Health Benefits of Jaggery
Today I will discuss the goodness of jaggery (Gur in Hindi). It is an unrefined natural sugar and the best part is that it is produced without adding chemicals. So, it is far better than the white crystallized sugar that we consume daily.
Whenever we are out of sweet dishes or desserts at home, jaggery is the first resort!! My mamma makes awesome sesame and peanut chikki with Gur ( jaggery) at home!!
During summers jaggery is used to protect the body from the heat waves and in winters the same is used to keep the body warm. Amazing no??
Health Benefits of Jaggery are as follows:
• Jaggery purifies the blood.
Jaggery is good to purify the blood. Taking a few grams of jaggery each day is known to be beneficial. It also increases haemoglobin level of the blood and prevents anaemia.
• Prevents bile disorders
Bile is produced by the liver to aid digestion. Jaggery helps the prevention of bile disorders in the body.
• Rich source of iron, potassium and magnesium.
It is known to contain 10 times more iron as compared to spinach!!! I am going to include it in my daily diet. I guess I won’t get such a tasty source of iron anywhere else in the world.
• Cures indigestion and constipation.
Jaggery has natural cleansing properties that aid digestion. It helps in removing toxins from the body thus relieving constipation.
• Helps people with water retention problem
• Helps to cure dry cough, cough with sputum
As it is anti-oxidant in nature it helps in the treatment of cough and other lung infections. Jaggery protects our lungs and is good for treating throat and lung infections. Jaggery is also helpful for asthma patients as it has anti-allergy properties too. No wonder I can find it in Ayurvedic cough syrups.
• Protects the body’s cells against ageing
Once again its antioxidant properties help in protecting the cells against ageing as it fights the free radicals in the body.
• Helps in relieving fatigue
Mixing jaggery with water helps reduce tiredness and relaxes the muscles, nerves and blood vessels.
• It is used in the treatment of jaundice.
• Useful for people with migraine problem.
• Prevents rheumatic problems.
• Maintains blood pressure.
Such an easy and tasty way to stay healthy!
Now it is recipe time!! I am sharing the recipe of delicious chikki (sweet candy) made by my mother. You will need the following:
1. Jaggery ( a medium sized ball would do)
2. Peanuts (without skin)
3. Sesame seeds
4. Desi ghee ( for greasing purpose)
In a pan lightly roast sesame seeds and keep them aside.
Heat the jaggery in a pan on medium flame till it starts melting, that would be around 2 minutes ( not beyond that as then your chikki will turn out to be hard).
Wait for bubbles to appear in the molten jaggery. If you want to check whether the jaggery is of the right consistency just drop a bit on a plate and see if drop is round. If it is so it is ready.
Now to the jaggery add peanuts and the roasted sesame seeds and transfer the contents of the pan to a greased plate ( greased with desi ghee).
Wait for a a while and allow it to set. Once it cools down then with a knife cut out the chikki with horizontal and vertical cuts forming squares.
Your chikki is now ready! You can also make it with Cashew nuts, Almonds and walnuts Words of caution here, do not over indulge as sesame seeds are known to be hot by nature. The best time to have this is during winters.
About the Author
Vinita Kochhar is Punjabi girl born and brought up in Chennai. She is an MBA in E-business and is currently in charge of the computer section in her father’s own firm. She used to be extremely thin back in her school days and people used to call her a skeleton. After she stepped into college things changed and she gained weight. She prefers to eat home cooked food, fresh fruits and have a glass of milk every day.
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