Jaggery: A Sugarcane Treat

On the way back from Fatehgarh we passed many farmers making jaggery, a sugary treat, out of sugarcane. The jaggery tastes like sorghum molasses but it’s cooked over heat and left to dry like candy. It’s considered a real treat and makes great Diwali gifts. A pinch of it is sometimes used in curries and dal.
We stopped and watched them make a whole batch for us. The sugarcane is crushed by a power-driven crusher and then the juice that is collected is boiled in large round flat bottomed pans. A little lime is put in to draw any wood fibers to the top, which eases their removal. The juice is boiled until it is reduced to about 30%. Then it is scooped out and left to dry on aluminum drying sheets.
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