Jackfruit is an important fruit in India and other Asian countries like Sri Lanka, southern China, Malaysia and Myanmar. This tree is the largest tree borne fruit in the world growing to the hefty weight of 80 pounds. It is also the national fruit of Bangladesh and may have been cultivated India as early as 6000 years ago.
Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit and grows in abundance in the state of Kerala, India. Jackfruit is commonly known as ‘Chakka’ in Malayalam. Jackfruit has a number of uses. The green, immature fruit is used as a vegetable in cooking various dishes like soups, curries etc. It is also used in baking and fried dishes. One of the popular ways to prepare this fruit is to deep fry it into crunchy, delicious jackfruit chips.
The pulp of ripe fruit may be eaten fresh, dried, or preserved in syrup or used for salads. The seeds can be boiled and roasted (eaten as a nut) and have a chestnut flavor. Jackfruit is low in calories and fat and a good source of potassium and Vitamin A Jackfruit seeds are very rich in protein and nutritious. In general, the seeds are gathered from the ripe fruit, sun-dried and stored for use in rainy season in many parts of South Indian states.
Different variety of recipes prepared in Southern India where they are eaten either by roasting as a snack or added to curries in place of lentils. Each edible bulb is made of thick orange-yellow flesh; cut open it with small knife or split the bulb with fingertips vertically. Inside each bulb, you find thick light brown color seed; keep it aside and enjoy the delicious flesh (sheath).
Jackfruit bulbs have a unique flavor and natural sweetness. They can be eaten by itself or jackfruit sliced mixed with grated coconut, honey and banana slices combined together makes a complete festive dish. This fruit is also used in making jelly, jam and desserts.
Jackfruit seeds are also used in making vegetable curries or added into sambar etc. The unripe green fruit is used like vegetable in preparation of various curries which is known as Kathal subji in some North Indian states. Below listed are some of the popular & easy Jackfruit recipes:
This Jackfruit Curry Recipe is exotically delicious, and makes for a fantastic vegetarian or vegan main dish. Green jackfruit is remarkably similar to chicken in consistency, and is even referred to as "vegetable meat" in many parts of Southeast-Asia.
Raw Jackfruit Biryani is an exotic recipe with amazing taste and aroma. This is prepared in the same way like any other biryani using raw jackfruit flesh popularly known as Kathal biryani or Panasakaya biryani.
Raw or Young Jackfruit as the name suggests is a smaller version of ripe jackfruit. It is called as 'Kadgi/Chakko' in Konkani and widely used in Konkani cooking. The raw jackfruit has mild flavour and it will be good to prepare dry curries or pakoras.
Jackfruit burger is on of the rare variety u get but it is really to make it at home with tender jackfruit in the season by shredding and boiling. Make it like burger pattie and have it with your favourate veggies and sauce.
Ansa Phansachi bhaaji is a popular Maharashtrian delicacy cooked combined with ripe jackfruit, pineapple and mango together added to some aromatic and simple spices giving a flavourful taste. Goes well with poori, bhakri, chapatti etc.
Doodhi Valachi Baaji is a delicious Maharashtrian vegetarian dish made with bottle gourd, field beans and jackfruit seeds cooked in spicy and tangy gravy. This curry is a semi solid gravy curry that goes well with roti, chapatti, bhakri or rice.
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