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Friday, 12 December 2014

Jaggery / Molasses

What is Jaggery ?
Jaggery is a wholesome natural sweetener produced from the sugarcanes, most common in Southeast Asia. Also called pilloncillo and panela. It is sweet, light to dark brown in color, and is usually available in pressed cakes, chips or powder. It is a healthy alternative to refined white sugar.

Health Benefits
  • Jaggery has sucrose and glucose, but along with that it also has good amounts minerals and vitamins.
  • It may cause sudden spike of blood sugar levels, so diabetics have to be cautious and use this in moderation.
  • Good source of magnesium. It helps in relieving fatigue, relaxing the muscles, nerves and blood vessels, thus relieving the symptoms of asthma, migraine headaches, tension and soreness in muscles etc.
  • Good source of potassium; this along with low amounts of sodium helps to maintain blood pressure and reduces water retention.
  • Good source of iron that in respiration at the cellular level by synthesizing hemoglobin that helps to carry oxygen to cells.
  • Very good source of manganese, which is an essential cofactor in many enzymatic reactions in the body, especially in the production of energy and antioxidants defenses.
  • Good source of selenium. It acts as an antioxidant and scavenges free radicals from the body.
  • Moderate sources of other minerals like calcium, phosphorus and zinc which are essential to maintain the metabolic activities of the body.
  • Good source of vitamins Niacin and Vitamin B6, which are essential cofactors in enzymatic reactions of the body. 

    Medical disclaimer:

    The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. It is not to be used to diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications. 

    Names In Other Languages for Jaggery (Arabic, Assamese, Bengali,Chinese, French, German, Gujarati,Hindi, Kannada, Malay, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu)::

    Nutritional value

    Nutritional Information per Serving:
    Serving Size100 g of Jaggery
    % Daily Requirements
    Total Calories38313%
    Calories from carbohydrates383
    Total fat0 g0%
    Trans fat0 g0%
    Cholesterol0 g0%
    Total carbohydrate95g30%
    Dietary fiber0 g0%
    Sugars46.5 g
    Protein0 g0%
    Calcium80 mg10%
    Iron3 mg21%
    Magnesium112 mg30%
    Phosphorus40 mg3%
    Potassium453 mg15%
    Sodium27 mg1%
    Zinc0.3 mg2%
    Copper0.5 mg24%
    Manganese1.5 mg77%
    Selenium17.8 mcg25%
    Niacin0.9 mg5%
    Vitamin B60.7 mg34%


    Jaggery Substitute

    Sugar or artificial sweetener.

    Where it can be used

    Cooking. It can be used as a table sweetener or in baking to replace refined sugar one cup for one cup.

    How to Store

    Store in an airtight container or jar in a cool, dry place. Usually it can last for months

    Recipe Using  Jaggery (Here I list only main dishes.. but Jaggery  can be used in lot of dishes for decoration or just to add little flavour)

    Tuesday, 1 October 2013


    What is Pistachio?

    Wonderfully delicious pistachio nuts have been revered as the symbol of wellness and robust health since ancient times. The nuts are enriched with many health-benefiting nutrients that are essential for optimum health.
    Pistachio nuts are dry fruits of species of trees belonging in the Anacardiaceae family, of the genus:Pistacia. The plant is a medium sized broad, bushy, dioecious, deciduous tree, believed to be originating in the mountain ranges of West-Asian region. Several cultivars exist; however, the most popular variety grown for the commercial purpose is the kerman.
    The fruit, in fact, is a drupe (a fruit with a large, central located single seed), and the seed kernel is actually the edible portion. Each season, the tree bears heavy clusters of fruits, which appear somewhat like that of a grape bunch. Exteriorly, the mature fruit features off white colored, hard, shell with splits apart exposing yellow-light green colored oblong kernel, which measures about 1 inch in length and 1/2 inch in diameter.


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