Masala Gud | Spicy Jaggery Bites

Masala Gud/Gur or Spicy Jaggery bites is an Iron rich winter special sweet and delicious digestive with all healthy ingredients. It helps to keep your body warm, control cough, cold and common winter bugs. Half a piece of this enough to satisfy your sweet cravings and leaving your palette bursting with flavours.

Masala Gud | Spicy Jaggery Bites

A little about Jaggery

Jaggery or Gud or Gur is often used as a replacement for sugar. Used as an ingredient in many sweet and savory dishes across India. It is a concentrated product of cane juice and often date or palm sap, without the separation of molasses and crystals. Read more about it here . It can vary from golden brown to dark brown in colour. Dark brown tends to have more impurities. But they are less processed than the golden. I have already detailed a bit more about Jaggery in my earlier post on Gul Poli | Tilgul Poli.


Jaggery – The key Ingredient

Jaggery is the key ingredient in this recipe and I am sharing this for two reasons. First, it is time for our A-Z Recipe Challenge and the letter for this month is J. If you are a follower of my blog, every alternate month we are creating a recipe with one of the letters in alphabetical order. The requirement is that the ingredient should begin with the letter and have an English name.

Masala Gud | Spicy Jaggery Bites


Winter Warmers

Secondly, I was keen on posting and making this recipe, because winter is approaching and a lot of common bugs. Some foods help us stay naturally warm and also aid in keeping the bugs away. Masala Gud or Spicy Jaggery Bites is one such healthy and nutritious recipe which has all the healthy ingredients in it. So what are the other ingredients?

Other Ingredients

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  • Onion Seeds also known as Kalonjee, Black Caraway, Black cumin etc belongs to the same family of black cumin. It helps with cold, coughs. acts on diabetes and inflammation of the joints, indigestion, obesity etc.
  • Second Ingredient is Fennel Seeds or Saunf . It is a common practice to eat fennel seeds at the end of every meal in most Indian households. We think we eat it to freshen the mouth, but Indian food always have some or the other benefit tied to it if used the right way. These seeds help in regulating Blood pressure, reduce water retention, indigestion, bloating, helps in purifying blood etc.
  • Sesame Seeds or Til needs no introduction. They are tiny, oil-rich seeds that grow in pods. Sesame seeds helps to keep your bones stronger and is good for your skin and hair. One can just sprinkle this in most of your foods to enjoy the benefits.
  • Coriander Seeds, coriander leaves and coriander powder is again one of the most common ingredients in Indian cooking to flavour many dishes. Apart from its culinary uses it has various health benefits and may help in fighting infections and improve digestive health.
  • One of the most common spices used worldwide is Black Pepper or Kali mirch. It has a sharp and mildly spicy flavour that goes well in many dishes. Due to its innumerous benefits, it is used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
  • Green Cardamom or Elaichi is a spice with an intense and a slight sweet flavour. It is used to flavour most of the sweet dishes in India. It is also a common spice in a lot of masala’s and savoury recipes. I call it as the Indian Vanilla.
  • Desiccated Coconut is simply coconut meat (the white part) that has been grated and dried. Commonly used as a topping for curries, goes in a lot of Asian dishes, as an ingredient in baked dishes and goods etc.
  • Ginger is a very common ingredient in India. My tea is incomplete without ginger. I have used Dry Ginger Powder or sonth in this recipe. Dry ginger powder adds flavour and aroma to foods as well one of the most widely used herbs in Ayurveda.
  • Being a North Indian, Ghee or Clarified Butter is a must ingredient in my pantry. It is more concentrated in fat than butter as its water and milk solids have been removed. Apart from cooking, it’s again used as a medicine in Ayurveda. It helps you keep warm, a good source of energy and fats. Many a times combined with food or used as a topping to help absorb the nutrients from different foods.
  • Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. It is associated with a number of health benefits. I have used Almonds here as that is one of our favourite nuts, but one can use any nut or completely skip it if you need it nut free.
Ingredients used in Masala Gud

Masala Gud Recipe

All the ingredients available in this recipe are generally available in our Indian pantry. A small piece , even 1/2 or 1/4 is good enough to satisfy your sweet cravings. It is best to have this after lunch or dinner.

I have been making this recipe for last 3-4 years. I first got introduced to his wonderful and delicious recipe from one of my dear friends Ruchika Anand. With a little modification to the recipe, I have come up with the version below. Thank You Ruchika di for such a wonderful recipe.

Masala Gud | Spicy Jaggery Bites


Ingredients

  • 500 grams Crushed or grated Jaggery/Gud/Gur
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Seeds/Kalonji
  • 2 tablespoon Fennel Seeds/Saunf
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds/Til
  • 2 tablespoon Desiccated Coconut
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds/Akha Dhaniya
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper/Kali Mirch
  • 15 pieces Almond/Badam
  • 5-6 Green Cardamom/Hari Elaichi
  • 1.5 tablespoon Dry Ginger Powder
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee


Preparation

  • Grease a plate or a square dish and keep it aside.
  • Dry roast all the ingredients except Dry ginger powder on slow heat.
  • In a mortar and pestle, or using a rolling pin, lightly crush the black pepper, green cardamom and coriander seeds.
  • Chop the almonds seeds into small pieces.
  • In a heavy bottom pan , on slow to medium heat, add the ghee.
  • Once melted, add the crushed/grated Jaggery.
  • Let the jaggery melt on slow stirring in between so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add ginger powder , once the jaggery is melted. Mix well
  • Now add the remaining ingredients and mix everything.
  • Quickly pour the mixture onto the greased plate.
  • Gently tap to spread and form an even layer, using the back of the spoon or spatula.
  • Let it cool a bit. Give desired shape to it. This needs to be done, while it is still a bit warm or else it would be difficult to cut it.
  • Cool it completely and store in an airtight container.

Notes

  • 1 Cup = 240 ml, 1 tablespoon = 15 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml
  • After adding all the ingredients one needs to be quick as Jaggery will solidify quickly.
  • This stays good for at least a month.
Roasting of the different Ingredients
Roasting of the different Ingredients
Melting of Gud
Melting of Gud
Adding all the spices, Layering and forming squares/bites
Adding all the spices, Layering and forming squares/bites


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Masala Gud | Spicy Jaggery Bites
Masala Gud | Spicy Jaggery Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 
Masala Gud/Gur or Spicy Jaggery bites is an Iron rich winter special sweet and a delicious digestive with all healthy and delicious ingredients.
Course: Digestive
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Black pepper, Cardamom, Desiccated Coconut, Fennel Seeds, Ghee, Ginger, Gud, Jaggery, Nuts, Onion seeds, Sesame Seeds, Spices
Servings: 500 grams
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre
Ingredients
  • 500 grams Crushed or grated Jaggery/Gud/Gur
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Seeds/Kalonji
  • 2 tablespoon Fennel Seeds/Saunf
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds/Til
  • 2 tablespoon Desiccated Coconut
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds/Akha Dhaniya
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper/Kali Mirch
  • 15 pieces Almond/Badam
  • 5-6 Green Cardamom/Hari Elaichi
  • 1.5 tablespoon Dry Ginger Powder
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee
Instructions
  1. Grease a plate or a square dish and keep it aside.
  2. Dry roast all the ingredients except Dry ginger powder on slow heat.
  3. In a mortar and pestle, or using a rolling pin, lightly crush the black pepper, green cardamom and coriander seeds.
  4. Chop the almonds seeds into small pieces.
  5. In a heavy bottom pan , on slow to medium heat, add the ghee.
  6. Once melted, add the crushed/grated Jaggery.
  7. Let the jaggery melt on slow stirring in between so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  8. Add ginger powder , once the jaggery is melted. Mix well
  9. Now add the remaining ingredients and mix everything.
  10. Quickly pour the mixture onto the greased plate.
  11. Gently tap to spread and form an even layer, using the back of the spoon or spatula.
  12. Let it cool a bit. Give desired shape to it. This needs to be done, while it is still a bit warm or else it would be difficult to cut it.
  13. Cool it completely and store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes
  • 1 Cup = 240 ml, 1 tablespoon = 15 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml
  • After adding all the ingredients one needs to be quick as Jaggery will solidify quickly.
  • This stays good for at least a month


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