Jaggery Banana Bread

November 12, 2019mayurisjikoni
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Why I made Jaggery Banana Bread?

Well, I’m a member of the group A-Z Recipe Challenge, a group started by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. What is required of in this group? Nothing too difficult but to cook a dish using an ingredient whose English name begins with the designated letter. This month we’re suppose to choose an ingredient that begins with J. Jalapeño, Jackfruit, Jelly, Jam and Jaggery are some of the few ingredients that I thought of.  I have jalapeño poppers on my list to try out for so long. The urge is now even more urgent as I tasted them during my visit to USA and loved them. 

I ordered jalapeño from an organic farm but they did not arrive. Something to do with the rains and what not. So the next best option was to make a dessert using jelly or  jaggery.  I was going through my bookmarked recipes and came across a little note I had added there that I should try baking a cake, muffins or cookies with jaggery and wheat flour  the way my blogger friend Poonam does. Most of  her bakes have no refined flour (plain flour, maida) and no refined sugar. Please check out her blog for exciting and more healthier versions of bakes. 

Had some overripe bananas and my MIL loves home baked cakes with ice-cream. So that’s how the idea of a Jaggery Banana Bread came about. 

What is Jaggery?

Known also as gud, gur, gor, gol, bella,vellam, the word jaggery comes from the Hindi word jagri. Jaggery is usually made from sugar cane juice or the sap of a variety of palm tree. The juice or sap is boiled in a utensil till it becomes thick and then poured in a vessel to allow it to cool. On cooling it becomes a soft solid and its shaped into a desired shape. The colour of jaggery ranges from light golden yellow to dark brown. 

Jaggery is used to make a variety of savory and sweet dishes all over the Indian Sun Continent. Its a vital ingredient for the Gujarati Cuisine as most of the dishes are sweet and sour. Jaggery is used to sweeten dals like the famous tuvar dal, kadhi, curries like Chana nu Shaak, and sabjis/shaak like karela nu shaak. Have you used jaggery to make pickles or chutney? Lemon pickle is so much better made with jaggery than sugar.


Jaggery used for Sweet dishes

Jaggery is considered as a better sweetener than refined sugar.  It contains more nutrients than refined sugar. Jaggery is rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and sodium. Its usually enjoyed during the winter months in tea, coffee or sweet dishes as it produces heat in the body. However, by no means it is low in calories. 

I prefer making gur na ladwa (churma laddoo) with jaggery rather than refined sugar. Tal Sankari made during the festival of Uttaran is usually made from jaggery. Adding jaggery to Paal Kozhukattai ,makes it so much more flavorful than using sugar. Wholewheat Jaggery and Ginger Cookies is when I first used jaggery for baking but still used part sugar as I was not sure how the end product would turn out. I loved the caramel taste of the cookies and next time would use only jaggery.

Jaggery Banana Bread

There is a difference between a cake and a quick bread. Normally, cakes are where butter and sugar are creamed and then flour is added. Quick Breads are where wet and dry ingredients are mixed together. 

I would have loved to bake the Jaggery Banana Bread  in a loaf tin. However, that was not possible as I realized after making the batter that in my Bangalore home the loaf tin is big. So here’s a tip before you decide to bake, make sure you have the right baking tins. Luckily I have an 8″ round tin, which I used. Round or oaf shaped the taste is not comprised at all.

I recently bought jaggery powder to use for my daily cooking. Its really so convenient and that’s what I used for the cake. If you don’t have powdered jaggery then you would need to melt normal jaggery in the yogurt by letting the mixture sit for a while. Or melt it in water, replacing the milk. I usually grate the whole jaggery so that it melts quicker.


Dietary Tips:

  • I’ve not used eggs but if you want to make a vegan version then replace the butter with any vegetable oil and replace the milk with a veg based milk or water.
  • Ideal for people who avoid eggs in their diet.

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Serves 8 – 10 

1 cup wheat flour (atta)

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp soda bi carbonate (baking soda)

½ tsp chai masala (tea spice)

¼ tsp salt

½ cup jaggery powder

½ cup walnuts, chopped

1½ over ripe bananas, mashed

¼ cup butter

½ cup plain yogurt

¼ cup milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Grease a 6 or 8 inch cake tin with some butter or oil. Add about 1 tbsp  flour to it. By tapping the tin and moving it into a circular motion, coat the tin with the flour. Tap out the excess flour. Keep the tin on the side.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chai masala together into a bowl.
  4. In another bowl mix jaggery powder, yogurt, mashed banana and milk. Mix well and make sure the jaggery has melted.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just enough so that the flour becomes wet.
  6. Add the chopped walnuts. Mix gently.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared tin. Level out the top.
  8. Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes or till its golden brown on top and a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Remove the tin from the oven. Leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes.
  10. Place a wire mesh over the tin, turn it over with the tin.
  11. Gently tap the back of the tin till the cake comes out.
  12. Let the cake cool completely before you slice it.
  13. Serve it with milk, tea, coffee or ice cream.


  • Make sure you use over ripe bananas for the natural sweetness and moist cake.
  • Replace the tea masala with cinnamon powder for a different taste.
  • Add nuts of your choice, I just love walnuts with banana cake.
  • Do not melt jaggery in the milk as it will curdle.
  • Use a 8″X 4″ loaf tin. 

Pin for later:

Jaggery Banana Bread

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If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
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  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962



  • The Girl Next Door

    November 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    The banana bread looks soft and delicious! I love that you have made it super healthy, with the use of wheat flour and jaggery. Also like the addition to chai spice to it. 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 13, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

      1. poonampagar

        November 22, 2019 at 6:07 pm

        Bakes using whole wheat flour and sweetener are so guilt free and they do have their own rustic flavor too. Your cake looks soft fluffy and moist. Thank you for the mention di.

      2. Sonny

        February 21, 2021 at 1:05 pm

        Hi. Love your recipes. Really want to try this one but I am following an Ayurvedic diet right now, so mixing a banana with dairy is a big no.

        Could I use soya milk , soya yogurt instead?

      3. mayurisjikoni

        February 21, 2021 at 3:53 pm

        Hi Sonny, yes you can use soy milk and soya yogurt instead.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    November 14, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I find it hard to get jaggery powder here, but then this cake is so tempting and sounds super delicious too! I think I should crush my jaggery in the grinder and make this as soon as possible… hehe…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 14, 2019 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Rafeeda, back in Mombasa I don’t get jaggery powder, so I grate the soft jaggery.

  • Jolly

    November 15, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Loved the texture of the cake so soft and moist. Even i love banana bread but not tried with jaggery yet, I’ld love to try with jaggery soon. Cake looks so tempting and Healthy too which I won’t mind having anytime with cup of coffee😊

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 15, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Jolly, it tastes good with jaggery, please try it.

  • FoodTrails

    November 16, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Beautifully baked moist banana cake with nutritious ingredients. I like adding jaggery or coconut sugar to cakes and quick breads, it adds up a rustic taste to bakes and it is a better option than white sugar..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Swaty and yes I realized that jaggery and coconut sugar do add a different kind of flavour to bakes.

  • Superduperkitchen -Niranjana Sankaranarayanan

    November 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Banana bread looks perfect and is one of my fav bread. I have not tried using jaggery till now. Will do now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks Niranjana.

  • Searcy

    November 20, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Can you say yum enough? I love banana bread and this looks so good.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you Searcy.

  • Adriana

    November 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    yumm. this looks so delicious. i have to try to make this soon

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you and hope you try out soon.

  • Sonya Vajifdar

    November 20, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Just got of sugar recently ! So perfect timing for this recipe will try it for sure !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks Sonya, hope you like it.

  • TweenselMom (@TweenselMom)

    November 21, 2019 at 3:23 am

    That’s so cool, I’ve learned a new thing here, jaggery, we call it here in the Philippines matamis na bao, if I’m correct. Thanks!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      You’re welcome and if I’m not mistaken around Philippines and Indonesia jaggery is made from palm sap.

  • Julie Syl

    November 21, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Honestly, I haven’t heard of this ingredient, maybe because it’s not available in my area and we used sugar or honey, it’s nice to know about that. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      You’re welcome Julie, jaggery is finding it way to most organic shops as an alternate to refined sugar. It definitely is available in Indian stores.

  • Joanna

    November 21, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    This banana bread looks so delicious! I have recently discovered jaggery and oh my, it is so good. I only had it with tea until now, never in a cake.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Joanna, please try out in your bakes. They taste different from ones baked with refined sugar.

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea

    November 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    That banana bread looks quite delicious and I love how easy the recipe is to follow. This would be a great recipe to make for a nice and scrumptious lunch.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Angela and yes it would make a great recipe for breakfast, lunch or for tea time too.

  • clare minall

    November 21, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    This looks really delcious. Will make this during the weekend and see how the kids enjoy it

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you Clare. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  • elizabeth o

    November 21, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    That looks so amazing! I will have to try this with my family. I can’t wait to try it! I bet it’s going to be delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much Elizabeth. Hope your family enjoys it.

  • karin

    November 21, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    This looks so yummy and easy to make. I’m always looking to spice up my cooking skills and recipes choices. Thanks for the new addition

  • karin

    November 21, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    This looks so yummy and easy to make. I’m always looking to spice up my cooking skills and recipes choices. Thanks for the new addition.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Karin and you’re welcome.

  • amy

    November 21, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Yum! That looks wonderfully easy and tasty. I’m new to banana cake and this was super helpful in making me feel more knowledgeable about it

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks. Best way to use up over ripe bananas is to bake a banana bread.

  • Alexis

    November 21, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    This bread looks amazing! I’l have to see if I can find jaggery powder near me.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 21, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Alexis, your best bet would be an Indian Grocery Store.

  • Erik the Hungry Traveller

    November 22, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Never knew Jaggery excited until now. I thought this was just your description of the cake. Im excited to try this one out.

  • delhifundos2014

    November 22, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Winters are almost here and this look perfect winter treat. I will definitely going to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 25, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks and you’re most welcome.

  • Kiwi

    November 22, 2019 at 10:12 am

    First time hearing about this type of dessert. I would be open minded to try this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 25, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you so much Kiwi, just replaced the refined sugar used in the bread with jaggery.

  • poonampagar

    November 22, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Bakes using whole wheat flour and sweetener are so guilt free and they do have their own rustic flavor too. Your cake looks soft fluffy and moist. Thank you for the mention di.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      You’re most welcome Poonam, and yes jaggery adds a totally different flavour to bakes.

  • Aruna

    November 26, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    What a lovely Banana Cake recipe! Banana and Jaggery are a match made in heaven and the chai masala must have added just the touch of spice and impart a lovely aroma.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2019 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks you Aruna, chai masala added a delicious and warm flavour to the banana bread.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    November 26, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    I am intrigued by the taste of this. Chai masala in a banana bread, that sounds Interesting and so innovative and different. With Jaggery as a natural sweeter it is also a guilt free treat.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 26, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      Renu, thank you so much. The chai masala adds a warm flavour coupled with the caramel like flavour from the jaggery.

  • shobhakeshwani

    November 28, 2019 at 2:55 am

    The cake looks so soft and nice. I have never tried using jaggery in cakes. Book marking this recipe to try sometime soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2019 at 11:00 am

      Thanks Shobha, I used for the first time in a tea bread and it tastes good.

  • Vidya Narayan

    November 29, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Jaggery is the best sweetener and when combined with banana, does taste awesome. I loved how you added the tea spice to the cake, it helps bring down the aroma of wheat cakes especially.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks Vidya.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    December 1, 2019 at 11:57 am

    the texture of the cake is so perfect, Mayuri di. i love wholewheat bakes with jagger or raw sugar. yours is simply stunning

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 2, 2019 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Seema.

  • Ankita

    December 1, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    The banana bread looks so delicious. By adding jaggery and whole wheat you make the recipe healthy also .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 2, 2019 at 8:56 am

      Thank you so much Ankita.

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    September 26, 2020 at 9:25 am

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  • Aathirai

    April 12, 2021 at 7:10 am

    The banana bread looks so delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 13, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you so much

  • A . Shah

    June 16, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Followed the recipe to the t except for substituting the chai masala( not my fav) for cinnamon powder . Turned out superbly soft and moist . This recipe is a keeper

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 16, 2021 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you so much for trying out the recipe and I am so glad it turned out well for you. Am sure with cinnamon too it tastes really good.

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