Thursday, May 31, 2007

Jackfruit kebab

I used to love eating ripe jackfruit from the tree in my grandmothers house every summer back home. Here all we get is the over sweet ripe jackfruit soaked in sugar syrup. After a couple of washes it tastes ok but not close to the real one. For the JFI-Jackfruit event posted by Jugalbandi, I wanted to try something with raw jackfruit and that’s when I remembered the kebabs my friend makes with them. After a phone call, I started on this expedition. It came out well and tasted very close to meat kebabs, so it is a good vegetarian appetizer substitute. The kebabs can be shaped and refrigerated a day ahead and grilled/shallow fried when needed.


Green raw jackfruit – 1 20 oz can
Potato – 1
Onion (chopped finely) – 1
Green chillies (chopped finely) – 2
Cilantro or Parsley(chopped finely) – ½ cup
Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric – a pinch
Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
Besan – 1 tbsp (optional)
Salt – as needed
Oil – 3 tbsp


Pressure cook the jackfruit and potato for about 2 whistles, drain water and mash finely. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add chopped onions and green chillies. Fry till the onions turn golden brown and add the ginger-garlic paste, chilly powder, turmeric, salt and garam masala powder. Fry for a minute and remove from heat. After it cools, add the onions to the mashed jackfruit-potato, add chopped cilantro or parsley and combine till it mixes well. Taste for salt and spice and add more if needed. Make kebabs of desired shape. I prefer flat patties. Refrigerate till ready to be cooked. Heat 1 tsp oil in a non stick pan and cook the patties till brown on both sides. More oil can be sprinkled on the side while cooking. Serve with chutney of choice.


bee said...

thank you deepz, for your entry. kebabs are a great way to cook green jackfruit. they have the right texture for this dish. see you at the roundup.

ushaprashanth said...

Hi !
Kebabs in Jackfruit!!!!!! that's nice and indeed a tastefull starter item. easy to prepare too.....

Asha said...

I made Kababs too Deepz!:)
Your's looks great,yummy.

Mandira said...

great looking kababs deepz, bet they taste good too!

Tee said...

your recipe for jackfruit kababs looks great! This goes down in my 'to try recipes' list.

Deepz said...

Thanks bee and Usha.

Asha: Your kababs look wonderful as usual. It has a few different ingredients so I will try it the next time.

Mandira: Thanks. They do taste yummy.

Tee: Thanks. I also liked your version of the kababs. Will definitely give it a try.

ann said...

Hey Deepa- added you to my blogroll. Nice blog. :) Will try out some of your trademark recipe sometime and let you know.

timepass said...

First timer to ur blog. Good recipes and lovely snaps too...

Gayathri said...

deepz i tried this kebab with Peaches.. it came out real good:)

Deepz said...

Thanks Ann and Timepass.

Peaches are a great idea gayathri, will definitely try that soon.

Chryselle said...

Hi Deepz,
I'm writing an article on the jackfruit for an Indian magazine and would love to include your recipe with permission. Full credit will be given to you. Please contact me urgently if you are okay with this - I'm on a deadline!

Many thanks.