Jaggery

Tamil : vellam
Telugu : bellam
Hindi : gur

Can be replaced with brown sugar. Jaggery is dehydrated sugarcane juice and is mostly produced locally in India. Jaggery is not purified and therefore has all the quality of the juice itself. Jaggery is as important as sugar in Indian Cookery.Jaggery ranges from mustard yellow to deep amber in colour, depending on the quality of sugarcane juice. It is sticky but can be crumbled easily. It is made up of big lumps, which melts to a thick gooey paste. Jaggery has a heavy, caramel – like aroma which is slightly alcoholic.

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