Learn how to make jaggery syrup. Here’s the best homemade jaggery syrup recipe. The formula is very simple. It is a delightful stuff and good substitute for white sugar. This ready to use homemade jaggery syrup serves the best for most of your jaggery needs.
Jaggery – A Safer Substitute for Sugar?
Jaggery is the unrefined form of sugar or apt to say, sucrose. Though both table sugar and jaggery contain sucrose there are a lot of debates over which one is good for health.
Table sugar contains sucrose which is then converted to glucose and is quickly absorbed in the blood. Jaggery in contrast to sugar along with sucrose contains inverted sugars and the absorption into the blood will be delayed. You will not be getting instant glucose as it is with table sugar.
The preparation of jaggery involves the usage of large iron vessels due to which some of the iron from the vessels is present in the jaggery. That is why some old people and often doctors advise you to prefer jaggery over sugar when somebody is anaemic. The iron from the vessel enters the jaggery and considered to be good for anaemic patients as a substitute for the sugar.
Jaggery – A Pleasure to Sink your Teeth:
Jaggery is widely used in Indian cuisine for several sweet recipes, curries and lentil soups. South Indians use a lot of jaggery mainly in sweets. Festive season in south India is incomplete without jaggery.
Thus, jaggery is a must in everyone’s household. May it be payasam or chakkara pongali or kobbari undalu or palathalikalu or sambar or ariselu or…you name a sweet and it mostly involves jaggery. There isn’t a bigger pleasure than sink your teeth into Indian festive desserts.
Homemade Jaggery Syrup – Storing without Losing Quality:
However, Jaggery cannot be stored for a long time. Fungal or bacterial infestation is common as it has a lot of moisture and sucrose. For a food freak like me, one needs to keep a stock of most of the commonly used ingredients. Jaggery is, of course, one of them.
To be frank, I find it easier to store the syrup of jaggery instead of jaggery itself. To avoid the havoc of dissolving, filtering and boiling all the time it is used.
One more thing why I prefer to use jaggery syrup instead of whole jaggery is the presence of a lot of solid impurities and sometimes sand. Thus, my first vote of preference would go to homemade jaggery syrup.
Step by step homemade jaggery syrup recipe below:
- Crushed Jaggery – 1 cup
- Water – ½ cup
- Take crushed jaggery in a bowl. Add water to it and let it dissolve. Leave it for an hour so that the jaggery dissolves in the water.
- Keep stirring intermittently to make sure the jaggery is completely dissolved. It might take an extra time (depending upon the quality of jaggery). Alternatively you can heat it.
- Once all the jaggery is dissolved, filter the solution to a thick bottomed vessel.
- On a low flame, boil this syrup slowly while stirring intermittently. Do not boil on medium or high flame as this will burn your jaggery syrup.
- Boil it till sticky consistency. Keep stirring while boiling.
- Let it cool and transfer to a container and store in the refrigerator.
- Use when needed.
Enjoy Homemade Jaggery Syrup:
This ready to use homemade jaggery syrup serves the best for most of your jaggery needs. Of course, not every recipe involves the usage of syrup, but for the recipes which can be made by using jaggery syrup.
You want to me name some?
- Tea: First and foremost is tea which is made with jaggery tastes perfect. I don’t know how many of you have tried it. If not try it now. Substitute the exact amount of table sugar with jaggery syrup and here you go. The perfect chai with crunchy evening snack is definitely gonna make your evening refreshing.
- Milk: I stock powdered cardamom. A pinch of it and a teaspoon of jaggery syrup to a cup of milk will be very tasty.
- Payasam and Rice Kheer: This is the one that everyone knows. Though some might use the whole jaggery in rice kheer, I prefer to use the jaggery syrup to avoid the solid impurities.
- Sambar: Just add a tablespoon of jaggery syrup to your sambar to make it tastier.
- Rasam: ½ a tsp of jaggery syrup to substitute the table sugar will definitely give your rasam the special tinge of jaggery along with the sourness of the tamarind.
Now What About You?
And so many more recipes!!! I have just named few which are used in our daily life. Any more recipes you involve syrup of jaggery, please feel free to post your comments in the comment box given below.