The Goodness of गुड़- The story of our jaggery powder, its health benefits & how you can include it in your daily diet.
The Goodness of गुड़ - The story of our jaggery powder, its health benefits & how you
Author: Nayanika Kandula Read time: 4mins 16 secscan include it in your daily diet.
The exquisite smell of the jaggery from any Indian kitchen announced with it the arrival of good things. Let it be a small prasad offering at the mandir, or the celebration of a job promotion - the mithais made with jaggery always won everybody’s hearts. From Telangana’s parvanam to Bihar’s Tilkut - Jaggery, for centuries jaggery has been the hero ingredient in sweets across the entire country leaving its competitor sugar, way behind in the race of taste.
Sugar, rightfully so, has gotten the treatment of being the step-ingredient, still used as a sweetener in the everyday chai-coffees but not too far beyond that. The convenience of sugar made it much easier and less tedious but jaggery’s taste always made all the effort it took worth it. But how different are sugar and jaggery really?
While both of sugar and jaggery require sugarcane juice to be boiled, the processes start to differ after this. To give sugar it’s white and clear texture, it is boiled with bone charcoal to absorb the unwanted particles and is later crystallised into the sugar we consume. In the case of jaggery, the sugarcane juice is left to boil and thicken into a paste which is later poured into moulds which when hardened, gives us the blocks of jaggery that we consume.
It just takes this one different step, which makes jaggery a much healthier ingredient when compared to sugar? Yes, that is apparently all it takes to change the sucrose consistency. While sugar consists of simple sucrose which is instantly absorbed in the blood to be released as sudden bursts of energy, jaggery’s complex and longer chains of sucrose ensure that the it is digested slower than sugar and the energy is released periodically. Jaggery also is home to other helpful minerals like irons and mineral salts which bring with them a plethora of benefits.
In our aim to make the tedious process of jaggery grating/shaving easier and much more accessible for daily consumption - we ended up making it a powder. Our jaggery powder makes the shift from sugar to jaggery even easier. While the taste initially would seem different, we now see an increasing number of people make the shift to adding jaggery powder in their daily beverages in an attempt to ensure healthier eating. The traditional use in which jaggery in converted into a syrup can be done much quicker and easily with our powdered jaggery. On our conquest to understand how we could curb our sugar cravings using healthier alternatives, we found a few recipes which sparked our interest.
We found a combination of all of our favourite sweet things on Tina’s blog - Love Is In My Tummy. Heavy cream, sesame and jaggery mixed together to make this delightful no- churn ice cream which would be a certain hit with everybody!
- - Cold heavy whipping cream - 1 cup
- - Sweetened condensed milk - 200 mL
- - Sesame seeds - 1/2 cup
- - Jaggery powder - 1/2 cup
- - Crushed Roasted Peanuts - 1/2 cup
- 1. Sesame seeds should be dry roasted on medium heat till they change colour. After they cool down, they should be grinder to a fine powder which will be sticky because of the oil that comes out of it.
- 2. Chill a mixing bowl and start whisking the whipping cream while placing the bowl over an ice bath.
- 3. Once the cream forms soft peaks, fold in the condensed milk and add sesame seeds and peanuts.
- 4. Heat jaggery powder on a low flame till it reaches the consistency of a syrup..
- 5. Pour the jaggery syrup over the ice cream bowl and season with peanuts.
- 6. Freeze it overnight while you wait in anticipation about when to eat the dessert.
- 7. Next morning, eat the dessert!
One of our colleagues, was also happy enough to tell us about her favourite beverage off late - Gud ki Chai.
- - Water - 1 cup
- - Milk - 1/2 cup
- - Tea Leaves - 2 tsp
- - Dry Ginger Powder/Soonth - 1 tsp
- - Safe Harvest Jaggery Powder - 3 tsp
- - The process is not much too different from making traditional chai. Add 1 cup of water and while it simmers, add the soonth powder and tea leaves.
- - Add 1/2 cup of milk and let it boil.
- - After around 2 minutes, turn off the stove and wait for 30 seconds before adding 3 tsps of jaggery powder to the tea.
Our Jaggery Powder is currently running on a combo discount where 500g of Jaggery Powder and 1kg of Whole Wheat Atta can be bought for 99/-
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