy seeing a traditional recipe on sankranti..lovely ..wish you a happy sankranti...hugs and smiles

Priya said...

Wow, wat a great looking sakre achchu,super cute..Happy Sankranthi wishes.

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely pictures looks wonderful

Priti said...

Happy Pongal Deesha ....achchu looks so cute ....very pretty ...and fab pics

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

very cute shaped candies... awesome clicks too!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Happy Sankranti to you and your family. Sugar candy looks so delicious and moutwatering.
Hamaree Rasoi

Recipe world said...

Happy Sankranti to you and your family dear..sakkare achchu looks so lovely!

Akila said...

Happy sankranthi. Sugar candies look so cute dear

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

Beautiful photos! Happy Sankranti to you and your family :)

Santosh Bangar said...

wow..gr8 and innovative recipe

uma shankar said...

Made these before but never knew it was made for sankaranthi!Happy Pongal!

notyet100 said...

Wish ya happy festival,..clicks look so perfect

Richa said...

those pictures are gorgeous.. i dont remember what we call these sugar candy.. its been almost 15 years since i had any.. good old times! thanks for posting the recipe!

Anzz said...

Gorgeous wonderful pics.. Loved it.
I am hosting Valentines Special, my 1st blog event and give away. Please do send in your recipes and be a part of it. Thanx.

Madhavi said...

Great post and lovely sugar candies. Happy pongal!!


chitraj.hegde said...

lovely..the simple recipe given royal looks in ur clocks.....I too prepared it...it is my fav....and loved ur presentation...

Nagashree said...

Those sakkare achus look so inviting :-), Tulasi katte and the ship makes go back to school days where every single Sankranthi would not be complete without these. I haven't tried them on my own so far, planning to do sometime.., I need to get those moulds first.

Revati said...

I want to buy the acchu. Where can I buy those? Could u help me buy from India? My email is Revati@Juno.com
Thank you