Palm Jaggery | Karupatti / panai vellam. Palm jaggery is a kind of sweetener used in South India. It is used in preparing many Indian medicines especially Tamil medicines and healthy food. When mixed with tamarind extract and dry ginger, it is believed to treat UTIs and kidney stones. Is Karupatti and palm sugar the same? In different countries or regions, it has different names malaysia- gula melaka, indonesia- gula merah, karupatti in tamil and thati bellam in telugu. palm sugar is the term used to refer to both Palmyra palm sugar and coconut palm sugar. Though the term is used interchangeably, both are not the same. 3. What is the use of Palm Jaggery | Karupatti? Palm jaggery is used to sweeten drinks like the famous South Indian ‘Sukku Kaapi’ (coriander and ginger tea). You can make Palm Jaggery Tea by boiling jaggery with water, filtering, and adding a few drops of lemon juice. It can also be used to make sweets and desserts.