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 !

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Anjula Devi

A respected food writer and author, Anjula started cooking with her father at the age of eight. At that time the ingredients for Indian cuisine were not as readily available as they are now and Anjula travelled on the number 207 bus with her father to Shepherd’s Bush Market where they would buy a selection of spices, fresh fish and Indian vegetables. ​​ Utilising her cookery skills and passion for spices, Anjula launched her own business in 2010, Anjula Devi Authentic Indian Food, providing Indian dinner parties and Indian cookery classes. Anjula has created a range of authentic recipes for Manchester United, arguably the biggest football club in the world, where she is a consultant chef. A Brand Ambassador for TRS Foods, the world’s largest Indian food company, Anjula has also launched her own brand, Route 207, inspired by the bus route she used to take to the spice market.
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