I can relate to the fondest memories of growing up eating a generous amount of gur with the meals that my mother used to serve me lovingly. Another form of my personal favourite version of jaggery is the gur ki chai. Aisi chai ho jaye toh baat ban jaye! Call it gul in Marathi, bellam in Telugu, vellam in Tamil, sharkara in Malayalam or bella in Kannada, it all boils down to the fact this unrefined sugar obtained from raw and concentrated sugarcane juice is just heavenly! Jaggery is also made with other sources like date palm and coconut sap. All these are equally awesome!
An important ingredient in Ayurveda too, did you know that jaggery contains more nutrients than many other sweeteners and offers a variety of medicinal properties as well? As it is great for pacifying vata, aids in digestion while flushing out the body toxins, boosts immunity and relieves menstrual pain too. Additionally, it contains antioxidants, zinc, potassium, magnesium and iron, which without any second thoughts makes it win over the white sugar.
Read on to know some of the most amazing and unknown facts about this marvel.
Now that you have read so much about good gur, try on some recipes to experiment with this charming sweetener.
1) Gudwali Kheer
Indulge guilt-free with this evergreen kheer made with the wonder ingredient, jaggery. Taste bhi health bhi, isn’t it? Isko banana hai bahut hi aasaan!
2) Jaggery Malpua
Enjoy the nutrient-rich jaggery in this popular mithai. The taste is sure to linger on your palate for a long.
3) Jaggery Tea
Chai ho toh meethi ho varna na ho. Hai na? But I know you must be having reservations related to the fitness regime you follow. So, when you have a keen interest in sipping that warmth of tea in the evening over snacks, jaggery will take away all your worries in a jiffy!
4) Gud aur Saunth Ke Goley
Best of both the worlds is what goes apt for this recipe version. Your immunity power will surely enhance. Not just this, the digestion process will improvise, heart’s health will be taken care of. What else can you ask for!
5) Coconut Jaggery Pancakes
Bringing you the hearty recipe from the breezy land of Goa, binge it with high tea and you’ll surely remember me for sharing this with you. Goans call this as alle belle, which is considered the best tea time snack companion as per the traditional pancake recipe.
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