Quickest way to break very hard jaggery

I am so excited to share another trick with you all!!

Whenever I buy 1 kg pack of jaggery, I always find it very hard to break in small pieces. It may be because I live in Canada where weather is cold most of the time. I am sure many of you relate to this pain. I take help of my son in breaking jaggery. I know he hates that 😀 😀 but I can’t help. So when I finally figured out how to easily break very hard jaggery chuck into small pieces, I was so thrilled and wanted to share with you all. I was done in less than 3 minutes.


Remove jaggery from plastic wrap  or container. Put in a microwave safe plate. Microwave it for around 20-50 seconds depending on the size of the block, yes you read it right! I first microwave for 15 seconds and then 20 seconds. I was cautious as I did not want it to melt. Then I used knife to break in big chunks and then with my hands I made the small pieces. And I was done. It took me less than 3 minutes from start to finish.

You can use this to make katlu, golpapdi/sukhadi, etc.


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Welcome to Bhavna's food journey! Join me in cooking easy, simple, healthy and delicious food. I am a mother of two adult children and understand the fast life of today's adult. Hope you will enjoy and try my recipes. Looking forward to hearing from you!!

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  1. How to take 1 kg out from a 5 kg plastic box ? Not sure if I can put the 5 kg plastic box in the microwave & heat it..how do you do it ? Thanks in advance.

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      1. Thanks a lot. I tried it and it fit .. Microwaved for 3 minutes , jaggery became soft and easy to scoop out unlike last time when I hammered it with a flat screwdriver … Thanks a lot !

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  2. I am so happy to read this tip. I have a 1kilo jaggery block which has turned hard after 6 months. Yes.. I live in another cold country like you, UK. I tried the hammer with no luck. I will try this one too and get back to you.
    Bhavana ji, you are the best! You have the perfect solutions to my kitchen queries. I love you so much😍❤💜

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    1. You are welcome!
      Haha, too big. Not sure if that will fit in microwave. May be try heating pressure cooker, turn off the heat. When it is still warm, put the jaggery block inside and close it for few minutes, hopefully it will work. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by!


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