Making of Date Palm Jaggery (Nolen Gur/ Patali Gur)

During ancient times, honey was the only sweetening agent. Later came sugarcane. This was mostly consumed whenever anyone wanted to make sweets at their home But, people in the Eastern part of India consume another variety called “Date Palm Jaggery” or “Khejur Gur”.

Nolen Gur is a unique product that is furthermore unique to Bengal. Nolen means “New” and Gur means “Jaggery”.

This Gur is available only during the winter season and has a very distinct and sweet flavor. Like sweetening agents are classified as sugar and jaggery which are processed from sugarcane, Khejur Gur is classified as Nolen Gur and Jiren.

Since this is a once-in-a-year-made product, it usually is prepared very traditionally. Cuts are made on date palm trees and earthen pots are tied to trees during late evening time and sap is collected in these earthen pots. The sap is filtered and poured into large containers and then heated up on a wood fire. The heat continues till the liquid is solidified. There are no chemicals or preservatives added to this flavourful product.  

Liquid form is called Nolen Gur. Solid form is called Patali Gur

Sap Collected From Date Palm Trees
The sap is heated on a wood fire to solidify

Once the processing is started, the liquid formed which of the finest quality is called Nolen Gur and when it is further heated to solidify it is called Patali Gur. Apart from its heavenly taste, the slippery, finger-licking consistency elevates the experience of consuming it. 

Many sweet makers in Bengal try to preserve it the whole year by storing it in low temperatures but traditional sweet makers oppose this as this unique product loses its value if made available the whole year.

Enjoy this traditionally made and available product to pacify your sweet tooth guilt-free.

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