An unrefined sugar from the sap of palm trees or sugarcane juice is boiled down to make jaggery
Taste: Between molasses and caramel, depending on the season. Not as sweet as refined sugar.
Look: Yellow to golden brown in color, usually sold in a large block to be broken into chunks.
Smell: Distinct, caramel sweet-like scent.
Use in place of traditional sugar where you would like to add some sweetness. Really delicious to make your own candies and mix with nuts, coconut, or with tamarind.
- You can find it on amazon or at your local Indian grocer.
- Best to buy in a block where it can retain a good amount of moisture. If it is very broken apart it dries more quickly.
- Treats respiratory infections.
- Since unrefined, it retains vitamins and minerals that are normally stripped away in the refinement process.
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