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Jaggery (Panela, Rapadura), Certified Organic - 1.1. lbs

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Organic Jaggery, also known as Panela or Rapadura, is a traditional, natural sweetener made from cane sugar juice and rich in molasses and trace minerals.

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Organic Sugar Cane Juice


Nutrition Facts Serv. Size 1 tsp (7g) dry, Servings: About 71.
Amount Per Serving: Calories 35, Calories from Fat 0. Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g (0% DV). Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV). Sodium 0mg (0% DV). Total Carb. 6g (2% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 6g, Protein 0g. Vitamin A 6%. Vitamin C 0%. Calcium 0.2%. Iron 0.3%. Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Naturally Rich in Molasses & Minerals

Organic Jaggery: The Healthy Alternative to Sugar

  • Made from Sugar Cane

    We start with freshly-pressed sugar cane juice which is then reduced by boiling into a thick syrup, then poured into molds and hardened into a soft, molasses-rich block of natural sugar.

  • Healthy Sugar?

    Unliked common table sugar, organic jaggery retains the natural vitamins and minerals found in sugar cane juice, such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium.

  • 100% Pure

    Absolutely no chemicals, additives, preservatives, colors or flavors. The only ingredient is organic sugar cane, which is non-gmo and gluten-free.

  • Traditional Food

    The ancient healing practice of Ayurveda recognizes the importance of jaggery for promoting good health.

The "inconvenient, temperamental" unrefined sweetener from India.

Organic Jaggery

Unlike white sugar, this natural sweetener contains rich molasses and trace minerals naturally present in sugar cane juice. This gives it a complex, bright, fruity flavor that is beyond just being sweet! Jaggery has been used in traditional diets in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for centuries. 

Often called “gur” in India, "panela" in Mexico, and "rapadura" in Central and South America, jaggery is used in sweet and savory dishes as well as beverages. Because it is pressed from organic sugarcane, it retains natural vitamins and minerals not found in table sugar, such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. The color of traditionally-made, chemical-free panela varies from golden to dark brown. The texture can range from soft and moist to hard and dry.

This natural sweetener with its complex taste (sweet, bright, and fruity) is a staple in many cuisines worldwide. Panela, popular in Mexico, is often dissolved in hot beverages like coffee or used in desserts such as flan or rice pudding. Similarly, rapadura, a traditional sweetener in Brazil and Latin America, finds its way into recipes for candies, cakes, and sweet snacks. Meanwhile in India, it adds depth to savory dishes like curries and chutneys, as well as sweetness to desserts like laddoos and halwa. Whether enjoyed in a warm cup of tea or incorporated into a savory meal, this all-natural evaporated cane juice offers a wholesome alternative to refined sugar, adding both flavor and nutrients to a variety of dishes.

Tips for Cooking with Organic Panela

  • Use equal amounts of or a little less panela than sugar in a recipe. Remember, panela is rich - both in flavor and nutrition, so a little bit can go a long way.

  • If you keep our organic jaggery in the refrigerator, be sure to bring it to room temperature before using in a recipe.

  • Mash with fingers or grate as much as you need using a regular cheese grater. For best results, use room temperature panela.

  • Make “rapadura syrup” to use in recipes calling for liquid sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, molasses, corn syrup, etc. For every tablespoon of organic rapadura, use one teaspoon of water. Blend or whisk well to make syrup. Because rapadura 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 rapadura syrup.

Common Questions

How is organic jaggery (panela) different from refined sugar?

Refined sugar is processed using chemicals to clarify the cane sugar juice syrup, whereas panela is produced by simply boiling this syrup without the use of harsh chemicals. Also, refined sugar is solid and crystalline, whereas panela is soft and amorphous.

What texture is "correct" for jaggery (rapadura)?

Because rapadura is a natural, unrefined product, the texture, moisture content, and flavor may vary. Wet or soft rapadura does not mean it is bad or expired. Some blocks are more moist naturally, which is more traditional, and may appear more "melted" and have more liquid molasses.

Some blocks are more dry. Dry blocks can be grated with a box grater. Softer rapadura is natural and normal and can be cut with a spoon or butter knife.

How should I store my organic jaggery?

We seal each brick in airtight packaging to prevent any contamination before being opened by you.

After opening, we recommend transferring the product to a non-airtight, breathable container and/or wrapped in cheese cloth, as excessive moisture can cause it to spoil. By exposing it to the air, you allow some of the moisture to evaporate.

Don't refrigerate it, as it is soft due to moisture, and the refrigerator only introduces additional moisture.

You can store our organic jaggery in its original package without sealing it back in any way. The box has a little gap, which allows some air to reach it. It needs air to not spoil. Moisture is what will make it spoil. Air exposure is fine though.

What is the recommended amount to take daily?

Since it is very satisfying due to its unique taste, it may help you reduce the amount of sweetener in your diet, if that’s what you want to do. We are not able to offer any specific advice based on your age and weight. An Ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, or naturopathic doctor may be able to help you more with that.

How do I grate it?

It can be grated using a cheese grater, or it can be cut into small pieces with a butter knife and melted on low heat.

Video Showing How to Grate It

Recipes with Organic Jaggery

  • The best jaggery I ever had. Gives me instant energy and good for my sweet cravings.

  • We absolutely love this jaggery. Extremely soft and melts in the mouth. After trying this one, it’s hard to enjoy any other store bought jaggery. Our friends also love it.

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I travel to India, Asia, South America, and Europe to bring you back some of the most pristine, pure, organic clean ingredients in the world. All the products you'll find here at Pure Indian Foods are ones that me and my family use personally.

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