The sweetness in Indian food

Sweet Jaggery

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.

  1. A large block which has the texture of a good quality fudge. You simply cut/ shave off what you need from the block.
  2. 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 !