Monday, November 20, 2006

Chakka /Jackfruit puzhukku



Jackfruit tree's are found a lot in Kerala and in abundance. The fruit is consumed ripe and unripe.It's seeds are also using in cooking. When ripe it's very sweet and delicious.In kerala,the ripe fruit is used to make sweet treats like, Chakka Pradaman (pudding /payasam), Chakka Varatti(Jackfruit jam)....etc.
Unripe jackfruit is cooked as a vegetable.Chakka puzhukku is one way of preparing unripe jackfruit. Jackfruit is known as Chakka in malayalam.



Ingredients

250 gm - Unripe raw jack fruit pieces
1/4 tsp - Red chilli powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
salt

Coarsely grind
1/2 cup - Grated coconut
1 - Green chilli
1 - Shallot
1/4 tsp - Jeera / Cumin
Small piece of ginger

Seasoning
1 tsp - Mustard
Curry leaves

Method

1 ) Cook jackfruit pieces in water with red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt till done. Mash a bit of the cooked jackfruit with spoon.
2 ) Add the coarsely ground ingredients to the cooked jackfruit. Mix well and add some water to loosen up the mixture. Add salt as required.Cook for 2 minutes.
3 ) Season with mustard and curry leaves.

Serve as a side dish with rice.

1 comment:

Cliffy said...

When I looked at this, it took me back 35 years. I grew up in Bhopal but would spend every other summer vacation at my aunt's and cousins in kerala- Manimala to be precise. Chakka and Kappa puzhukku were my favorite afternoon snacks along with mulaku chammanthi and kattan kaappi. Sweet memories!