Jaggery was brought to India by the Portuguese; it is more likely that it originated in the subcontinent. The Indian name for jaggery is gur. It is claimed that practitioners of Ayurveda medicine have been using it for 3,000 years. However, the name jaggery comes from the Portuguese word Jagara.
Jaggery is sugar in block form made from the sugarcane juice and sometimes from the sap of the date palm tree. Jaggery is made from sugarcane juice, which is heated to produce thick crystals. Jaggery is rich in many vital vitamins and minerals, allowing it to provide nourishment to every part of the body. The essential health benefits of jaggery include its ability to cleanse your body, act as a digestive agent, healthily sweeten your food, and provide reasonable amounts of minerals.
Jaggery is a more complex form of carbohydrate than plain sugar, thus providing warmth and energy without harming the health. Jaggery also has mild notes of fermentation mixed in with its molasses flavor. Jaggery can be used as an all-purpose sweetener like any other form of sugar. The traditional uses include til gur ladoo, an Indian dessert that involves combining jaggery with sesame seeds. It is also used as a sweetener for kheer.
Gur helps in skin nourishment blood purification, is surprisingly effective as an aid to weight loss, treats cough and cold, and provides instant energy. Apart from being used in households as a sweetener and a flavoring agent, it is also used extensively in the food and beverage industry. It is used in chocolates, candies, sorbets, traditional Indian health tonics, and syrups. It has other industrial applications too. It comes in the form of normal Jaggery, Jaggery Granules, and Powder.