Delights of Road-tripping is that You can stop anywhere and Wander! It was the February Roadtrip wherein I had made it to Middle of Nowhere in the Heart of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary Wherein I found this Cute Jaggery Making Factory (Chichodo as said in Gujarati) was located!
Generally the Jaggery Making Units are generally functional between the November -February as the Sun is not that Harsh!
Ever Wondered why is it So Sweet…. I may say bcoz of the People who Work Much Harder than We can Imagine to Make it for Us!
We all have a Dabba full of Jaggery isn’t : Granular, Semi-Liquid in Texture, Rocky-Rusty in Color : Pretty Thich in Consistency Quite – The Big Brother of Sugary Sis ; Jaggery it is!
Okay,in this post let me take take you on the Tour of the Process of Making of the Jaggery as it is quite Exciting to actually see it being made in front of One’s eyes!
I was informed that there is Family of around 10 people who have Come down all the Way from M.P to Gujarat for this Project. It was around 11 a.m and the Sun was Crisp, Sharp and over my Head! As I enter I find So many ladies working there : My Heart beats in Pride!
This is a Bit Bigger Unit – that’s the Only Difference!
Okay from here, the process starts – the Juice Cane Juice is tranported to this BIG Underground Ovens – You have 3 Pans holding around 25- 30 litres of Sugar-cane juice in each of them.
These Cooking Pans, are constructed Underground! these are heated heated and heated in three different Pans…
The First Pan has a slightly lesser temperature where the Juice is stirred evenly and transferred to the Next Pan 2 which has the Higher temperature than Pan 1!
In the Pan 2- the Impurities are taken away, White Color is also added to the Jaggery to Beautify the Bio-product! Over a period of Seconds, the juice starts Heating up- boiling and the Juice begins to Harden!
Juice is then transferred to Pan 2 to Pan 3 how – By Human Forces!
In the Last Pan, the continuous stirring happens and the Juice is almost in the Semi-Solid Condition
As Sun starts fiercely heating up so does the Oven and the People working on it! At this Stage, the Jaggery is almost done. This Semi-liquid Jaggery is drown to the Pass-away from behind. This Hide-out place is used for Cooling it down!
It is beaten up and agained transferred to a Last Compartment where the Jaggery “Lived Happily Ever After Types !”
From here : the Jaggery is packed in Boxes and transportated to the Different Parts of the Country.
This is the End is it! Not exactly. Remember the Sugar-Cane is being Juiced and the Residue laying in the Dust-Bin here the Story is Completely different and Inspiring!
The Thrash Residue is collected by Ladies : and Dumped into a Backyard. It stays around here for A Day for Sun-drying after which it is used as the One of Fuel for the Underground Oven! Thoughtful isn’t it*
The Process is So Simple yet Beautiful. The Efforts and the Perservance of the People working towards add that Special Sweetness to Jaggery I guess that May be One of the Reason – that Jaggery is more tastier than Sugar.( I gguess)
While being hopping in and around the Unit, I found this Bundle of Joy *_*
This Small Bubli Boo : Raja was 7 months old (as on Feb 😅) and his Eyes – He was the Complete Delight and Star-Attraction of this Trip! He actually gave me a One reason to love what I do : Blog 🙂
The Jaggery is also sold here : I got one only and only looking at the Sincere Efforts of the People working Day in and Out at this Project leaving their Hometown and living in the Middle of the Jungle.
P.S All the Pics are edited on @Googlesnapseed App