Making of Gur (Highway connecting Gwalior to Jhansi)


Hv u ever wondered how Gur (jaggery) is made from sugarcane.

YUMM lump of gur that we got to taste
YUMM lump of gur that we got to taste

I am sure there r various methods used in different parts of the country & there is difference between Gur made by different people – Remember the Amitabh Bacchan movie Saudagar. To see the movie pls click here.

A typical gur factory
A typical gur factory

The difference of the gur in the movie & what I am talking about is – the movie shows gur made from palm & the gur I am talking from, is from sugarcane.

another view of the factory
another view of the factory

We were travelling on the highway & came across many gur making factories. We just walked into a factory at random & the guys were very nice to show us strangers what they were doing & also made us taste some of the freshly made gur……mmmmmmmmmm

sugarcane juice flowing into a pit
sugarcane juice flowing into a pit

Step 1

The sugarcane along with its outer cover was being put into a machine to extract the juice.

 

sugarcane along with its skin put into the crusher
sugarcane along with its skin put into the crusher

Step 2

The juice was getting collected in a pit (no.1) and then transferred to pit no. 2 thru a pipe.

juice getting collected in pit
juice getting collected in pit

Step 3

Pit 2,3,4 were being heated by coal fire.

pit 2, 3 & 4
pit 2, 3 & 4

Step 4

The sugarcane juice in pit 1 & 2 was being brought to boiling point

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Step 5

Then it was being transferred thru huge spoons to pit 2.

Step 6

In pit 2, ‘bhindi ka ras’ – a plant extract was being added , to purify the liquid. They were also constantly dipping a huge slotted spoon to strain out the solid impurities & throw those out

pit no 3 & 4
pit no 3 & 4

Step 7

The liquid was now transferred thru huge spoons to pit 4

Step 8

With constant heat & stirring, the liquid started becoming thicker and turning reddish brown in color.

churning the contents of pit 4
churning the contents of pit 4

Step 9

Using a huge spoon the guy started throwing the thick liquid on a huge stone plate. This ensured that the surface area was big but the depth of the liquid was not much.

throwing the thick liquid on a huge stone plate
throwing the thick liquid on a huge stone plate

Step 10

The liquid was solidifying soon. On one end of the stone plate, the molten gur was being put into square moulds & kept aside to cool

moulds, red cloth & gur - giving it shape
moulds, red cloth & gur – giving it shape

Step 11

The gur was being taken out of the mould & stacked , to b dispatched to the market.

taken out of the mould & stacked
taken out of the mould & stacked

We were offered a big lump of gur, to taste. We took a small lump of freshly made gur, straight out of the pit, having seen the full process of it being made. What a feeling………………..Loved it.

In case u r shocked at the lack of cleanliness – I wud suggest u to overlook it. Germs die due to the heat. Else u wud never b able to eat gur.

This factory was just an example. I have seen many that were like this.

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