14 Amazing Jaggery Substitutes

by Jinal Gangar last updated -

Whether it is sugarcane jaggery or palm jaggery, if you cannot source it from the corner store, don’t stop baking or making that amazing curry your kid loves to hog on. Find the appropriate jaggery substitute from the list below and rustle up an aromatic brew.

Best Jaggery Substitute

Dark brown sugar is the closest jaggery substitute. Other healthy alternatives include molasses, muscovado sugar, demerara sugar, honey, piloncillo, agave nectar, and maple syrup. [1]

Dark Brown Sugar

Dark brown sugar is the first option you want to look for if you require a substitute for jaggery. It is the same in color as jaggery and is healthier than many types of sugar. 1 cup of jaggery can be substituted with 1 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar.

Delicious jaggery cookies served in a white bowl

If you’re a fan of the flavor of molasses or caramel, you’ll love jaggery, a staple of South Asian cooking. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Muscovado Sugar

Muscovado sugar is a sweet jaggery substitute as it is made from refined or unrefined sugar containing molasses. Available in dark and light forms, muscovado can be used as a jaggery substitute in making beverages and curries.

Demerara Sugar

Demerara sugar is a dark variety and is found in the form of crystals, which give your recipe a crunchy texture. You can use it in place of jaggery while making beverages like tea and coffee or even baking.


Also known as panela, piloncillo sugar is made from minimal or no additives. It is a healthy substitute for jaggery in your morning cup of joe!


Molasses is a great jaggery substitute if your recipe calls for a dark color. It is rich in flavor and therefore, should be used in lesser quantities than jaggery.

Different bottles of honey

Honey is a great substitute for jaggery. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Agave Nectar

Agave nectar is your rescue ingredient when you cannot find that lump of jaggery for your iced tea. Moreover, it can be used in preparing many exotic cocktails without compromising the taste.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup can also be used as an alternative to jaggery in many preparations like oatmeal cookies, coffee, or tea to give the special menu a yummy twist in taste.


Adding honey to your java will not only act as a jaggery substitute but may also give you a great boost for the day.

Other Substitutes

Aside from the alternatives given, the following are also good options to replace jaggery and sweeten up your dishes.

  • Golden castor sugar
  • Turbinado
  • Palm sugar
  • Regular white sugar
  • Caramel
  • Date sugar
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 Jinal, an ex-banker who has completed her MBA in finance from Mumbai University, is passionate about health and wellness. She is a social media enthusiast. She has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. On weekends you can find her in cafes or movie theaters. Positivity drives her and she finds peace in cooking, reading, and coffee!
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