Jackfruit Seeds Curry cooked with Raw Mango and Dry Prawns (Shrimp)

Jackfruit Seeds Curry

This Jackfruit Seeds Curry recipe was originally published by The Hindu (MetroPlus Food) on May 10, 2018. You can read the full story “The seed of the matter” here
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For us humans, food is not just a means to survival. It is a long relationship that starts from our childhood, and we keep building on those memories as we grow. It’s these memories, and the emotions they drive, that complete our culinary experience! These memories stay with us for a long time and can evoke great emotions.

Every time I see jackfruits stacked up for sale in a market or at a roadside vendor, I am reminded of my childhood summer holidays. I have vivid memories of the jackfruit season in Kerala during my childhood.

Jackfruits (chakka) on a tree
Jackfruits (chakka) on a tree

Among many other fruits, it was the season of chakka (jackfruit) and manga (mango). Green or unripe jackfruit was used to make chakka puzhukku (jackfruit peeled, chopped, and cooked with seasoned coconut paste) or deep fried to make chakka varuthathu (fried chips).

Once the fruit ripens, the distinct smell of jackfruit will fill up the kitchen and spread beyond!  Ripe jackfruit was peeled, carefully removing the sticky sap that oozes out from the stem, and the sweet arils were extracted separating the seeds from the flesh. They were consumed on its own or made into chakka varatti (jam) or chakka payasam (sweet pudding).

The jackfruit seeds (chakka kuru) were dried and preserved to be used later in curries. The mild earthy flavours make jackfruit seeds an ideal ingredient for various spicy curries.

Jackfruit seeds and other ingredients for the curry
Jackfruit seeds and other ingredients for the curry

Jackfruit seeds are a popular ingredient in the traditional Kerala cuisine. Slivers of jackfruit seeds are cooked with a seasoning of tempered shallots, curry leaves and crushed red chillies to make an amazing stir-fry. They can be cooked with another popular seasonal produce – green mangoes and select spices in coconut milk to make a curry. Addition of dried prawns to this curry is another local favourite.

The popularity of jackfruit seeds in cooking is not limited to the Kerala cuisine. In Assam, mashed jackfruit seeds is a popular side dish. Jackfruit seeds are boiled, mashed to a coarse paste, and mixed with chopped onions, green chillies, salt and mustard oil to make a delicious mash.  Another common preparation involves adding the jackfruit seeds in dal giving it a mushy consistency and nutty flavour.

A seasonal variation of the classic Assamese Khar (a signature alkaline preparation, served at the beginning of a meal, involves filtering water through the ashes of burnt banana skin) is cooked with jackfruit seeds, lentils, green chillies and oil.

In West Bengal, jackfruit seeds are fried and served with dal and rice. Sometimes, jackfruit seeds are used as the main ingredient in chorchori (famous Bengali mixed vegetable dish).

Panasa Ginjala Kura is a traditional delicacy from Andhra where jackfruit seeds are cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices.

Palakottai Poriyal is a popular jackfruit seed preparation from Tamil Nadu where jackfruit seeds are cooked with grated coconut and spices.

In Mangaluru, jackfruit seeds are cooked with Mangalore cucumber, tamarind, jaggery, grated coconut, and select spices to make a mild jackfruit seeds curry that pairs well with rice.

Jackfruit Seeds Curry with Raw Mango and Dried Prawns (Shrimp)
Jackfruit Seeds Curry with Raw Mango and Dried Prawns (Shrimp)

About this Jackfruit Seeds Curry

Back in Kerala, by the time the seasons overlap in May, when the late summer meets the early monsoon, the last of the ripe jackfruits would have been devoured, and all the seeds, sundried and ready to cook. This is also the time when dried prawns (or dried shrimp) are in the market. Jackfruit seeds and dried prawns are cooked with raw mango pieces with turmeric powder, chilli powder, and curry leaves. This jackfruit seeds curry is finished off with ground coconut and a garnish of fried shallots. A generous serving of this flavourful curry paired with rice still reminds me of the culmination of my school summer holidays.

Do you like traditional Kerala delicacies? Then don’t forget to check out the following recipes as well.

Print Recipe
Jackfruit Seeds Curry Yum
This jackfruit seeds curry is made by cooking jackfruit seeds with raw mango pieces and dried prawns, with turmeric powder, chilli powder, and curry leaves. This flavourful curry is finished off with ground coconut and a garnish of fried shallots.
Jackfruit Seeds Curry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Jackfruit Seeds Curry
Instructions
  1. Remove the thick shell and slice the jackfruit seeds into halves.
    Jackfruit Seeds Curry Step 1
  2. Peel the green mango and slice into chunks.
    Prepped ingredients for the jackfruit seeds curry
  3. Clean the dried prawns and pan fry them to a crispy consistency.
    Dried prawns (shrimp) pan-fried to a crispy consistency
  4. In a heavy-bottomed pan, add the jackfruit seeds, green mango, dried prawns, turmeric powder, chilli powder, one sprig curry leaves, and salt.
  5. Add enough water to cover the ingredients, mix well, and bring to boil on a low flame with the lid closed.
  6. Once the jackfruit seeds are cooked, add the ground coconut and half cup water. Mix well and bring to boil again. Switch off.
  7. In a separate pan, heat some oil, and fry the shallots until they start turning brown. Add the remaining curry leaves, stir well, and switch off.
  8. Sprinkle this garnish evenly on the curry. Serve hot with rice.

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