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Palm Jaggery Syrup / Karuppati Paagu with Palm Jaggery / Karuppati From EKGAON

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Palmyra Palm Jaggery, is a traditional sweetener obtained from the sap of palmyra palm trees. In Tamil Nadu, we call it as Karuppati or Panankarupatti, and when compared with white sugar this has too many health benefits. This has been used more than thousands of years as the only source of sugar but later after the incoming of white refined sugar, we all forgot this palm jaggery and its health benefits.

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About Palm Jaggery – Palm Jaggery is dark brown in color, which has a silky flavor, rich aroma and tastes delicious when compared with sugar. Palm jaggery is obtained from Palm Tree or Palmyra Tree. It is prepared form the sap or juice of palm tree.

My childhood love with Palm Jaggery – To be honest my family uses palm jaggery during the period of my great grandmother, but later after her it was sugar that entered our kitchen. My grandmother and mom use to prepare coffee with palm jaggery, when I was kid and I love it to the core. Even now I could feel the aroma, taste as I would grab a cup of coffee, sit in our garden, early morning feeling the fragrance of beautiful flowers and chirping of birds – missing my old golden days.

Later after sugar, I hate coffee and never consume coffee, instead I consume coffee from my neighbor’s house as they use palm jaggery.

Usage – Not only in coffee, we use it in most of the dishes like appam as Karuppati appam, idiyappam / Sting hoppers as Karuppati Idiyappam, Kolukattai / Rice flour Dumplings as karuppati kolukattai, laddu’s, peanut laddu that I love to the core, pori urundai, for kashayam (as a sweetener to medicinal syrups), kheer, many savories, snacks. Also, it can be powdered finely or coarsely and can be used as a side dish for idly, dosa, also it can be eaten as such. Last but not least it can be used as a substitute for molasses in baking.

The reason behind its disappearance from our kitchen was totally shocked when I heard from my mom, as sugar can be used as instant, whereas palm jaggery has impurities which needs to be cleaned.

Health benefits of Palm Jaggery / Karuppati – Jaggery is a cleaning agent, which cleans the unwanted particles form the body and relieves through constipation, helps in digestion after a heavy meal, helps in relieving from Migraine (my personal experience, I take Dry Ginger Coffee / Sukku Malli Kappi (black coffee with ginger, coriander and palm jaggery during migraine), rich source of iron, mixture of jaggery and dry ginger powder with warm water can stop hiccups, helps in reduction of bloating and so on.

 

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Palm Jaggery Sryup / Karuppati Paagu

When there are more such health benefits, why don’t we move back to our Palm Jaggery? – I frequently use palm jaggery in most of dishes in dialy life, but I found it little expensive and difficult to get good quality one in the market. So, whenever I go to my hometown, I get 2 kgs of palm jaggery and prepare palm jaggery syrup with half the quantity and refrigerate in a glass bottle, that stays fresh for few months. In the form of syrup, palm jaggery can be used directly to the food no worry about impurities, I prefer this method.

Where to buy palm Jaggery? But now I got it through online shopping – EKGAON where they connect farmers all over India in a platform. I look for organic products wherever possible, so placed my order for Palm Jaggery and few more products in this site.

Review of EKGAON – I received the product before the delivery time, moreover when I opened the pack, I could get the wonderful aroma, and usually my grandmother use to say that organic palm jaggery needs more force to break into pieces – I found the perfect texture what she told, also the palm jaggery syrup was thick with perfect aroma, flavor and color. The price was very reasonable considering the quality. Also, I feel very comfortable ordering over Ekgaon, based on their delivery time, less time consumption in ordering, no hunting all over the city in search of organic products, also happy that I support farmers.

Let me share the recipe of PALM JAGGERY SYRUP / KARUPPATI PAAGU

Ingredients:

  • Crushed Palm Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Water – ½ cup
Making of Palm Jaggery Syrup / Karuppati Paagu –

Preparation:

  • Boil the water, add the crushed palm jaggery once the water starts boiling.
  • Stir until palm jaggery dissolves.
  • Cook in medium flame for 15 mins or until the palm jaggery starts thickening.
  • Remove from fire, once it starts thickening, else it would crystallize.
  • Bring it to room temperature, strain the syrup through a thick strainer, to separate the impurities from the syrup.
  • Transfer it to an air-tight container and refrigerate.
  • Stays for few months.

Note: You can also flavor like dry ginger (sukku) / Dry ginger powder and cardamom or cardamom powder after the palm jaggery gets dissolved.

Here are some recipes with Palm Jaggery syrup, stay tuned more will be coming – Dry ginger Coffee / Sukku Malli Kaapi, Palm Jaggery Candy / Karuppati Mittai, Lemonade with Palm Jaggery, Palm jaggery rice buns / Karupatti Kulipaniyaram, Sesame laddu / Ellu Urundai, Peanut Laddu / Nilakadalai Laddu, Mini Jack Fruit Idly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig Kuzhipaniyaram

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As a foodie, now I am in love with summer, because of the nature’s gift. I had varieties of summer fruits for this summer which was very delicious and also on the other side being a very good coolant for us. Now this post is related with FIG/ATHIPAZHAM.

Last year I got to have fig, but it was not ripen and I too never got to know that it was not ripen, just like that had it, never liked the taste. But this time when I went to purchase fruits, I saw the fig fruits dark red in colour, the vendor told me the one’s in red color are the ripen. He requested me to taste a fig, I was little scared when I remembered the last year experience, but when I had it was heavenly. Also got a ½ kg of ripen fig fruits, kids never had it and so thought of creating a dish. My kids like kuzhipaniyaram to the core so called paddu/unniappam. This resulted in FIG KUZHIPANIYARAM.

It was very delicious, with sweet taste as I induced little palm jaggery syrup and little crunchy because of its texture – that “Naruk Naruk” texture. Give a try as soon as possible, as it’s seasonal fruit and available only in summers.

Health benefits of Fig: Fig helps build stronger bones because of the magnesium, calcium and vitamin K2 in them. They help in maintaining heart healthy and keeps the blood pressure in line. It also helps stabilize and lower blood sugar levels and is good for soothing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Let us move on to the recipe…

Do check out my other summer recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/2016/04/07/summer-recipes-chill-chill-cool-cool/ and breakfast recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/recipes/breakfast-dinner/

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Yields: 28 paniyarams

1 cup: 160 ml (rice cooker cup)

Ingredients:

  • Fig fruits – 5 nos
  • Wheat flour – 1 ½ cups
  • Rice flour – 3 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
  • Palm jaggery syrup (Karuppati paagu) – ¾ cup
  • Baking soda – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Clean, drain the water and transfer the fig fruits to blender and blend them well to a fine paste.
  • Take wheat flour, rice flour, cardamom powder, baking soda, salt and mix all together.
  • Pour in the fig fruit pulp and mix it well (no lumps should be formed).
  • Pour in the palm jaggery syrup little by little at regular intervals, mix them well to a fine paste (no lumps should be formed).
  • Pour in ½ cup of water and mix them well (the batter should be in dosa consistency).
  • Heat oil in the kuzhipaniyaram pan, spoon in the batter till ¾ of each and every mould, cover and cook for 3 mins in medium flame (else it would be burnt).
  • Remove the lid, turn the side and cook for a min.
  • Transfer the paniyaram’s to a plate.

Serve hot.

Note: You can adjust the quantity of palm jaggery as per your sweet tooth.

Lemonade with Palm Jaggery

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Me and family like the mint flavor, when it comes to juice. Now we use to have some mint based drink for the summer, as everyone knew that mint is a natural coolant. I like this palm jaggery, I prepare coffee, appam, even bake with this palm jaggery and know wanted to try it with lemonade. Handling all my favorites together, and result was awesome, a perfect coolant for this Boiling SUMMER. Let us move on to the recipe…

Do check out my other juices, lemonade, mojito and milkshakes in this link: https://madraasi.com/recipes/beverages/

Ingredients:

  • Lemon – 2 nos
  • Water – 1 litre
  • Palm jaggery or Palm jaggery srup – as per taste
  • Mint leaves – a handful

Preparation:

  • Cut the lemon into two pieces. Squeeze out the lemon juice, keep it aside.
  • Chop and slightly crush the mint leaves and keep it aside.
  • Mix the lemon juice along with water, add in the crushed mint leaves.
  • Crush the palm jaggery and add in the crushed palm jaggery or the palm jaggery syrup, stir well until it gets mixed well.
  • Refrigerate for 30 mins.

Serve chilled with ice cubes and add in 2 thin slices of lemon and a small mint sprig.