May 23, 2007

JACK(FRUIT) IN THE BOX!!


Here is my post for JFI founded by Indira of 'Mahanandi' and being hosted this month by Bee of 'Jugalbandi' with the theme of "Jackfruit". A very special thank you to Bee from me for hosting and for making sure to leave a "thank you" comment for EVERY entry she receives, a great blogger/host etiquette if you ask me! We are all so busy in our own way but still manage to cook for these events.Least we could do as hosts is to take few seconds to appreciate the effort of each blogger who contributes!So, thanks Bee:))



Jackfruit tree with Jack fruits and raw sliced Jackfruit:



The Jackfruit is believed to be indigenous to the Western Ghats of India.It spread early on to other parts of India, southeast Asia, the East Indies and ultimately the Philippines.Jackfruit grow well in humid tropical and near-tropical climates.Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, reaching 80 pounds in weight and up to 36 inches long and 20 inches in diameter!Jack fruits mature 3 to 8 months from flowering.When mature, color changes from light green to yellow-brown.When cut,you get a white sticky glue like strings,it is easy to get around those if you dip your fingers in oil before you try to cut the fruit.Usually,you get the raw and ripe Jackfruit cans in Asian stores to save all that trouble!Raw slices are used to cook delicious curries,fries,in Biryanis etc.Ripe ones you can eat as they are or use them to make dessert.Enjoy!!:))
Picture of Jackfruit tree is from WIKI.For more info about Jackfruit, click on WIKI.



Alright! On with the business.Thanks to the selection of Jackfruit for JFI,I had to drive around 3 cities like crazy woman looking for Jackfruit in any shape or form!!:D I hadn't eaten Jackfruit since I left India,so it was a delight to get at least canned ones here in Asian stores.Of course,it doesn't tastes anything like the real thing but beggars cannot be choosers!!:))

On the Menu this week:

Kathal Kababs and Kathal fries,
Mysore Grandma's Halasinakayi Palya,
North Indian Dahi Kathal,
and for dessert, delicious Halasinhannu Dosas with coconut and honey!


Kathal Kababs and Kathal fries:

Jackfruits are called Kathal in Hindi and Halasinakai in Kannada.I am sure every state in India has it's own name for this fruit too.I used canned drained Raw Jackfruit pieces for making these Kababs and crispy fries as appetizers.

To Make Kababs:
Ingredients: 1 can of raw Jackfruit, 1 small minced onion, 1" ginger, 2 tsp each of coriander seed powder and cumin seeds powder, salt to taste, 1/2 tsp dry red chilly flakes, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 cardamom, 2 cloves, 1/2" cinnamon, some mint leaves, just enough Besan/Chick pea flour to mix.
Enough oil to fry.
How to:
1. Cut raw Jackfruit into small pieces, and put all of the above except Besan into a blender and process into a coarse mixture without adding water.
2. Take it out in a bowl, add 1-2 or more tbsps of Besan and mix everything gently into a firm dough.Don't add too much Besan!
3. Divide into 6-8 portions and roll them to make 1" thick and 3-4" in length tube-like kababs.
4. Heat some oil in a pan on medium heat and shallow fry or deep fry until it is golden crisp on all sides.
5. Serve with ketchup or hot sauce, lettuce, tomatoes ,cilantro and lemon slices.
Crispy Kathal Fries:
Same batter for coating works for Chicken Drusticks too! Makes a very crispy coating when eaten fresh off the fryer.
Ingredients:1/2 cup rice flour, 1 can drained, dried jackfruit pieces, 1/2 tsp chilli powder, salt to taste, 2 tsp cornstarch, 1/2 tsp each ginger and garlic powder, 1/4 tsp gram masala, 1/8 tsp baking soda, and 1/8 tsp of turmeric powder, enough oil to fry.
How to:
1. Take a bowl, mix all the above except the jackfruit, adjust the salt and the chilly to your taste, with just enough water to make a thickish batter.
2. Heat oil to 375 F.
3. Dip jackfruit pieces, 4-6 at a time to coat somewhat thickly with batter and drop them carefully into the oil making sure they are separate.
4. Fry until golden,crispy and drain on a paper towel.
5. Serve with ketchup or hot sauce.If you want reheat them,bake them in the oven at 400F for 10mins to crisp them up again.

Raw Jackfruit Gravy:
HalasinaKai Palya as we call it.This tasty recipe is from my Mysore grandmother(always think vegetarian and coconut!:D).You can also add some cooked brown chana(Kadalekalu) to make it more nutritious(I didn't have them on hand) and tastes excellent with Rice rottis.


Ingredients: 1 can raw jack fruit pieces,1 small chopped onion,1/4 cup Chana dal, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 2 tsp urad dal,few curry leaves.
To dry roast and grind Masala: Roast 1 tbsp coriander seeds,2 dry red chillies,1/2 tsp peppercorns,1 onion chopped and fried until reddish,1/2 tsp roasted methi seeds, and grind these with 1/4 coconut,2 tsp Jeera, 1/4tsp turmeric,1 garlic, a small piece of tamarind until smooth,keep it aside.
How to:
1. Heat 1 tbsp oil,add mustard seeds,Urad dal,curry leaves,chana dal and onion,fry until reddish.
2. Add Jack Fruit pieces into the pan,1 cup water, cover and cook until chana dal is cooked and soft.
3. Turn down the heat,add ground masala,salt and cook until it's thick.Add cilantro and a 2tsps of ghee to it.
4. Tastes great the next day. Serve with any rice dish or Parathas,best with Rice rottis.

Dahi Kathal:
Dahi is Yogurt in Hindi and mixed with spices,dahi kathal is delicious with Parathas.Although this recipe is vegetarian,you could add chicken to this dish to make an excellent side dish with rotis or rice.


Ingredients: 1 can Jackfruit pieces drained, 1 cup yogurt,1/4 tsp turmeric,1/4 tsp pepper pd,1 tsp garam masala.
1 large onion finely minced, 2 green chillies, 1-2 garlic cloves ground with 1" ginger,cilantro.
How to:
1. Heat 1 tbsp oil/ghee,add minced onion and fry until the onions are soft and whitish.
2. Add the ground ginger-garlic paste,fry for 2 minutes.Add all the masala powders.
3. Stir fry,lower the heat to add yogurt 1 tbsp at a time until you use 1 cup,add salt and drained Jackfruit pieces.
4. Fry until done,cover and cook until oil shows on top on low heat.Add some water if necessary.
5. Pour the mixture into a deep bowl, and garnish with the cilantro.Serve with rotis.

Ripe Jackfruit-Coconut Pancakes:
Halasina Hannu Dose.These ripe Jackfruit and coconut dosas are very traditional in my other coffee estate(maternal) grandmother's home,ground in a stone grinder as they do in India.Delicious to eat as it is or with freshly plucked and squeezed honey from the honey comb as we do in the estates sometimes.(Yeah! You read that right!!)Sometimes,you even get a little bee(NOT the host of JFI)floating or sunk in the thick fresh honey!!Ahh..!!!;D


Ingredients: 1/2 cup rice (raw, uncooked),1/2 cup ripe jackfruit chopped, 1/2 cup sweetened coconut or fresh grated coconut, 1/4 tsp salt and sugar if you are using fresh coconut.Sweetened coconut already has sugar in it.
How to:
1. Soak the raw, uncooked rice for 2 hours, drain and grind coarsely in the blender.
2. Add ripe yellow jackfruit pieces, coconut and salt,sugar if you are using to rice in the blender, grind until you get a smooth batter.Add little water to make it run smoothly,but not too much,make like thick dosa batter.
3. Heat a non-stick griddle/tawa, brush some ghee and pour a ladle of the batter slightly thick,do not spread thin and cook until the bottom is golden.
4. Drizzle 1/2 tsp ghee or butter on top and flip to cook other side until golden.
5. Serve sprinkled with some sweetened coconut and honey (great bottled clover one for us!)on top of the dosas.Enjoy while it's warm.YUM!!!

My veggie Patch:
Well..this is what we have been doing, shopping and working on veggie patch for the last 3 weekends. Lot of planting and seeding is going on in the veggie patch and in numerous pots too.Phew!! But looking forward to all fruits of our labor this year too.Take a look at my last year's yield and the dish I made with the homegrown veggies!:))

That's it for JFI. Glad I made it and got to savor the Jackfruit after many years. But I am sooo tired of cooking Indian food now, I have to drop all Indian dishes for at least next week's post.My kids are complaining already!;D Have a fun weekend buddies,virtual hugs to you all!:)

122 comments:

Sia said...

i was wondering why u haven't posted any JFI entry in aroma and was about to ask u the same:) my eyes poped out when i saw ur halasina hannina dosa ashakka:) i am serious... ah!!! how i love that with spicy mango chuteny... slurp... do u know my amma pours batter directly into hot tawa and spreads the batter into very thin dosa using her hand. its a super crispy super tasty dosa and i just looooooooooooooooove it:) loved each n every dish and i am amazed to see the way u have made those kababs using canned jackfruit:) a tight hugs to u for posting these recipes.
so we can expect some international cuisine from next wednesday?

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,

I have been checking your site for updates from 7.30 am today.It was worth the wait.You amaze me everytime with the variety of dishes u make.Jackfruit dosa & kababs are new to me.All the dishes look yummy.You do have a green thumb.Your garden looks green & beautiful.

Looking forward to an american (or is international) spread next time.

Love,
Kate.

Smitha said...

WOW!! What can i say... Jackfruit coconut pancakes... sounds yummy! Love the veggie patch you've created - hope you have many great harvests!

Seena said...

Wow! four recipes!Everything new to me..I have some other recipes with JF, am waiting for fresh to make..
thanks for the recipes..Asha..

Vcuisine said...

Yo come up with many ideas Asha. All dishes are yummy and the way you presented them too. The pan cakes are real treat. Look forward to your next post Asha as usual. Viji

Sumitha said...

Jack is out of the box now Ashakka;)The kababs look so good and so also the fries!Jackfruit dosas,Wow!they look so yummy,have to try making them!

Asha said...

Hi Sia,I knew you would love dosas!;D
I loved it too,felt like I was in Belur in my grandma's house.Your Amma spreads dosa with her hands!WOW!!:))
Next time I will make it thin.Try that Halasinkai palya,tastes great with rice rotti.Glad you are feeling little better Sups.Hugs.
I am feeling brain drain these days,planning tp take a break in Sept.Yup,change of plans next week:))

Hi Kate,you are sweetheart.I have to make kids are out to school before I start my routine,getting hectic these days!:))
Kababs and crispies were so good,hope you try.Don't know what to cook for next week,will see.Deftly not Indian!:D

Hi Sumitha,love your profile photo!:)) Thanks girl.
Yeah,dosas were so yummy,very traditional recipe.Try it.

You are welcome Seena.I haven't tasted JF in a long time,so was very happy to find canned ones.No hope for finding fresh JF,believe me!;D

indosungod said...

Asha you did find Jackfruit for the JFI. I am trying to imagine you as a madwoman driving through 3 cities looking for Jackfruit.

All the dishes look delicious especially the kababas. But maybe I should start my drive right now.

Asha said...

Thanks Viji.I was so happy get JF cans,I couldn't stop at one or two recipes:))

Hi Sumitha,more like out of the can girl!;D I wish I could get fresh ones but no hope.Try dosas,they are yummy:)

Indo,believe me when say crazy.Arvind was looking at me like I have gone mad!!;D
I did buy about 8 cans of those,I didn't know they were sold in Vietnamese stores all this time!Anyway,all's well in the end.HeHe!

Surya Hith said...

What a wonderful recipes Ashaji!!Everything is new to me. Jackfruit coconut pancakes looks really yummy!!

trupti said...

I can't stand the smell of this, Ashaji....so, sorry I can't comment further. :(
BUT what I can say is, you're one enthusiastic cook....there's a lot to learn from you,dear lady.

Hugs,
trupti

Anonymous said...

Thank u so much for the recipes:) had picked up 3 cans of raw jackfruit at the grocery store, tried cooking one like meat, didn't like it that much( the tinned smell!), so was wondering what to do with the other two tins & here comes your recipe for kebabs, will try it & let you know:)
paati

Asha said...

Hi Surya,thanks.Hope you try some of these,specially sweet dosa!:))

LOL! Trupti,I totally understand!! You know why? My kids who has never eaten ripe JF until now,screwed up their nose and said 'it smells weird,I don't want it!":D
For us who grew up eating these are simply heavenly!!;D
Oh well..JackFruit JFI is almost over,so don't worry.Hugs dear girl:)

Paati, you are right.Somehow ginger-garlic masala doesn't go well with JF.South Indian masalas are better with it I think.Try that gravy recipe,tastes great with rice rotis:))

Sneha said...

Wow i never knew one could make so many dishes from jackfruit! but erm, it's not my favourite, so erm. but it sure looks good in the pictures! :D

Mishmash ! said...

I really dont know what to say after reading this....better keep myself mum!
Cant take me eyes off of that jackfruit dosa and kabas!!

HUGS

Shn

bee said...

awww, asha, you on' have to thank me. i should thank you for this fantastic spread. you are one of the most creative chefs in the blgosphere. each dish looks outstanding. thanks for your entry to JFI.

Little Foodie said...

Hi Asha, I've never even heard of jackfruit, let alone tried it. When we do India as part of our kitchen travels I'm definitely heading here first to get all of the recipes. Will be making the dosas well before of course! :)
Thank you, Amanda x

just for fun said...

Wow! jackfruit week :) All the dishes are wonderful. yummy , yummy!!

Richa said...

wow! so many new recipes! after driving around 3 cities you really came up with a beautiful spread!
those kebab's look so nice and the pancakes are amazing! lovely!

reena said...

asha, this is like pan parag ad. ek mangne se 10 milte hain. :) so many dishes with those canned ones. i have some left and am going to try the kabobs. never had that. i know what you mean by too much indian food.

btw what is your opinion on bee chosing durian for AFAM? i say send her to kaalapani. :))

Asha said...

Sneha,you are the second one who doesn't like JF!:D Enjoy looking at it.I can make even more dishes with this veg!:))

shn,thank you.Hope keeping mum means it's a good post!!;D Dosas were yum.Hope you try.Hugs to you too:)

Bee,it was most fun getting the JF and cooking with it.If you haven't chosen JF,I wouldn't ave looked for it at all.Hugs to you.
That doesn't mean you should come out with a strange fruit for AFAM!!;D

Amanda, you will love the dosas if nothing else.Hope you try.Some who aren't familiar with the ripe Jackfruit may not like the aroma but try just with one can first and see.Thanks buddy:))

Thanks Jas.I am sure you grew up eating these yummies!Hope you try some of these:))

sra said...

Hi Asha, I had an intense yearning to eat the jackfruit dosas once I saw them on your post but all I have is mangoes at home, so here I am with a bowl of mangoes by my side, typing in this comment!

Jyothi said...

Hi Asha, looks delicious and yummy. Fantastic and beautiful photos. Keep it up.....

archana said...

It is a treat for the jackfruit lovers.So many amazing recipes.
Your last years vegetables from the garden were too good . The white brinjal looks like an egg and the thai chili, so cute looking.Could not see this years veg garden. The slide was taking too long.Will check back later.
Looking forward for next Wednesday recipes.

Asha said...

Richa,after all that driving at least I got the canned ones,happy for that!:D They are easily available in Vietnamese stores!Kababs were great,try it:)

LOL! Reena,that was funny about the ad,I think I got happy with all those cans.But seriously,no more Indian at least for week or so!
What?! She chose what?! Lordy,what the heck is Durian? Kaalapani sounds good,may be I will go and hide until AFAM is over.I saw the picture at Coffee's but I think I will skip that!;P

sra,glad you could make it.I took most of the pictures out for ya!;D
Make Mango dosa with the same recipe,lucky you! Tastes great too.We get cans here with ripe jackfruits,wonderful taste:)

Thank you Jyoti.Glad you liked them and now it's your turn make some:))

Beccy said...

I love the way you give us a history lesson as well as delicious recipes.

The veggie garden is looking good, I hope you get a good yield.

Arts said...

As always, I am wondering from where can u find such creative dishes! :) they look awesome!
How can ur kids be bored of eating such lovely indian dishes??? Wish Wish Wish I was in their place :D
Have never tasted anything made from jackfriut.. except the fruit itself.. will try n find jackfruit here to make kebabs! :)

Asha said...

Thanks Archana.I loved cooking these too but enough of JF now,right?:))

Thank you Beccy!:) Jackfruits are our favorite fruit ,lot of childhood memories attached with it!
I am already getting little tomatoes and peppers on the little plants!I can't wait!:)

Kribha said...

wow so many dishes with JF? Never had any of them before. First of all, do we get JF in US? If so, could you tell me where to look for it? All the dishes look DELICIOUS, but my vote is especially for Halasinhannu Dosas with coconut and honey. I'm really amazed by your creative mind. Again I have to say this...you have a very lucky family.

Revathi said...

Asha
Did not even know that this many dishes possible with Jackfruit.. And lovely patch..
I am getting slightly jealous of your neighbour he he he !!!

Kribha said...

Oops, Forgot to mention your vegetable patch. Looks awesome. Where do you find time for everything?
One more thing, this week at publix supermarket I found a cauliflower which was green in color. It was not broccoli , the name was broccoflower. My hubby did not allow me to pick it as it was $3.40 or something. If you find it do try something with it. Then I can convince my hubby that I want to try your dish.

Suganya said...

There is never '1' entry from Asha :).. Wonderful spread.. All dishes are so diff.. Luv the granny calling all 'Ghost Readers'

A Little Light said...

Lovely garden u got there Asha didi!!
I once tasted Jackfruit pickle at my friends it was heavenly!
No comments abt ur recipes they look GREAT as usual!;)

Asha said...

Arts,let your hubby keep my kids and you come over here!:) Kids don't like any Indian food much but most of the time they don't have a choice! Try making Kababs.

Kribha,JF in cans are available in all Chinese and Vietnamese stores,I didn't know that until last week!Try the dosa,it's my grandmother's recipe:)

Revathi,neighbor has own patch,so he is not getting any from me!!;D
Try some of these,thanks girl:)

Suganya,I used to post single ones for at least 3-4 times a week before,changed that into one weekly post now!;D

Hi dr,you are right.We can pickle raw Jackfruits too.I have to tr it yet.Thanks girl.Hugs:)

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Lovely Recipes Asha!!!

The photos look beautiful as well. These are really unique items, definitely worth the 1 wait week for your posting!

Kanchana

DEEPA said...

wow!!!asha ji .....i really love the pan cake .....all are mouthwatering....Nice pics.

ChrisB said...

Asha that was so interesting to learn about Jackfruit ( I've never heard of them before) and how versatile they are in cooking; as usual all your dishes look delicious. I loved the slide show of your veg patch everything is growing well will look forward to seeing the end products later in the year.

Asha said...

Thank you Kanchana:)
Instead of posting many posts a week,I just pool a few in one post.Works for me.Hope you try the Dosas,it's tasty.

Deepa,thanks girl.Try the dosa if you can get the ripe JF,it's really yummy.:))

Hi Chris,I know most here don't know about Jackfruit,wish you could taste some ripe ones.They are so delicious.
Veggie patch coming along very well,I see little and peppers already.I can't wait cook with them:))

Sreelu said...

Asha,

amazing recipe, wow jackfruit cooked, fried in so many ways.
Love your recipe and also your slide on vegetables

thanks for sharing

Swapna said...

Asha,
You are *too good*. I still haven't decided what to cook for JFI, infact I can't think of anything. And here you are, with 5 entries. Ok..can we make a deal? Can I steal one and send it in my name:)
I loved all the dishes, the best being the fries..Great work, dear!

Asha said...

Thanks Sreelu.I would have made more dishes if I had any JF left!!;D
Enjoy.I can't wait until I get some veggies out of that patch:))

Swapna,thanks buddy. Let me give you an idea.Can you make a good pickle girl?If yes,add raw Jackfruit in that,believe me ,it's yummy.
You can also make Kathal Biryani or stir fry with the usual masalas.Try it.You still got about a week to send:))

Meena Kandlakuti said...

HI Asha! I just love to eat Jackfruit as it is. IN my neighbours backyard there was jackfruit tree and we used get hardly any one. You know they taste greater when we try hard to get them instead simply getting them.So here your efforts are showing off..great recipes.Thanks for sharing dear.I never tried her any jackfruit.Lets see..:-)

shilpa(aayisrecipes) said...

Thats too good spread Asha. Loved it. I wish I could find jackfruit somewhere. Had many recipes but could not find jackfruit anywhere. I am big fan of jackfruit from my childhood. If I find it somewhere, I would love to try these dishes.

Roopa said...

Wow Asha you got the JF and so many receipes great ! i lovedd those kababs the most. i am not sure wheather i make it for JF this time. A gidagalla nella nodi nodthane erbeku anistha idde. my methi again died not sure for what. After spouting well kelgade inda kappagi kolthi sathoithu do you know what might be the reason? i kept in sunny place and not watered much too may be the moisture here?:(
so next week some different dishes :) hugs bye

Cynthia said...

Dearest Asha,

As always, your food is inspiring and delicious.

I can't wait to see what you reap from the veggie patch this year. I just clicked the link to see last year's and I was overwhelmed with emotion. Sappy I know but honestly, isn't it great to grow your own food and I completely understand the emotional attachment. I talk to my herbs and plants all the time and when I see them dry or anything I chastise myself for not taking good enough care of them.

Coming to the end of the last year's harvest post when you talked about just a few weeks more before summer ends, I felt a sharp pain of sorrow, can't believe that you have to wait until next year for all this to happen again. How I wish you could move to the Caribbean and live next door to me so that you can plant and I can help you reap :D.

Lata said...

Oh God! so many recipes at a time. I asked my colleague what to make for Jhiva-Jackfruit and she gave me the recipe for some curry and that is the same curry you made :-) So, I guess I will take it easy this time. I have to try these one at a time.

Keshi said...

Asha d u know ur current post consists of something I REALLY LOVE? JACKFRUIT that is :) I like the Jacfruit curry and Sri Lankans eat that all the time. D u also know Breadfruit? Similar to Jackfruit but the curry is yummier.

Great recipes here...wanna try em all!

Keshi.

MONA said...

gosh! this is like a dream come true. I always wanted to know how to make ackfruit dihes & you have given the recipie of more han one!!

Thank you so much! I love jackfruit!

Kristen said...

Look at that great vegetable garden!
As always, your dishes look so tempting!

MONA said...

asha, you are so awesome. I cant elp but marvel on your blog. So are so dedicated!!!

I love your blog!

& I think you are beautiful & have an awesome family too!

Inji Pennu said...

This is unblvable!!!! So many entries. I think If they let you you would send bee more :):)

deepsat said...

wow!! never knew jackfruit could get into so many cuisines!!

thanks for sharing!

;-))

Coffee said...

You are one enthusiastic cook I must say!!!! :)

I can't stand the smell of it in my house so can't comment much on it! :)

Asha said...

Hi Meena,good to see you,hope you are back in US.I use to a lot of JF dishes in B'lore but I only got cans here.Try some of these,you will love it.Looking forward to more from you!:))

Shilpa,same here,after 20yrs, I got to taste these.Canned are okay,not like real thing.Try and go to a Vietnamese store,they have so many things even Indian stores donot keep.They have Lychees too!Any good Chinese store have it,hope you get it so I can cook more with your recipes:))

Roopa,innu time ide JFIge,try madinodu.Methi is the easiet for me to grow!Change the soil in the pot,I use Miracle grow here, seed and kepp it moist and put it in sunny spot.Sometimes I sprinkle Miracle grow granules if the soil is too old,and no nutrition in them.Try again with new soil,might work,good luck:)

OMG!! Cynthia,you are so sensitive girl!!:) I do love those so.I get the most harvest in July and August.I already see little Cherry tomatoes and Pimientos on the plants!
YUP!!! As life goes,everything has to end one day and in NC,it will be in September.I wish I was Caribbean too,we could grow all year long just like we used to do India!;D
Thanks buddy,hugs.Don't worry,I will take good care of these!:))

Asha said...

Lata,thanks.I always post more than one since it's "once a week" post!:D
Your friend must be from K'taka then! That gravy is delicious,try it home.You can make Pulao and Biryani with JF too.

Keshi,that is great to know that you like JF.Of course and South India have very similar dishes.Bread fruit is called Jeegujje in M'lore and I love it too.It has softer and pulpier than JF.I don't think I get Jeegujje here,it was hard to get JF!:D
Wish you had a food blog too, Kesh!!:)

Mona,great to see you here:)) Some of them don't like JF,can you believe it?;D I love ripe ones,the aroma takes me back to my grandmother's home.Mona,I have Mango Burfi at Aroma,it's so delicious.You get the best Mangoes there ,you could try those.I bet your son will love it:)

Hi Kristen.Veggie patch is thriving although it's hot and dry these days.Got to water every other day.I am soo happy just to look at them!:))

Asha said...

Thank you so much Mona!:))
You are beautiful too and definitely more articulate than me!I posted some photos too in the last few posts,that is when we were younger.I am not slim like you now though!
Have a fun weekend and be cool there.Hugs to you my friend.

You better believe it Inji!!;D
I did have more but thought it's enough for today.Actually,I sent only one of these,ppl come get shocked anyway!;D

Satheesh,thanks.I know even more but controlled myself after these four!!After 20yrs of not eating JF,it was like cooking frenzy for me,got very happy! ;D

Coffee,you and Trupti don't like JF!!:D I think most South Indian love it for some reason.I grew eating these,got very happy to get the "canned" ones,thanks for the small mercies here!!:))
Well..if Bee chooses Durian for AFAM,I am coming there where you are to kill ya,okay?! :D

Jeena said...

Hi Asha I love the recipes, I have never used a jack fruit before but I am sure they taste lovely in your recipes :)

Mamatha said...

Hi Asha,
Nanna bayalli neeru barutide. last year when i was in India my MIL got few halasinakai from hassan Then she prepared halasinakai saaru like normal veggie saaru and avarekalu+halasinakai bassaru. I loved it.
This time i will get the can one and will prepare those mouthwatering kababs and palya.
Thanks for those lovely recipes :)
Mamatha

sra said...

Hey, thanks, but that wasn't my intention. It still loads 50-50 (ok now, not-so-ok another time) must be the tech here!

Aruna said...

Asha, the jacfruit-coconut dosa is quite intersting to me :-)
U have brought the entire gamut of recipes using jackfruit here :-)
U r the best!!!

Seema said...

Wow Asha,
Amazing array of halsinkai dishes. Oh how much I miss mangoes and jackfruit here...Dosa and Genasale and payasa oh god I can still feel the aroma of halsina hannu spreading the entire house ....Ah!!! those were the days alwa. Loved the palya recipe and the kabab recipe a lot. I am gonna try your kababs soon and as you said the tinned ones don't taste or smell as good as fresh fruit but beggers can not be choosers alwa :-(. Your veggie garden looks beautiful and healthy.

hugs
Seema

Asha said...

Hi Jeena,I understand.Most non-Asians never heard of Jach fruit either.Try ripe Jackfruit ,you might like added to desserts and Ice Creams:))

Mamatha,Avarekalu Halasinakai saaru douds great.I will try:)) Canned JF is not that bad really,it doesn't have too much flavor and you don't need to for a long time since it's already soft in brine.Try maadi palya,tumba ruchiyarutte akki rotti jote:))

Sra,that's okay.There were too many anyway,I just cleaned up a bit.You are right,must be the east west connection.I get hard time to load too in some blog although they don't any pics or slides:))

Orchid said...

hey my ajji makes a jackfruit dish..i forgot its name now..its basically grinding rice, dipping jackfruit in it and frying it (its a typical mangalore dish)....but jack fruit na bidsodu kashta alva? what with it being waxy and all:)
but yummy..slurp, slurp!!

Orchid said...

oops...forgot to add..love ur slide show with the veggie patch!

Sally Lomax said...

I don't know about jackfruits. Maybe we call them something different?

Manasi said...

Hi Asha... i like the fries... others cannot say.. not a jackfruit fan! and u really go out to do things !! hats off to u!!

Asha said...

Thank you Aruna.After getting those cans of JF ,I just went all crazy!;D

Seema,I remember the aroma of ripe JF!! Canned ripe ones are pretty good than the raw ones.Make Halasinhannu dose,I bet your athe loves it.Palya,akki rotti jote tumba ruchiyagutte:))

Orchid,JF fries up there were dipped in rice flour but it's savory.You can use ripe ones to make it sweet.
Fresh Halasina Hannu sikkidre tane wax ella deal madbeku,illi canned sigutte ashte!I do miss the real thing ,wax and all:))

I don't think so Sally,not in UK and Ireland anyway.Jackfruits are mainly grown in tropical countries,may be like in Spain.They may have a different name,have to google and see.
Ripe ones are really good to eat as they are.You might get them in cans in any Indian store.Try and get the yellow ripe ones,kids might like the new flavor!:)

Thank you Manasi.Some don't like JF,can you believe it?;D
Fries are so crispy when they are fresh off the fryer,try it:)

Shivapriya said...

Lovely dishes Asha. Your version is really new to me. My family cooks little different. I have never tried jack fruit here. Now I'm craving for those kabbabs.

Asha said...

Hi P! Try some of these.Variation is always great.I love cooking other's dishes,most of the ,they come out great:))
JF is available in Chinese and Vietnamese stores,try and get some.

Sig said...

Asha, what a spread!! The pancake is my favorite, I've never had it, can just imagine the taste though! Yummy!

Lotus Reads said...

Asha, if someone had asked me to prepare a couple of recipes using Jackfruit as the main ingredient I would have conceded defeat immediately because, before I read your post I couldn't have come up with a single recipe for Jackfruit, good on your for being so innovative!!! Really enjoyed your effort, thanks!

Shionge said...

What a great variety of dishes with Jackfruit Asha....Thanks to Bee too.

We have lots of jackfruits here and I remembered when I was little, we were so poor that we saved the seeds, boiled it in salt water and eat them, it was yummy :) Now I hardly see pple do that now.

I have yet to try jackfruit curry though and your introduction today makes me want to look out for one ekkekeke....

Thank you Pal and hey, have a wonderful weekend too :)

Luv Ya!

Linda said...

Hi Asha -- if you grew a Jackfruit Tree in that Veggie Patch you'd really have jackfruit in the box! Raised bed is looking wonderful full of okra and things. I am interested to see how many things you grow in containers. My soil is so poor, I am improving one spot at a time -- eggplant and squash in with spinach and cilantro in pots. More to go next week.

Here's my question -- why is canned raw jackfruit cut differently than canned sweet?? I love 'em both and never having had the fresh thing, I don't know what I'm missing :)

My favorites here are the sweet pancakes with coconut (complete with floating bees, I love it!) and of course, the *fried* kabobs and fritters :):)

Thanks for sharing your goodies! What'll it be next week, pizza for the kids? ;) Hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend :)

Keshi said...

I can have a food blog but I wont have any recipes to share LOL!

Keshi.

Endevourme said...

i m not going to come to this site again though i wud love to :D

i m here in bangalore away from parents eating junk and missing home made food. if i see this page often naa, i will surely fall sick!hehe

Menu Today said...

Hi Asha,
Pancakes inviting me. Excellent presentation, I love jackfruit chips a lot. Lovely post.Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipes.
Happy weekend Asha !!!!

Seema said...

Wawwwwwwww Jackfruit is my other favourate after Mangoes n i never had all these dishes ever made of Jackfruit...except we have the chips from Kerala...
U tempt me so much to get on to cooking lol..

Lovely ones from the Jackfruit garden !

Asha said...

Hi Sig,wondering where you were!Took a little break,hah?Good for you:)
Try the pancakes,you will love it.Raw ones are acquired taste.Canned ripe JF is lot better than the raw.

Lotus,in my grandmother's place which is coffee Estate,JF are like backyard veg.So cooks in so many ways,these are just samples!;D Growing up in India was a great experience for me, my kids will never have that.Well..they have different life styles of course,which I never had!:)) Enjoy.

Shionge,as kids in summer holidays,we used to burn the JF seeds in the open fire,peel and eat them too.Being a city girl,that was THE thing to do every summer at Grandma's!!:))Ah..!!Nostalgia.
Have a great fun weekend buddy,hugs.

Hi Linda,I fill up the pots with Miracle grow soil,works well for yrs for me and every 3mnts,I sprinkle some MG pellets too.Usually I grow herbs,Plum and Cherry Tomatoes and peppers in pots.For Okras,giant Eggplants,patch is better.Bed is raised about 3feet,so roots go deeper,get lot of veggies.
Raw JF is the outer part of whole fruit.When we slice off the thorny skin and halve them,you see ripe yellow fruits inside with seeds in them surrounded by stringy pulp.
Raw JF is unripe with young immature fruit inside and when they mature,they turn yellow and pulp gets tougher and cannot use in cooking!They pluck young JF to cook and wait until they mature to get the yellow fruit.Hey,I went to back to India for a while Linda,thanks!:))
Next,nah.Pizza they get often,will make some good soup(s!);D

Vini K said...

Asha,so many dishes..why do I have to get to your blog right when I think I got to hurry..finish lunch and pick up Ananya from nursery and do a thousand other things!now I really don't want to eat the rice I cooked for myself today!Can I come over to your place please?please please please?:)I am going to look for jackfruit next time I go to Indian grovcery stores here.Love chips, and the dosa-never tried it but now I want to.all this blog reading is making me awfully hungry now:)

Asha said...

What?! ;D Keshi,you don't cook at all,do you? You probably eat out after a exhausting day at work.I can understand.Got to get a "wife" who stays home like me girl! Hahaha!

Hi E!!! You are in B'lore and you are missing home cooked food.Come on!!There are lot of little authentic restaurants there to enjoy.Look at us in US,away from families for yrs and can't dig into a good Indian food anywhere unless we cook!!:D You will be fine,keep looking for one those restaurant and meanwhile come back and say hello to me,another B'lore girl.We miss home too!:))

Hello MT,try the pancakes,I bet you know it too.It's a traditional southie recipes.Chips are very crispy with just rice flour,try.Thanks:))

Hi Seema,just chips with raw JF in Kerala!!What a waste of JF there girl.I know even more dishes and thought I better stop right here after 4 before everybody smacks me!;D
You can pickle it too.Try some of these,they (raw ones)do taste like meat in a way!!Have a great weekend.Hugs:))

Sneha said...

Hi Asha,
Wonderful spread of dishes with Jackfruit!I never would have thought of kababs using Jackfruit! You are just awesome! Thanks a lot for these recipes...

Cheers!

Endevourme said...

haha, u made me come here again :D
so funny naa u want to be in bangalore i want to be in pune but i am in bangalore...

Nee said...

Wow Ashamma, you are something else - I can't believe how much trouble you went to looking for the jackfruit! And amazing recipe - jackfruit kababs, I had never ever heard of before.

And your veggie patch cool too - you have gone to town planting so many different things! Good for you! I only have a couple of things put in - I don't have much of a green thumb so being tentative. So far, nothing's dead, so, yay!

Nee

Foodie said...

Oh, I fell instantly in love with you veggie patch, such a variety.
Please send some over, just kiddin
where do you find the bottlegourd plant, or where can I find the seeds? please do let me know.
I love the entire jackfruit galore.
Unbelievable, gonna try all the jackfruit dishes. Isn't the ripe jackfruit called Durian?. Please help me out here.
And the jackfruit kebabs are just delish....

Arts said...

I am ready.. but my husband isnt! ;) :D

Asha said...

Vini,I know how busy we get with kids,wish you could come over too!;D
Open the blog after you have eaten girl.Try the dosas,kids will love it.

You are welcome Sneha.Lucky girl,you probably get the fresh JF there,I am drooling now!:D
Try the pancakes with ripe ones,they are tasty:)

YUP!! That's life E!! I would love to be in B'lore in Dec,not now though.Probably too hot there.Pune is not that far from B'lore.Now If you were from Kashmir,then I would feel sorry for ya man! ;D

anusharaji said...

thats a wonderful post i say
i luv dosa the most
and i couldnt really imagine the taste of others.....
have u tried with skin?
i mean tender jackfruit....thats my fav ;)
u do have lot of patience and taste :)

Asha said...

Nee,great to see you girl.After so many yrs of accepting that I don't get JF,I found canned ones!!Can you imagine the happiness,specially the ripe ones.Make that dosa,it's delicious and aromatic.Kababs are easy peasy to make.
Veggie patch is thriving!Already see few Tomatoes and one chilli pepper peeping out!Make a small raised bed if you can,better than seeding on the rough ground!Have fun Nee,hugs:))
Going to see Pirates this weekend.

Foodie,thanks girl:))
Bottle gourd(not the Indian kind,but tastes the same) is called "Bird house gourd" with a rounder bottom as you can see in my last year's post.It's available in Lowe's or any grocery store in a small packet with 10-12 seeds.Plant atleast 4-6 at a time in good loose soil,just 1-2 seeds sprout and grow with support.I let it hug the side of the whole one side of the deck!:D
I saw Durian at coffee's blog,it looks JF.I think that's what they call it in Singapore,I am not sure.Here it's just called Jack fruit:)Good luck finding it and try some of these.

Dee said...

Hey I remember leaving a comment on your veggie patch.. where is it ???

Anyways . I love the veggie patch and the wonderful spread for JFI. Way to go Ashakka!

Asha said...

Arts,I understand!! Poor guy is probably got scared thinking of two kids hanging around him and wife having fun somewhere!:D :D

Lookey who is here!!:D
Anusha,nope.I haven't tried the tender skins at all.I don't think my grandmother uses it either.Interesting.
Wish I could get fresh ones but no hope for that.Post some if you get the skin,love to see the dish.Thanks:))

Dee,I think you left your comment in my old post!!:)) Happens sometimes.Thanks girl.
Is it hot and sunny there yet? It's so hot here,we are expecting a drought in weeks if it doesn't rain here.We are watering that veggie patch almost everyday!!

Prajusha said...

hi asha,
All your jackfruit dishes looks so yummy and good entry for JFI.jackfruit kabab,coconut pancakes, A big thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes..

Kajal said...

WOW.....When I check your blog.......my eyes is forget to blinking.....no words for your nice work........each and every thing is nicely presented with great photo and recipe and all your writing........How you mange all this things....If I am near to at your home than of course visit and ask to you.:)

Little Miss Muffet said...

wow..i am so amazed by this post on jackfruit..i haven't seen any cans yet but if i do, i am gonna try your recipes...and i totally love all the stuff ur growing...i hope on day, i have my own lil house with a garden where i can grown stuff too :)

Asha said...

Prajusha,you are very welcome.Great choice of dishes for this weekend,hah? Enjoy:))

Hello,I have to cook everyday 3 meals a day anyway.I just cook around these events choosing the ingredients.No problem.Glad you liked them!:))

M,cans are available in any Asian stores.I didn't know that until 2 weeks ago!!:D
Canned ripe ones are really tasty ,raw JF in brine is okay,not much flavor though.
You will get your wish(house with white picket fence aka American dream!).Took time for us too,about 5 yr after moved here to US!:))
Have a fun weekend,hugs.

Gattina said...

Asha, now sweetie, all the softwares in your blog are just getting sophiscated!
What a glorious series of jackfruit recipes!!! I've seen their trees by the beaches in Hongkong. So far haven't seen it imported and sold at stores in here though.

Asha said...

HeHe!! Gattina,just a little low tech gadget to show the plants instead of posting about 10 photos,easy this way:))
JF cans are available in any good Vietnamese store.Try to look for them.I loved the ripe JF in cans,very authentic taste.Raw is okay.
Have a great long weekend buddy:))

Suma Gandlur said...

I was busy for the past 10 days and did not check any blogs.
Asha, accept my hugs. Wonderful spread of jackfruit dishes. I have never tasted any thing made from jackfruit (except eating the fruit). Don't know yet, what I am going to post for jihva.

Asha said...

That's quite okay Suma,Spring and Summer are busy time for everybody.I/4 th of the bloggers are in India actually!:))
Hugs to you too.Halasinakayi palya is very tasty,I wanted you to try that.You get it in cans,make it.You still have time for JFI,you can make JF pickle too with raw ones(hint!);D
Have a great weekend.

RML said...

Hi Asha,
I am back after a week long trip to Orlando.We had a blast there and finally could enjoy the hot weather after a long long snowy winters here.

Wow! Thats what I can say whenever I see your recipes.All the jackfruit recipes are new to me.
Wanna try them all.
What a wonderful veggie patch.Wish u would yield a great harvest too like last year.
Good luck
Madhuri

Sandeepa said...

Asha..was itching to check out your post this week..but had absolutely no time. You made sooooo many items with jackfruit alone !!!!!!!! Teri charan o ki dhul de de, sar pe rakhoongi. You really are great

Asha said...

Hi Madhuri.Glad you are back and yes.Orlando is great fun and hot.You never get bored there,do you?:)
Thanks.Now tough to get back to routine,hah? Oh well,cook these!:))
Have a great weekend.

LOL @ Charan etc.HeeHee!!That made me smile this morning.We are just getting ready to leave to Raleigh,will be back tomorrow:)
Glad you are back.That's okay,take a break if you need to.I checked DMC often,no problem there.I will post Father's day announcement on the 1st.
Try the pancakes if you get those canned ripe ones.They are good.Hugs,see you later.

Keshi said...

lolz nah Asha I dun eat out all the time but my mum cooks all the time...she's my "WIFE" then LOL awwww...

Keshi.

Asha said...

Hahaha!! Nice "wife" you have got there Kesh!! Can't do better that that girlie!!Enjoy mom's food,lucky girl!!:))))

Mandira said...

asha - you made all this with jackfruit! amazing. I'm speechless. Your enthusiasm is infectious.

Asha said...

Thank you Mandira.Back in India,my grandmother makes even more dishes as JFs are available year round.Make those Pancakes,they are yummy:))
Have a great weekend.

sunita said...

Asha, love all the dishes...especially the kababs...

Mallika said...

Hi Asha - verrrry informative. I've never used kathal but remember it well for my childhood in India. Thanks for sharing the recipes - now the treasure hunt will begin!!

Meera's Blog said...

i love that pancakes:)great job asha:)

Deepak Gopi said...

every thing in jack fruit is use ful to humans.

Asha said...

Sunita,thank you:)) Try the Kababs.

Mallika,how are you?Hope everything went well in Peru.
JF is most Indians fav fruit,hope you get it there in UK,probably in cans.Try the pancakes,yummy:))

Hi Meera.Try it and you will love it:))

Hi Deepak,it is true,isn't it? Somebody told me that they use the outer skin of JF too to cook!:))

Sanjay said...

I knew people used jackfruit as a main ingredient in dishes, but I had no idea how. Thanks to your great post now I know how. :)

Asha said...

Hi Sanjay,glad you are a bit free to say hello.We had a hectic but fun long weekend,been very busy.I will visit everybody today:)
My grandmother makes many many dishes with JF,wish I could post all of them!I am glad at least I could get canned JF although they don't taste the same.Thanks Sanjay,see you later.

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Lovely recipes Asha.

Asha said...

Thank you Sowmya.Hope you try some of these!:))

vasilisa said...

Asha, I'm so impressed by your garden (I'm saying nothing bout cooking cause you know you blow us all away :-) ). I was thinking about planting some herbs,but I have no idea where to start. Do you know any site with useful info? I've never actually grown anything... How long does it take to get herbs and how long will they last?

And plum tomatoes... yum...

Asha said...

Hi Lisa,good to see you feeling well and planning the garden!:))
Growing herbs and Tomatoes are the the easiest.You don't need a website,although you can google for them.
Buy the seeds in the supermarket and follow the directions on the back of the packet.Some are annuals,die when it gets cold again ,some are hardy Perennials ,come up on their own every year like Mint.Canadian wehter is different from here,so you will have to wait until temp gets at least up to 75F.
Sow the herbs in a pot or soil bed,soil needs to be loose and got to add fertilizers every 3 monts.
Good luck,hope you do,they are a joy to the soul:))

ServesYouRight said...

Jackfuit dosa = heaven!!! Often wondered how to go about this - many thanks for sharing!

smita

Asha said...

Smita,you are welcome!:))
I didn't get JF fruits for many yrs,first thing I made is JF Dosas!:D

Santhi said...

Wow..as usual, your spread for JFI amazes one...i struggled for that one recipe, and here you have come up with four yummy things...true, GOD has his ways, i'm sure..:-)

Asha said...

Hi Santhi,good to see you.We made the same thing,isn't that cool?I am happy to your version too.JF is my fav fruit,so we do make lot of dishes out of that.Enjoy:)

pritya said...

Dear Asha,
Wow, that is quite a collection of recipes with jackfruit! Each one is most interesting and to think that one could make kababs, gravy and dahi kathal with jackfruit! Will be trying them out soon. Great ones :)

Asha said...

Thank you Pritya. Yes, we make many dishes with Jackfruit since it's available so easily in India. Here I can only in cans but something is better than nothing!! Enjoy!:))