Sakkare Acchu Recipe | Makara Sankranti Special

Sakkare Acchu Recipe | Makara Sankranti Special

Sakkare Acchu Recipe for Makara Sankranti with step by step pics

Hello Dear Foodies,
Wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2019. Thanks to all you readers and my bloggers friends for your overwhelming support throughout 2018. Hope you have an incredible and blessed year ahead. Looking forward to your continued love and support in this year ❤

Its my first post in the New Year and I am so delighted to be sharing the recipe of Sakkare Acchu  today. Sakkare Acchu literally translates to Sugar candy figurines / Sugar dolls which are made by solidifying refined sugar syrup in special wooden molds during Sankranti Festival. ‘Makara Sankranti’ is the first festival of the New Year that celebrates the Sun’s journey into the northern hemisphere. This auspicious day is welcomed and celebrated by every state in their own indigenous manner. In Southern parts of Karnataka this festival of harvest is celebrated by exchanging the Sankranti offering between friends and families. And Sakkare Acchu is a quintessential part of the Sankranti offering plate. The plate also contains sugarcane,red berries,bananas,beetle leaves,arecanut and not to miss ELLU BELLA (a special trail mixture of peanuts, dried coconut, roasted chana dal, jaggery and sesame seeds).

The sakkare acchus are made in different shapes, sizes and colors in wooden molds specially available to make them.Though ready made sakkare acchus are available across stores in the market, they are no match to the taste of the homemade ones.The homemade sakkare acchus have a milky white color, a melt in the mouth texture and intricate designs.It’s only after moving abroad that I ventured into making them myself.I jotted down the recipe from Mom and carried the wooden molds with me during one of my vacations.Initially making Sakkare acchu did seem intimidating.It does take time and a whole lot of patience to get perfect sakkare acchus. But the End result is all worth it.I have been making making acchus every year since then and I am glad to be sharing the recipe with you. Hope my step by step pictures and notes help you in making perfect acchus this year.Wish you all a Happy Makara Sankranti (In Advance) 🌼🌸

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Sakkare Acchu
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

sweet sugar figurines made in wooden molds as a part of Sankranti festival.

Cuisine: Kannadiga
Author: Smitha R
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water (or just enough to cover the sugar)
  • 1/3 cup or 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1/3 cup or 5 tablespoons curds (yogurt)
  • wooden molds (sakkare acchu molds) or silicon mold
Instructions
  1. Start by soaking the wooden molds in water. The molds must be completely submerged in the water for at-least 4 hours or even overnight. Skip this step if using silicon molds.
  2. Add sugar and water to a vessel and heat it on a low flame , stirring now and then,till the sugar is completely dissolved.

  3. Add milk and continue heating. Once it comes to a gentle boil switch off the flame.

  4. Strain the mixture through a sieve lined with muslin cloth (or soft cotton cloth).

  5. Transfer the strained mixture back to the same vessel and heat it on a low flame.

  6. Add the yogurt and continue heating for a minute.Switch off the flame and strain the mixture again.

  7. Now your refined sugar syrup to make acchus is ready .

  8. Wipe the soaked molds with a clean dry cloth. Close them and secure them tightly with rubber bands. Place them on a flat surface.

  9. Take a small amount (around 1/3 rd) of the prepared sugar syrup in a heavy bottomed vessel and heat it on a low to medium flame. *Check notes below to make colored acchus
  10. Stir often with a ladle.The sugar syrup will bubble and start getting thicker.

  11. Take a spoonful of the bubbling syrup in your ladle. If the bubbles fade away quickly, the syrup is not done yet. If the bubbles stay for a longer time without fading, take the vessel away from the heat.Stir the syrup continuously with the back of your ladle. The mixture should turn translucent and then turn opaque. {If it doesn't - transfer the vessel back to the heat and repeat this process.}

  12. When the syrup turns milky white in color, pour the syrup into the molds immediately. You have to work fast here as the syrup tends to solidify quickly.{If the syrup solidifies midway add some filtered sugar syrup to the vessel , heat it and repeat the steps 10,11 and 12}

  13. Allow the acchus to cool for a few minutes and then gently demold them with the help of a skewer or toothpick.;Wash the molds in clean water and repeat the steps 8 to 13 to make the next batch.Store them in airtight containers.

 

In Pics :

Start by soaking the wooden molds in water. The molds must be completely submerged in the water for atleast 4 hours or even overnight. Skip this step if using silicon molds.Add sugar and water to vessel and heat it on a low flame , stirring now and then,till the sugar is completely dissolved.


Add milk and continue heating. Once it comes to a gentle boil switch off the flame.Strain the mixture using a muslin cloth (or soft cotton cloth).


Transfer the strained mixture back to the same vessel and heat it on a low flame.Add the yogurt and continue heating for a minute.Switch off the flame and strain the mixture again.Now your sugar syrup to make acchus is ready.


Wipe the soaked molds with a clean dry cloth. Close them and secure them tightly with rubber bands. Place them on a flat surface.Take a small amount (around 1/3 rd) of the prepared sugar syrup in a heavy bottomed vessel and heat it on a low to medium flame.Stir often with a ladle.The sugar syrup will bubble and start getting thicker.


Take a spoonful of the bubbling syrup in your ladle. If the bubbles fade away quickly, the syrup is not done yet. If the bubbles stay for a longer time, take the vessel away from the heat.Stir continuosly with the back of your ladle. The mixture should turn transulent and then turn opaque. {If it doesnt – tranfer the vessel back to the heat and repeat this process.}


Pour the syrup into the molds immediately. You have to work fast here as the syrup tends to solidify quickly.
{If the syrup solidifies midway add some filtered sugar syrup to the vessel , heat it and repeat the steps above}
Allow the acchus to cool for a few minutes and then gently demold them with the help of a skewer or toothpick.


Wash the molds in clean water and repeat the above steps to make the next batch.

Sakkare Acchu

NOTES
*If your sugar syrup is liquidy it may ooze out from the molds. Scrape the syrup back intothe vessel, clean your molds. Reheat the syrup and repeat the steps.
**If any of your acchus break while demolding , you can add them back to the refined sugar syrup.Reheat the syrup and repeat the steps.

**Add a few drops of food color in step 9 to make colored acchus (I added yellow color).
**Add a tablespoon of rose syrup in step 9 to make pink colored and rose flavored acchus.
**If you don’t have the wooden molds handy you can still make sakkare acchus using silicon molds.

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Till the next recipe Keep Smiling and Spread Happiness 🙂

 Smitha

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