Video guide for Idichakka Thoran or Kerala-style raw jackfruit stir fry

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


1 small idichakka (raw, young jackfruit)

½ tsp turmeric powder

1 cup grated coconut

5 shallots

3-4 garlic cloves

3 green chillies

1 ½ tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp black lentil

1 tsp mustard seeds

2 sprigs of curry leaves

¼ cup of water

Salt for taste


Step: 1

Before starting the preparation, apply some oil on both your palms and the knife for cutting the jackfruit.

Cut the raw jackfruit into big chunks. Wipe off the jackfruit latex with tissue paper. Then peel off the thorny green skin from the outer chunks with the knife until no green is visible. Cut the chunks into small pieces.

Step: 2

Pressure cook the jackfruit with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and ¼ cup of water, for 2 to 3 whistles.

Step: 3

While the jackfruit is getting cooked, grind the other ingredients. In a blender, coarsely grind the shallots, green chillies and garlic together and keep them aside.

Step: 4

Then coarsely grind the grated coconut with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder and a few curry leaves and keep them aside.

Step: 5

Once the jackfruit is cooked, allow it to cool down until the pressure is released. Drain if any water is left in the cooker. (Make sure the cooked jackfruit is almost dry).

Step: 6

Shred the jackfruit by pounding them in a mortar and pestle, or pulse it in a food processor.

Step: 7

Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a kadai. Splutter the mustard seeds. Add black lentils and sauté them till they turn light brown. Then add a sprig of curry leaves. Turn the flame to medium and add the ground coconut masala, and sauté for about two minutes. Add salt as per your requirement.

Step: 8

Finally, add the pound of jackfruit and mix. Cover and cook over a low flame for about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Turn off the flame and serve hot with steamed rice.

Recipe courtesy: Sobha Varghese is a homemaker based in Mumbai, India. Sobha runs a popular YouTube blog called ‘Sobha's Kitchenette’ that focuses on authentic and traditional Kerala recipes.

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