Thursday, April 18, 2013

Chakka Curry/ Jackfruit Curry



Summer is the time, when the markets get flooded with mangoes and jackfruits. Every year, we buy at least a couple of big jackfruits, one would be definitely for Vishu. I have wanted to post the recipe for Chakka varati and Chakka Pradhaman for a long time. I had been talking about this in my house, so my FIL was very eager to get a one.

Couple of weeks back, they had gone to Cuddalore to visit a temple and on their return, they changed the route and came via Panruti town (famous for jackfruits), just to buy one for me. On going into the town, they could not find even a single one, when enquired about the fruit, locals said, that most of the trees had been uprooted during the cyclone which hit Tamil Nadu few months back. So they had to come back empty handed. Even for Vishu we just bought a few jackfruit bulbs and not the whole fruit.

Then one day, my FIL came home, after his routine temple visit, with a huge sack. And what was inside it? Yes you guessed right! He had somehow managed to get 3 jackfruits. So with one of them, we made this Chakka Curry. The other two are still sitting and getting ripened.
Chakka Curry is a popular and traditional Kerala dish. This curry requires jackfruit, that is neither completely raw nor fully ripe. The fruit should be pale yellow and when tasted, it will have a slight sour taste. That kind of fruit will be perfect for this Chakka curry, which is slightly sweet and sour and fully of flavours from the roasted coconut.





What you'll need
  1. Jackfruit – 4 Cups, deseeded and diced
  2. Cowpeas – ½ cup
  3. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  4. Chilly Powder – 1/2  tsp
  5. Salt to taste

To Grind
  1. Freshly scraped Coconut – ¾ cup
  2. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

For Tempering
  1. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Freshly scraped Coconut – ½ cup
  3. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  4. Urad Dal – 1 tsp
  5. Dried Red Chilly – 2
  6. Curry Leaves – few sprigs

Method
  1. Soak the cowpeas for 10 to 15 minutes in hot water.
  2. Pressure cook it for 3 whistles or until done.
  3. In a vessel add the chopped jackfruit pieces, turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt to taste.
  4. Add about 1.5 cups of water and cook partially covered on medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until the jackfruit is cooked. Keep stirring in between to avoid burning.
  5. Add the cooked cowpeas without water and boil for another 5 minutes.
  6. In the meanwhile, grind coconut and cumin seeds to fine paste using very little water. You can use the left over water of the cooked cowpeas.
  7. Add the ground paste to the cooked jackfruit mix well. Check seasoning, simmer for 3 to 4 minutes and remove from heat.
  8. Heat another frying pan with oil, add the coconut and roast until dark brown.
  9. Temper with mustard, urad dal, dry red chilly and curry leaves.
  10. Pour the tempering and the roasted coconut over the curry mix well.

Delicious Chakka curry is ready.



Serve with Mangai Kootan or Moru Kootan and steamed white rice.

28 comments:

Radhika Subramanian said...

I have eatent his a lot at my keralite neighbor's bome. They used to get 3 to 4 every year from kerala and the aroma of the jackfruit will be so mesmerizing. You have made the chakka curry very well.

Nagashree said...

I have never had this but I am sure I will love it as I like everything about jackfruit - raw, ripe and even the seeds :-). Very sweet of your FIL to hunt for jackfruits to help you with your blog posts.

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Juckfruit curry looks yumm.


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Nithya Naveen said...

Looks yummy ..

Priya R said...

I find it so hard to save jackfruits :) this sure is one curry I would love to try. Beautiful capture

Kalpana Sareesh said...

too good one.. love to try it..

Chitz said...

I love chakka & anything made out of it :) And this is a new one for me !! Looks very yummy, like a thick olan :) And it was so very sweet of ur FIL :)

Sunanda said...

Jackfruit is my fav summer veg. I always make different version of jackfruit curry.. will add to tht.. it looks delicious..
Chek out for dierent prepn of jackfruit curries..
http://sunandaskitchen.blogspot.in/

Sona - QP / PQ said...

luks delish! dear.

Vimitha Anand said...

Nice curry... would be great for rice..

PT said...

good color composition kaveri :) your clicks are rocking now a days..

nayana said...

just love any preparation with jackfruit, yours is looking very tempting.....

Vineetha said...

u have got a very sweet father in law..I miss home and I miss chakka..this post is making me home sick :(
BTw Chakka curry looks delicious :)

divya said...

looks divine..beautiful clicks.....

Mélange said...

We make several versions as well.But this is new and really interesting..Will try Kaveri.Thanks.Nice clciks too.

Rita Bose said...

Delicious curry! Drooling here!! :)
http://www.rita-bose-cooking.com/

Suja Manoj said...

Love this version,kothiyavunnu

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Sounds delicious chakka curry. A very new recipe for me. Thanks for sharing Kaveri.

today's post:
http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2013/04/rice-fritters-pakoras.html

Priya Suresh said...

Thats very nice of him to get a jackfruit na, thats a beautiful curry,i wont mind inviting myself to ur place.

Hema said...

I haven't tasted this, would love to try this sometime..

Anu said...

looks yum, nice and different one.

Swathi Iyer said...

Chakka curry looks delicious I love it Kaveri.

JEYASHRI SURESH said...

This is very interesting, never tried with jackfruit

Vidhya said...

We make almost a similar version.Now I very badly want to have some chakka curry :(

Shylaja Praveen said...

Looks delicious. Nice clicks as well

Julie said...

Great combination,looks yummy!!

Shella said...

What is cowpeas?

P.R, Ramachander said...

Great job. Being interested in Kerala Iyer recipes, I liked your collection, Ramachander

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