Friday, July 31, 2009

Kerala Food: Jackfruit chips curry, something rarely made

Jackfruits, which grow along the Western Ghats of India and in some parts of South India, are really huge. They have many culinary applications. See Jackfruit, the jumbo

As I have mentioned in my post Gold color chips and a golden hearted Lady

fried chips made from the fruits are common and available in many shops. Properly made, they are an excellent anytime snack.

But curries made with the chips? Well, that is not common. Not only with gravy but sautéed and even ‘puzhuk’. We used to have these at Olavipe occasionally. You know, for a different taste.

The other day my wife, Annie (see photo), made jackfruit chips curry at our Chennai residence after a long time, and everyone liked it. This is something that goes well with rice, chapathis, pooris, appams, puttu and so on. It is quite simple to make. You can serve ‘chakka’ curry anywhere in the world if you have the jackfruit chips with you.

An indicative recipe is given below:

1. Keep one and a half cups of fried jackfruit chips in water till they are well soaked. This may take about an hour.

2. Fry two onions long cut, add to it two tomatoes quartered, one green chilli round cut, two or three flakes of garlic and salt to taste.

3. When the above is cooked, add the powders – coriander, chilli and turmeric – and garam masala to taste. Add curry leaves. Fry well.

4. Add the chips along with the water in which they were soaked, add more water for gravy if required, and bring to boil.

Jackfruit chips

Curried jackfruit chips.
Photos by me.
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Jackfruit chips add taste to meat curry as well. Use it instead of potatoes.

Well, if it doesn’t work out, don’t blame me. I can always say that the quality of the jackfruit chips may not have been good. Incidentally, thicker chips are better for use in the curry.

Related post:

Giant fruits from a small tree


islandgal246 said...

ha ha we can't really blame you at all, you are only the messenger. Never knew you can cook jack fruit, we only know it as a fresh fruit. Looks delicious and my thanks to your wife for sharing the recipe. I use sweet potato in my curries instead of the Irish potatoes and have never gone back.

Maddy said...

wow! that looks very interesting- For us when the packet of chips comes some how or the other, every chip is eaten with care.

meerasworld said...

thanks!i do have some chakka chips that is not as crispy as i want it to be.this would be the best recipe for them!

ER Ramachandran said...

Mr AT: The writeup and pictures are so tempting, I felt like eating straight off the plate served in the post! Thanks a lot.

Kamini said...

An unusual recipe and it looks delicious! I love poriyal (dry curry) made with the raw chakka. I will certainly give this recipe a try when I get my hands on a packet of chakka chips (if I don't gobble them up first!)

Happy Kitten said...

Wow! have eaten most of the Jackfruit recipes but not this one..

but finished all the jack fruit chips that we brought from Kerala and am left with only banana chips..

Mysore Blog Park said...

Lovely recipe. Sometimes the chakka chips turn soft before we can finish them - this is a very innovative way to use them up.

And thanks for introducing your wife to us.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Hello islandgal246, thanks for the comment. Actually jackfruit can be used from very tender age a preperation called iddichakka) till it is almost ripe for different types of dishes. The ripe ones are good as table fruit and can also be made into 'halwa'-like sweets.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Thanks for the comment, Maddy.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Meera, it is a compliment to my wife and me that you plan to try the recipe. Thanks.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Thank you ERR. I hope try out the curry and that you would like it.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Kamini, since you like chakka taste (the poriyal) I'm sure you would like this too. Thanks for the compliment, as I said to Meera.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Happy Kitten, please do try out the recipe when you get jackfruit chips next.

Abraham Tharakan said...

Thanks for the comment in the name of Mysore Blog Park. Wonder who the reader is.

Kariyachan said...

My mother did make the chips curry last day, she even added some 'parippu' also. I was really tasty.

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