PREPARATION: First, good quality sugarcanes are handpicked and their juice is extracted by crushing them. Further, the extracted juice naturally rich in sucrose is heated to a certain temperature and then poured on threads hanging in drums where they are allowed to dry and cool down for some time. In any case, as the concentrated sugar solution cools down around the thread hanging in drums, they form sugar crystals known as Dhaga Mishri or Dhage wali Mishri
MISHRI Vs SUGAR: A major difference can be noticed in the taste of Mishri compared to refined or unusual sugar. Mishri, being unrefined, has a more natural & balanced taste as compared to sugar. Another difference is that unlike sugar, pure Mishri is not chemically processed and this can be seen from its light yellow or grey color. It has an almost neutral pH value. However, sugar can turn into unhealthy for us as a result of the further processing and bleaching of raw sugar with sulphuric acid.
BENEFITS OF MISHRI: The traditional method of making Mishri gives it its medicinal value. According to Ayurveda these tiny sugar crystals come with a host of health benefits
COUGH & COLD: A cough, cold and sore throat are common problems, especially in winter. Rock sugar might help in easing these conditions. Take half teaspoon of Mishri and Black Pepper, crush it into a powder and consume it at night to heal a sore throat. A powder of Mishri and Black Pepper with lukewarm water might also help in alleviating cough and also sweep out excess mucus
NATURAL COOLANT: Being a natural coolant, it may be used to bring the body temperature down all the way through fever. It also decreases burning sensation which might help in balancing the acid levels of the stomach
ENERGY BOOSTER: Mishri may act as an instant source of energy that can refresh your dull mood and boosts your energy. It may have a calming effect on the mind and body by alleviating stress
FOOD APPLICATIONS: Mishri can turn into your preferred choice of sugar as it is healthy and unrefined when compared to normal table sugar. It has a unique taste that goes well with all of the traditional sweets, even chocolates and other confectionery
MOUTH FRESHNER: Rock Sugar is without doubt one of the common ingredients we munch on after a scrumptious meal at the side of fennel to promote digestion. It also serves as an amazing mouth freshener
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