In a country like ours, where food and season are intertwined, it is a blessing to be able to relish nature’s abundance. With the onset of winter, the one ingredient that is in demand is gur or jaggery which is obtained by boiling filtered sugarcane juice. Many of us have seen elders in our families ending their meals with some gur and ghee. So, what is it about this little golden brown chunk of naturally-obtained sweetness that everyone swears by? What are the benefits of jaggery?? Let’s see below 👇
➡️ Jaggery is a good source of magnesium, which act as a muscle relaxant, makes the nervous system more robust and helps bust fatigue.
➡️ It helps stimulate the release of endorphins or ‘feel good’ hormones in the body.
➡️ A cup of warm water with jaggery can help ease anxiety.
➡️ It is an antidote to the ravages caused by pollution, as it helps cleanse respiratory tracts.
➡️ It also helps prevent anaemia and detoxifies the liver.
➡️ It is loaded with antioxidants, acts as a cleanser and flushes out toxins from the liver.
➡️ It helps boost immunity and fight flu and cough sensations.
➡️ Jaggery turmeric laddoos made from ghee and flax seeds or jaggery panjiri made from roasted sesame seeds works wonders for the bones and aids digestion.
There is much variety of gur, depending upon which plant they are extracted from. ” Apart from sugarcane, jaggery is made from palm juice, called which is denser in texture than cane ones.
What you must know before buying Jaggery?
🔴 To identify the purity of jaggery we must identify its colour as it plays an important role. Ideally, the colour of the jaggery should be dark brown.
🔴 Taste a piece of jaggery. It should not taste even slightly salty. If it does, this may indicate that it’s not quite fresh and has a high concentration of mineral salts.
JAGGERY GETS A FUSION TWIST
From gur-wali chai to banana pancakes with jaggery, it’s all about taste, aroma and flavour!!
The pandemic has changed a lot in our lives which has impacted our lives in a big way. How?
One of the big change it has bring in the lives of many people is their food choices.
Eating has been transformed from being a comforting experience to a healthy activity during the pandemic. With the increased awareness of healthy lifestyle practices for boosting immunity and the do’s and don’ts, many have turned towards eating for health. The use of Jaggery and other healthy alternatives are certainly a part of the pandemic-led health revolution
‘Jaggery is a healthy alternative to sugar’
Jaggery has been consumed by Indians for a long time. However, with the addition of Western desserts, most chefs replaced jaggery with sugar as they found it impractical to use jaggery in many of their recipes. While jaggery is used in many traditional recipes like gulgule and dal as well as halwas and chikkis, winter harvest festivals like Lohri and Makar Sankranti to promote the use of jaggery-based sweet and snacks.
With the growing awareness about eating right, avoiding refined products and replacing those refined sugars with natural sweeteners, chefs and nutritionists have started reinventing healthy recipes using jaggery, coconut sugar, or even date syrups etc as sugar alternatives.
After replacing jaggery with sugar for our taste and comfort, we are again going back to jaggery for health reasons. We can use jaggery in food, desserts and drinks as it imparts a unique taste to the dish and makes it healthier. One can use jaggery in its pure organic form, powdered and even in rock form.
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