Jaggery (Vellam)

Jaggery is unrefined whole sugar. It is processed in a natural way and it is 100% chemical-free. Raw sugarcane juice is boiled and simmered till the water content is evaporated and reaches a semi solid stage. Then it is poured over small moulds or to a big tray and then shaped into big size balls. The moulded jaggery is called “Achu Vellam” in Tamil. The big size balls are called “Urundai Vellam” also known as “Mandai Vellam” or “Pagu Vellam”.
Jaggery contains natural goodness of minerals and vitamins and it is rich in Magnesium, potassium and iron. It is very useful in treating throat and lung infections. It also cures Cough,Indigestion and Constipation.
Wherever possible, you can use jaggery instead of white refined sugar.
Recipes:
Sweet Rice Pongal
Rice Payasam
Dhal Payasam
Wheat Flour Kesari
Green Gram Dhal Okkarai

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