Gurr in Pakistan – Organic Jaggery – Healthy Alternative to Sugar
Gurr from Khalis Things is a healthy alternative to ordinary sugar for sweetening, cooking, and baking, naturally delicious, mineral-rich, organic jaggery. It’s made from the extracted juice of organically grown sugarcane, produced to form a gorgeous, rich, healthy sweetener that has been used in traditional diets in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh for centuries.
Gurr is often called jaggery & you can use it in sweet and savory dishes as well as beverages. As we press it from organic sugarcane, it retains natural vitamins and minerals which you will not find in table sugar, such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. Even the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda recognizes the importance of jaggery for promoting good health.
Tips for cooking with Gurr jaggery:
- Use equal amounts or a little less jaggery in place of sugar in a recipe. Jaggery is rich – both in flavor and nutrition, so a little bit can go a long way.
- If you keep jaggery in the refrigerator, be sure to bring it to room temperature before using it in a recipe.
- Mash with fingers or grate as much as you need using a regular cheese grater. Remember, for best results, use room temperature jaggery.
- Make “jaggery syrup” to use in recipes calling for liquid sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, molasses, corn syrup, etc. For one tablespoon of jaggery, use one teaspoon of water. Blend /whisk well to make syrup. Because jaggery syrup is naturally sweet and rich, you can use less in your recipes. For example, if a recipe calls for ½ cup honey, try 1/3 cup jaggery syrup.
Differences between organic jaggery and refined sugar:
In actuality, if you use chemicals to clarify the cane sugar juice syrup it shall give you the Refined sugar, whereas if you simply boil this syrup without using harsh chemicals and washing the Gurr with vegetable water you will make organic jaggery. Refined sugar is solid and crystalline, whereas organic jaggery is soft and amorphous.
We extract our organic Gurr from cane plants which we grow without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Moreover, we also avoid using harsh chemicals to clarify cane sugar. Khalis Things by Yogi Baqers organic jaggery is free of lead contamination which you will often find in imported jaggery.