7 Top Benefits Of Palm Jaggery | Karupatti (Panai Vellam)

palm jaggery health benefits

Palm jaggery has amazing health benefits and medicinal uses. I love palm jaggery and always stock it at home. I have a great fondness for coconut and palm trees as we depend on them for our livelihood. We always have palm trees on our farm and I have grown up eating their fruits in summer.

Thinking back to the wonderful days when my sister and I used to sit in the backyard eating palm fruits clumsily always brings a smile to my face. In my humble opinion, we should cherish our traditional practices, and eating palm jaggery is one of them.

Palm Jaggery Common Names:

We call palm jaggery Panai Karupatti | Panai Vellam in Tamil, Tale Bella in Kannada, Karipetti in Malayalam, and Thati Bellam in Telugu.

Palm Jaggery Nutritional Value:

Palm jaggery is rich in vitamins and minerals and it is especially rich in vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and calcium.

How is Palm Jaggery Made?

If you get to know how palm jaggery is made, you will be amazed at how simple and close to nature it is. To make palm jaggery, first, an earthen pot is coated with slaked lime and then the sap is collected from the palm tree by cutting the tender most part and hanging the earthen pot to collect the sap fully.

Slaked lime is coated to prevent the sap from fermenting. The collected juice can also be drunk and is very very nutritious. Here in our place, we make a small boat shape with palm leaves and use that to drink the sap fresh from the tree.

The collected sap is then filtered and then boiled in huge vats till it thickens and then it is poured into molds to set. Once set, it is removed from the molds and packaged for sale.

 Karupatti benefitsHealth Benefits Of Palm Jaggery:

1. For Anemia:

Most of us Indian women suffer from anemia and consuming white sugar only aggravates the condition. Palm jaggery is rich in iron and consuming it regularly will greatly ensure that we don’t suffer from anemia. Since it is rich in iron, it will greatly prevent hair loss caused due to anemia too.

2. For Good Digestion:

Here in our place, we make a wonderful tea (recipe below) out of palm jaggery and I love it. Whenever we make evening tiffin like bajji, we also serve palm jaggery tea made with palm jaggery, dried ginger, and peppercorns to promote digestion.

3. Palm Jaggery For Energy:

Palm jaggery is a wonderful energy booster for both adults and children alike. It is rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin B, iron, calcium, etc, and keeps us energized.

Encourage children to consume natural sugars like palm jaggery instead of white sugar which is devoid of any nutrients from a young age itself. It can also be given to infants and babies.

4. For Immunity:

Palm jaggery is full of antioxidants and regular intake helps improve our immunity. Since it is rich in antioxidants consuming palm jaggery prevents free radicals which is the main reason for skin ageing. It is also a wonderful blood purifier.

5. Palm Jaggery Benefits For Breastfeeding & Pregnant Women:

Here in our place, it is a custom to take sweets and fruits for pregnant women. We usually make sweets at home with either jaggery or palm jaggery. Pregnant and lactating women should try to avoid white sugar completely.
Instead, replace it with nutrient-rich natural sugars like palm jaggery. Even women who are suffering from PCOS will benefit by replacing white sugar with palm jaggery.

6. Has a Low Glycemic Index:

Any ingredient that has a low glycemic index does not spike up our blood sugar levels and is considered the best. Palm jaggery has a low glycemic index compared to white sugar which has a high glycemic index of 61 and does not spike our blood sugar levels immediately.

7. For Common Ailments:

Jaggery is generally used in remedies for treating cough and cold. The palm jaggery tea recipe I have given below is a very good remedy for cold and cough. It also treats hiccups and aids digestion. Since palm jaggery is rich in magnesium, it also has a soothing effect on our nervous system.

Thati Bella BenefitsPalm jaggery Side Effects:

Though palm jaggery is rich in nutrients and is a wonderful substitute for white sugar, we should remember that it is still a concentrated form of sugar. Diabetic patients should be cautious while consuming palm jaggery.

Where Do You Get Palm Jaggery?

Palm jaggery can be bought from most departmental stores now and you can also order it online. The price varies between 150 to 300 per kg. Palm jaggery is expensive.

But I feel it is so worth the effort considering the harm that white sugar does to our bodies. Also, palm jaggery is usually made by local village people and by buying palm jaggery we are supporting them.

The Difference Between Palm Jaggery & Palm Candy?

Both are derived from the sap of palm trees and the difference is palm jaggery is poured into molds whereas palm candy is poured into large plates, constantly stirred, and dried to form small lumps. The temperature in the final stage for both may vary. Palm Jaggery also is considered more nutritious than cane jaggery.

How To Make Karupatti Tea:

1. Take a small piece of dry ginger, 5 peppercorns, 3 long pepper, and 1 cardamom.

palm jaggery medicinal uses

2. Crush them coarsely in a mortar and pestle.

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3. Crush palm jaggery and boil with a cup of water. Once dissolved strain to remove any impurities and bring to a boil again. Now add the crushed ingredients and boil for a few seconds more and switch off.

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5. Strain and your wonderful natural karupatti tea that is free of caffeine is ready.

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  • This karupetti tea is usually served during cold months in the evening.
  • This karupetti tea is a good remedy for indigestion.
  • The amount of palm jaggery to be added is an individual preference, add it according to the sweetness you prefer.
  • Since it does not have any caffeine, it can be given to young children too.
  • Palm jaggery has a unique sweet taste and it takes some getting used to but I love it as I am used to it from a young age.

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  1. Afifa Kauser
    March 28, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Does it helps in removing pitta ?

    • Harish
      June 1, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      S it's helps a lot…

    • Unknown
      October 26, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      In kapha for pitta cocking oil pure and gheeAnd eating and drinking habits.for pitta

  2. boilingwok
    April 6, 2017 / 2:30 am

    I purchase palm jaggery after reading your article and am using it in my daily tea instead of sugar 🙂

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  4. Anonymous
    April 21, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    1. how to obtain and safely store the soft one and how long it will last for without fungus?2. please write about the difference in how panamkalandu and karupatti are used. My understanding is panamkalandu is only for milk that is boiled whereas karupatti is meant for water and sweet making. There is a difference in how the two should be used…

  5. Anonymous
    February 6, 2020 / 4:33 am

    the two karupatti brands i have tried irritates the throat.
    the two panang kalkandu brand i have tried has no taste at all. please explain why?

  6. ranganathen
    December 8, 2023 / 2:20 pm

    panavellam sugar control anaoo

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