Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Unrefined sugar made from palm sap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A traditional unrefined sugar used throughout South and South-East Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Raw palm sugar, made in the East Indies by evaporating the fresh juice of several kinds of palm trees, but specifically those of the palmyra (Borassus flabelliformis) and jaggery palm (Caryota urens).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coarse brown sugar obtained in India by evaporation of the fresh juice of various kinds of palm, as the jaggery-palm, the wild date-tree, the palmyra, and the cocoa. It is usually made in the form of small round cakes. Also called goor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unrefined brown sugar made from palm sap

Etymologies

Portuguese dialectal jágara, probably from Malayalam śarkkara, from Sanskrit śarkarā, sugar, grit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Indo-Portuguese jágara, jagra, from Kannada  (sharkare), Urdu شکر (shakkar). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It does not matter if the jaggery is a large chunk, it will dissolve on boiling.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • Stir in the coconut milk, jaggery and salt and heat gently until barely simmering (so that the jaggery is dissolved).

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Add in jaggery, salt, turmeric and red chili powder.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Unlike the fake supermarket brown sugar, jaggery is described by McGee as a whole sugar, crystalline sugar still enveloped in the cooked cane syrup that it emerged from.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • After the jaggery is dissolved add the marbles you made in stage 1 to the boiling liquid.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • The process of making jaggery is fascinating and people host parties to watch and enjoy the process.

    Archive 2005-04-01

  • Sreelu, the jaggery is a typical Maharashtrian addition.

    Shevgyachya Shenganchi Amti (Drumstick Daal)

  • It's tricky to generalize, but Gujarati food often carries a spice-balancing sweetness, from the unrefined sugar called jaggery, and is frequently meat-free.

    Village Voice - The most recent 10 stories

  • The sale of jaggery, which is the main raw material for locally brewed liquor, in Sitapur has increased manifold after the declaration of election dates on March 2.

    IBN Top Headlines

  • Sometimes called jaggery or gur, the sweetener is the byproduct of the sap collected from the stalks and trunks of the palms that spread for miles along the tropical coasts of Asia and Africa.

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