Monday, February 22, 2010

Idichakka Thoran - Tender Jackfruit Stir Fry

When such traditional dishes are made, makes me think, if only i had the ammikallu. That would have made the pounding easy. I remember as a kid,my mother's kitchen well equipped with traditional gadgets like ammi kallu and like. But then later those gadget were replaced by modern gadget like mixie / grinder that made life easy in a city life. Though bit laborious in comparison to grinder to make a smooth paste of ingredients with ammi kallu, the taste that is got from ingredients pounded and ground in ammi kallu is not found in the modern grinder.
Coming to the recipe, very young and tender jackfruit is used to make this thoran. Applying oil liberally on hands and knife before cutting helps to prevent your hand and knife getting sticky from the gum inside the jackfruit. De-skin the jackfruit and then chop the jackfruit to small pieces. Once done with chopping, you can clean the knife clean, by placing it on fire and then wiping the knife with a newspaper.

Ingredients

3 cups - Chopped tender jackfruit
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
Few curry leaves
Coconut oil
Salt to taste

Grind coarsely

1/2 to 3/4 cup - Freshly grated coconut
1/2 tsp - Cumin / jeera seeds
4 - Green chili
6 big flakes - Garlic
2 - Shallots / small onion
A small piece - Ginger
Few curry leaves

Seasoning

1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 tsp - Urad dal
2 - Whole dry red chili
1/3 cup - Shallots, chopped
Few curry leaves

Method

1 ) To a pan add 1.5 cup water, turmeric powder, salt to taste and bring to a boil. Add jackfruit pieces, little coconut oil and cook closed with a lid on simmer till jackfruit is cooked well. Once jack fruit pieces are cooked, increase heat and let all the water dry out. Cool and then you can add in little batches jack fruit into a blender/ grinder and pulse one or two times to get it crushed. Or you can use a mortar and a pestle to pound the jack fruit pieces lightly.

2 ) Heat a kadai /wok with coconut oil, add mustard seeds urad dal and let the mustard seeds pop. Then add dry chili and saute, then small onion and fry till lightly browned. Add curry leaves and the coarsely ground coconut mixture. Fry till the raw smell goes, then add jack fruit and mix in well. Stir and fry for a few minutes and take off the stove.


Serve with rice as a side dish.

12 comments:

Happy Cook said...

I love love idichakka, i so so wish we got them here. Drool.

Asha said...

How did you know? I was just thinking about this dish after looking at a raw JF post in other blog today! :)

I had made this for RCI Kerala 2 yrs ago, still remember how good it tasted. Thoran looks fabulous and delicious. I have canned raw F, must try your recipe.

kothiyavunu said...

I saw your blog for the first time. I regret that I dint get a chance to see your blog earlier. Anyway, better late than never. Your recipes are simply amazing and the photos just make them more yummy!!!Love to follow u.
Idichakka thoran looks very tempting..I can feel the great taste just by reading.:)

homecooked said...

It looks yummy Pravs. I remember the stone grinder we had at home...everything tasted better when masalas were ground in it :)

Pravs said...

Happy cook : These are the things we miss when living overseas...just make more trips back to kerala :)

Asha : Oh, you were ? good now i have tempted you more and enough to go for that canned raw JF :)

kothiyavunu : Welcome to my blog and thanks for the appreciation :)

Homecooked : so true..there is something about that stone grinder that makes masala ground in it so good.

Suparna said...

hi pravs,
jack fruit raw tastes damn good if its well prepared, this is one dish which'll never fail to impress the hungry tummy :)
thanks for the recipe
TC

Muraligeetham said...

chakka thoran looks delicious ..

jayasree said...

I usually make thoran with the crushed coconut and chilly added. Another with ground masala sans cocnut. Yours looks like a combo of those too. I cook JF once in a week these days. So will try ur recipe.

3 hungry tummies said...

Wow this is a texture and flovour heaven!

Priya said...

Amazing thoran, never tried anything with raw jackfruit, tempting thoran..

Preety said...

it looks very delicious , new recipe to me

Anonymous said...

I too love idichakka a lot. I'll be trying this out for sure.

Thanks
Rg.