Jaggery is a type of raw sugar from India that’s made from the first boiling of the sap from sugar cane or palm trees, such as the date palm or the coconut palm. Depending on the sap used, its color varies from pale gold to dark brown.
Since it’s raw and not refined, like white sugar, it retains its molasses flavor (the darker it is, the more pronounced it will be) as well as a variety of nutrients, including iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus.
It’s sold in cones or chunks, which are quite hard, so the best way to obtain the amount you want is to grate it.
The color of jaggery varies from pale gold to dark brown. If you want a strongly flavored sugar, choose a darker jaggery. For a milder taste, choose a lighter version.
Grate the jaggery to obtain the amount you want.