(photo by Sala Kannan) 

The focus of iSPICE this week is jaggery. Never heard of it? Well, you should read this then! It is a naturally processed sugar with 50 times the minerals found in natural sugars. 

Check out the article online with the recipe of a carrot ginger pickle. 

Here is a more modern recipe using jaggery by Chef K.N. Vinod of Indique and Indique Heights


Jaggery Martini

Adapted from Chef K. N. Vinod.

1 drink


2 ounces Malibu Coconut Rum

2 ounces half-and-half

1/4 ounce jaggery syrup*

Pinch of ground cardamom

Small jaggery chunk and/or shaved fresh coconut curl


1. Fill a cocktail shaker about halfway with ice. Add the rum, half-and-half , jaggery syrup and cardamom.

2. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

3. Garnish with jaggery on a skewer, a piece of coconut or both and serve.


*To make jaggery syrup, combine 5 or 6 cubes of jaggery ( about 1/4 pound) with 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the jaggery has melted. Continue to simmer until reduced to about 3/4 cup and is syrupy. Remove from the heat and let cool, then store in a closed jar in the refrigerator.


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  1. hi monica-

    i absolutely love jaggery! i live very close to a big indian community in jackson heights, queens NY. and i am able to buy those big bell shaped blocks (is it 5 lbs?) of jaggery that is covered in burlap. it is the best quality, better than any i can find – but one can literally last me a year or more. unfortunately, it is so much that it inevitably goes bad before i use it all up. because it is so moist it ends up getting mold on it. do you have any suggestions for storage?

  2. I want that jaggery martini NOW! yum!

  3. Great twist to a classic cocktail! Hats off to Chef Vinod for such a unique creation!:) cardamom would definitely add a lovely flavor. I would go ahead and sprinkle some sweetened coconut flakes on the top before serving for an extra kick:)

    great recipe!

  4. Sounds great. Rum and coconut just naturally go together. I would love to try the jaggery sugar though I have no idea where to find it in our area. Cane syrup is common, though. Could it work?

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