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Dry Chilli Jackfruit

Jackfruit is an exotic fruit grown in tropical regions of the world. Jackfruit has a spiky outer skin and is green (unripe) or yellow (ripe) in color. One unique aspect of jackfruit is its unusually large size and also this is the largest tree fruit in the world. This makes an excellent meat alternative in vegetarian and vegan recipes due to its texture, which is comparable to shredded meat. Particular season of jackfruit is during the summer. The consumed part of jackfruit is the flesh and the seed which are edible both when ripe and unripe. It can be used for sweet as well as savory dishes. Also jackfruits are high in nutrients and antioxidants and have a number of health benefits including improved blood sugar control, reduced the risk of heart disease, reduced the risk of viral infections etc.

Among all the varieties of dishes prepared using jackfruits, today I have come up with an Indo-Chinese version of Jackfruits as Dry Chilli Jackfruits. This is almost similar to any Indo-Chinese chilli recipe, prepared with raw jackfruit pieces. I have prepared this chilli variation as a dry one without any gravy. The key ingredient here is the shallow fried jackfruit pieces. These can be deep fried too 😉 But before shallow frying, first the raw jackfruit pieces are cooked a bit till soft, coated with a batter which is neither thin nor thick consistency and then shallow fried. 

Then the fried jackfruits are tossed in a sauce consisting of finely chopped ginger, finely chopped garlic, soy sauce, tomato sauce, chili sauce, sugar, onion and capsicum cubes. The whole dish overall gives a sweet and spicy flavor. This dry chilli jackfruit can be served as a starter or appetizer. Also this tastes ideal when served along with fried rice or noodles or plain roti too. So do try this dry chilli jackfruits and give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. Lets go in details.

Preparation Time : 15 mins  |  Cooking Time : 25 mins

Ingredients :        

Jack fruit (chopped and deseed)
2 cup
Maida (all purpose flour)
4 tbsp
Corn flour
2 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste
¼ tsp
Onion (1 inch cube)
½ cup
Capsicum (1 inch cube)
¼ cup
Green chili
2 no
Garlic (finely chopped)
1 tsp
Ginger (finely chopped)
½ tsp
Spring onion (chopped)
2 tbsp
Red chili powder
¼ tsp
Black pepper powder
¼ tsp
Tomato sauce
2 tbsp
Chili sauce
1 tsp
Soy sauce
1 tbsp
¼ tsp
As needed
As needed
As needed

Method :
  1. First in a deep non-stick pan, heat enough water. 
  2. Add the chopped jack fruit, salt and cook over medium heat for 12-15 minutes or till jack fruit pieces turn a bit soft. Do not over cook, the pieces should cook till soft.
  3. Drain the water using a strainer and transfer the jack fruits into a plate. Keep aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl take maida, corn flour, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder and salt.
  5. Add water and make a smooth lump free batter which will be neither thick nor thin consistency.
  6. Add jackfruit pieces and mix gently so that these are coated well with the batter. Keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Now in a pan heat oil and shallow fry these coated jackfruit pieces tossing in between.
  8. Fry till the jackfruits turn golden and crisp. 
  9. Transfer to a plate and keep aside.
  10. Now into the same pan, add oil and turn on heat.
  11. Add the finely chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  12. Add the finely chopped ginger and saute on high for a few more seconds.
  13. Next add onion cubes, capsicum cubes and stir fry for 2-3 minutes over high heat.
  14. Then add shallow fried jackfruit pieces and mix everything well.
  15. Now add tomato sauce, chili sauce, soy sauce, pepper powder, sugar and salt.
  16. Saute over high heat till everything incorporated well.
  17. Sprinkle some chopped spring onions and give a quick mix.
  18. Turn off heat and serve hot along with roti or fried rice or noodles !

Notes :

  • Do not over cook the raw jackfruit pieces, the pieces should cook till soft.

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