Process of Gur making in the traditional setup in khyber pukhtunkwa

Gur can be used as a substitute of sugar in our rural areas. Mostly our people like to use Gur in tea and other desserts as substitute of sugar. One may directly use sugarcane juice as a drink but there is a need to wash and clean the sugarcane properly. Gur is boiled in water and after cooling it can be used as a cold drink in summers. It has cooling effects. Even in urban areas people do use Gur instead of sugar for having some change taste. Gur is the traditional sweet obtained from the sugarcane.

I did visit to a Gur Ghani (Ghani is a local term used for that traditional setup, where the process of Gur making is done. This process is very simple and can be completed with in few simple steps. In following picture male females along with children, all busy together in the harvesting and peeling of sugarcane in the fields.

In the first stage, the sugarcane is crushed under the crusher machine to get the juice or syrup, then collected in a separate container installed with the crusher machine. Bagass (the leftover of the sugarcane after squeezing its all juice) is used as a fuel for boiling sugarcane


In the second stage, this syrup (juice) is boiled in a big pan. Bagass (leftover of squeezed sugarcane) is used as a fuel for boiling sugarcane syrup.
It is continuously stirred with a ladle almost six foot long. This process continues until the water is evaporated and syrup reduced into concentrated liquid. During this stage the extra material, which is in the form of foam, is separated from the concentrated and refined liquid. In video 2 one can get a clear view of this process.
In third and final stage, this concentrated liquid is let to cool, and when it gets solidifies enough to be rolled into small lumps of coarse pieces known as Gur. This is the final production, which is called GUR, and used as a sweetening agent.

Bagass obtained after crushing the sugarcane is let to dry and then also used domestically as a fuel.

These all kidz were playing near the field of sugarcane. I remember this cute kid was not letting me to take picture of background, instead he wanna me to take his picture here is him with his younger cute...................

The traditional sweetening agent (GUR) made from sugarcane 



  2. Thanks for sharing this informative feature on Gur making...In chitrali language we call it is used in making of different desi dishes..
    I still remember we use to eat a lot of Gur during our early days in Chitral....but it has been a long time since then..
    I like the is simple and easy but involves a lot of workforece including women and children...
    As Gur making process doest not involve any cheimical agents thats why Gur is considered to be beneficial in treating different infections.

  3. i saw all of your gur making pictures and videos, super photos and videos also wonderful. See your video settings in camera, try to set video resolution at lowest, so you can upload it easily. you define gur making process in a very nice way, I like it too much.

  4. Oh how I loved every bit of this post. From the sweet sugarcane fields to the finished product. I love learning about how a raw material gets turned into heavenly sweets and spices.
    I did a similar post on saffron harvest. If you're interested go to my second blog called tasty tales and click on Iran on the side bar:) great post

  5. Assalam alaikum kiran,
    I am Zarrin n I am so impressed, that me and my husband wish to visit this place soon,
    if possible then do send us the exact address of this gur ghani in KPK.

    1. Walikum asalam Zarrin.
      I am glad that you liked my post.
      This is "Saleem Khan Village" near Mardan city in KPK :)

    2. hy how are you? i saw all of your gur making pictures and videos.
      please can be help me why need gur making project?


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