Indian curries are an intricate balance of flavours - sweet, sour, bitter and salty.
Sweetness comes from Jaggery and the caramelisation of onions. Jaggery is a product of cane sugar. It has a strong caramel flavour and helps balance out any bitterness in dishes.
You can buy jaggery in two forms.
- A large block which has the texture of a good quality fudge. You simply cut/ shave off what you need from the block.
- Granulated in tubs from which you can simply take a spoonful.
If you can't get hold of jaggery, dark brown sugar is the best substitute although Indian households would never do this !