Kaakvi or Liquid Jaggery, is the syrup obtained from slow boiling sugarcane juice right before it thickens into jaggery. The least processed natural by-product of raw sugarcane, it’s the most nutritious of sweeteners, abundant in iron and other minerals. With a delicious sweetness, thick consistency and dark arresting colour, it is an ideal substitute for honey or caramelised sugar. Blend it in milkshake, use it to make a sweet or drizzle over pancakes.
Kaakvi, like jaggery, is abundantly produced in the sugarcane belt of Maharashtra’s Kolhapur and Ahmednagar areas. But, unlike jaggery, it’s not a part of India’s culinary consciousness. This wisdom of traditional life remains hidden in plain sight, continuing to hold place in rural communities where it is regarded not just as a sweetener, but revered as a medicinal and nutritional blend.
About The Seller
Driven by his keen interest in indigenous agricultural techniques, Bapusaheb Gade Patil started Sai Amrut in Shrirampur, the sugarcane belt of Maharashtra, with the objective of promoting organic farming. From conducting seminars to sharing articles in regional newspapers, he devoted himself to educating and motivating local farmers. Bapusaheb, being the visionary he was, then set a new precedent by launching a small jaggery mill with two farmers in 2010 to manufacture products directly for end-consumers rather than supply to sugarcane mills who used preservatives. Such was his commitment that even though he was ill, Bapusaheb went ahead with conducting a seminar in Mumbai and unfortunately met with a fatal accident on his way back. After his demise, his sons Ajay and Pranay continue to advance their father’s vision of sustainable natural farming with the support of 47 farmers. Today, their use of in-house unadulterated ingredients including desi cow ghee is what makes their sugarcane products last six months without any additives with a taste that puts any sweetener you have ever tried to shame!