Now lets come to the next important (and my most favourite) ingredient in this drink. Jaggery!! Yes! This complex sugar is by far the healthiest ‘sweet dish’ I have ever eaten – yes, I call it a ‘sweet dish’ because it has satiated my craving for something sweet when there was nothing worthwhile at home. It is my most favourite, guilt free go-to sweet. Maybe that’s one reason why you will find a lot of recipes on my blog that make use of jaggery. Traditional Indian sweets are mostly made with jaggery as the sweetener and
Besides just helping to sweeten your sweet dishes in a healthy manner, jaggery also has minerals that provide a host of health benefits. It is a rich source of iron and is beneficial to get rid of aches and pains and acts as a cleansing agent to clean the respiratory tracts, lungs, food pipe, stomach & intestines. It is an antioxidant and helps balance the acid in the body.
Now that you are convinced that this drink is nothing but pure health in a cup, won’t you just go make some? And hey! If you like, you can make popsicles out of it. It will taste great I promise! Pretty much like the jaggery popsicles (bella candy) that we used to get in Mangalore a couple of decades ago. Not sure if they are still found now
About this drink
Sesame & Jaggery Juice
Prep time: 15mins | Cook time: Nil | Serves 4-5
- 100 grams white sesame (til)
- 225 grams powdered jaggery (increase it upto 250 grams)
- 2 cardamom pods powdered
- 5 cups water
- pinch of salt
1. Wash and rinse the sesame until the water runs clear (about a couple of times will suffice). Place it on a sieve or a clean kitchen cloth to drain off excess water or pat it dry.
2. When it is still a bit damp, transfer it onto a tawa and dry roast it on a slow flame. Ensure that the flame is low or else the seeds will begin to pop/splutter which should be avoided. Dry roast for about a couple of minutes and then transfer into a grinder and powder it coarsely. Add half the powdered jaggery, 1 cup of water and grind it to a smooth paste (as fine as possible)
3. Transfer the paste into a large pan, add the remaining jaggery and water and stir until the jaggery dissolves completely. Add powdered cardamom and mix.
4. Serve chilled – you may strain the mixture or leave it as it is.