Aalemane is the place where jaggery is made from sugarcane. It’s not easy to miss sensing the same, even from a distance, owing to the aroma that can never fail to draw to your attention. Eating that hot and fresh jaggery, just out of the kiln, is an experience people long for. Am not a big fan of anything sweet, but I love sugarcane juice, and that is another thing the Aalemane can offer too.

So, here are some pics from one of the Aalamanes we have visited. This is in a village called UnchanahaLLi on the way to a weaving village called Kodiyala, on the Bengaluru-Mysore route. The people in this Aalemane were so sweet (hah!), that not only did they refuse to accept any payment for all that juice and jaggery we consumed, but the owners even took us home, served us coffee, showed us around their house and even offered that we stay there for the night.😀  Such simple lives these people lead, and shower so much love so easily too.

See all those sugarcane field around?
See all those sugarcane field around?
Gathered!
Gathered!
It starts! Feeding the fresh cane into the system.
It starts! Feeding the fresh cane into the system.
Keep stirring!
Keep stirring!
The next step. After the scum is removed.
The waste, that forms the biofuel
The waste, that forms the biofuel

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The jaggery!
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And that’s how people eat it – fresh and soft, and served on a piece of sugarcane.🙂
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After setting

Done.😀