The sweet molassy taste of jaggery is something we’re all familiar with. Used liberally in Indian households, jaggery is considered to be a healthier alternative to sugar. But with increase in demand, adulteration has become a major issue with regards to its quality. So, here are 4 easy ways to find out if your jaggery is pure.
4 Easy tests
If the jaggery piece tastes bitter, it underwent caramelisation during the boiling process, and if there are any crystals in the jaggery, it has undergone a crystallization process to sweeten it artificially.
Taste a small piece of jaggery before you make your purchase. If it tastes saltier than usual, it is a sign of its lack of freshness.
Ideally, unadulterated jaggery possesses a brownish or slightly dark brown hue. So, if you see jaggery which is yellow or pale looking, consider it adulterated with some chemical.
CHALK POWDER TEST
At times, chalk powder is added to jaggery to increase its quantity and to lighten its hue. To test for its presence, dissolve a small piece of jaggery in a glass of water. If it’s impure, the chalk will settle at the bottom of the glass.
So the next time you purchase jaggery, you’ll be sure it’s pure!