• In Maharashtra, most vegetables curries and dals contain jaggery.
• Jaggery is used a lot during Makara Sankaranti (Pongal) time all over the country. In Maharashtra it is used to make sweets like tilgul, while in Tamilnadu it is used to make sweet pongal (chakkarai pongal), payasam (kheer), etc. In some form or the other, it is included in festive cooking.
• In rural Maharashtra, water and a piece of jaggery are given when someone arrives home after working in the hot sun.
• Kakvi, a by-product of the production of jaggery, is also used in rural Maharashtra as a sweetener.
• Jaggery is regularly consumed as a sweetener and is a part of many sweet delicacies such as gur ka chawal (rice with jaggery), which is a traditional Rajasthani dish.
• A pinch of jaggery is sometimes added to spicy preparations like sambhar, rasam and other gravies, to enhance the other flavours.
• Jaggery is also added to lentil soups to add sweetness to balance the spicy, salty and sour components, particularly in Gujarati cuisine.
• Many sweet dishes are made by mixing jaggery with milk and coconut or with nuts like cashew.
How to store jaggery, gur, gud
• Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Health benefits of jaggery, gur, gud
Jaggery has some minerals and a few health benefits to its credits. 1. Filled with Iron
Jaggery, like beaten rice (poha)
, is recognized for being made in an iron
vessel and thus provides about 1 mg iron from ¼ cup. Iron is the key nutrient for making up your haemoglobin count and supplying oxygen and nutrients to all organs of our body. 2. Fair Source of Other MineralsCalcium
are the other 2 minerals jaggery is a fairly good source of. These 2 work hand-in-hand to build strong bones and teeth.
For complete Health Benefits of Jaggery
read this article.Nutritive Information of Jaggery (Gur):
¼ cup of chopped jaggery is about 38 grams
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.
Energy - 145 caloriesProtein
– 0.1 g
Carbohydrate – 36.1 g
Fat – 0 gFibr
e – 0 g