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Jaggery Health benefits – Janamashtmi recipe

Posted by on Sep 02, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Jaggery is known as the “medicinal sugar” as it has different health benefits to help in overall wellness of a person. Jaggery Janamashtmi recipe is beneficial for health so read its benefits below.

Jaggery is a pure, wholesome, unrefined whole sugar with natural goodness of minerals and vitamins. It is produced from sugarcanes. It is a healthy alternative to white refined sugar. It has sucrose and glucose as well as amount of minerals and vitamins needed for the healthy functioning of the body.

Doctors advise people to replace sugar with jaggery but you need to be careful as the latter may cause sudden spike of blood sugar levels. It is also a good source of magnesium which in turn helps in relieving fatigue along with relaxation of muscles, nerves and blood vessels. It helps in relieving the symptoms of asthma, migraine, tension and soreness in muscles. It also provides potassium and low amounts of sodium helps to maintain blood pressure and reduces water retention.

Jaggery is very good for anemic people because it is a good source of iron that helps in increasing hemoglobin level in the body. It also includes manganese and selenium that acts as an antioxidant scavenging free radicals from the body. It has moderate amounts of calcium, phosphorus and zinc as a result it helps to maintain optimum health and helps in the purification of blood, along with preventing rheumatic afflictions and disorders of bile.

One should eat jaggery regularly to enhance one’s overall health looking at the high nutritional value of jaggery. It is good for Dry Cough, Cough with Sputum, Indigestion, constipation too.

Jaggery benefits:

The antioxidants in gur (jaggery) help to support a healthy immune system and healthy aging.

  • Magnesium relaxes the muscles and improves overall blood circulation.
  • The high potassium content of gur (jaggery) may also help reduce bloating and water retention.
  • Gur (jaggery) also contains a significant amount of zinc, manganese, selenium, calcium and phosphorus.
  • It can help to complement a healthy diet and lifestyle, and is often used as a substitute for sugar in most dishes and beverages.
  • Jaggery can be especially beneficial for people who (are):
    • anemic
    • cannot eat or tolerate meat
    • suffering from frequent muscle cramps, tension or soreness
    • pregnant or experiencing PMS symptoms
    • have eaten too much salt can balance out their diets with gur (jaggery).

Healing Benefits of Jaggery:

Jaggery is also used as medicinal aid, and can help relieve many health problems. Some important health and healing benefits of jaggery include:

  • Treats colds- liquid gur (jaggery) mix 1tbsp gur (jaggery) block in 1 cup of lukewarm water + green betel leaves. Take twice a day.
  • Stops hiccups- liquid gur (jaggery ) + dry ginger powder. Take 1tsp with warm water.
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Manages menstrual disorder- Take 1 tsp gur (jaggery) every day.
  • Manages anemia- 1 tsp gur (jaggery) eaten daily.
  • Reduces flatulence – 10 g gur (jaggery) to be eaten after food every day.
  • Alleviates a cough– Gur (jaggery) + black pepper. Take 1tsp with warm water.
  • Reduces tension headaches or migraines– Mix 10 g gur (jaggery) + 6 g sesame seeds + 2-3 drops milk. Apply paste on forehead.
  • Treats injuries – If a glass piece pierces skin, smear hot melted gur (jaggery). When cold, it will suck out the glass.

Janamashtmi recipe:

Malpura:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of fine wheat flour
  • 1 cup fine semolina (Suji)
  • 2 cups grated jaggery (gur)
  • 2 Tablespoons ghee
  • 1 Tablespoon peppercorns
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Tablespoon curd
  • Pinch each of salt and soda.

Method:

  1. Put the flour & the semolina in a bowl along with the milk, curds, jaggery and the pinch of salt.
  2. Beat at least for 5 to 7 minutes so that the mixture becomes light and fluggy.
  3. Pound the peppercorns coarsely & add to the mixture.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee and pour over the mixture.
  5. Mix well, cover the dekchi and let stand for 7/8 hours in a warm place.
  6. The mixture would have risen by this time. Stir it well. If it is thick, add a little milk or water to bring it to the pouring consistency.
  7. Add and blend in it the pinch of soda and juice lime.
  8. Place a deep frying pan with lot of ghee in it, when it is heated lower the fire, gently put in 1 tablespoon of the ready batter into the heated ghee.
  9. Fry to a golden brown colour on both sides, while frying splash to make it porous and crisp.
  10. Take out with a slotted spoon & place in a strainer so that the extra ghee drips down.

Appam Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Maida – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom – 1/2 tsp
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup(grind them finely and keep it)
  • Oil – for frying

Jaggery Health benefits - Janamashtmi recipeMethod:

  1. Prepare jaggery syrup and transfer it another bowl slowly leaving away the dust particles.
  2. Then mix maida, rice flour, cardamom, grinded coconut and slowly add the jaggery syrup and stir well.
  3. The consistency should be like that of the dosa batter.
  4. Then heat oil in a tawa, take small amount of this batter and pour one by one into the oil.
  5. While pouring, the batter would go to the bottom and as it starts cooking it will come to the top and then you can trn it to the other side and get it cooked.

Coconut N Jaggery Balls:

Ingredients:

  • 1cup Jaggery
  • 3/4cup Fresh grated coconut
  • 1/2tsp Cardamom powder
  • Few almond flakes

Jaggery Health benefits - Janamashtmi recipe

Method:

Make a syrup with jaggery and 1/4cup of water, strain this syrup and heat in medium high flame, until the syrup get thickens, stir continously, then add the grated coconut and cook until the mixture get thickens, finely add the cardamom powder, put off the stove…keep this mixture aside and let it cool..


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