Video recipe for Kerala's special cheema chakka thoran or vegan breadfruit stir fry

Preparation Time:10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4



1 cheema chakka (bread fruit)

1 tsp of coconut oil

¼ tsp of turmeric powder

Salt for taste

50 ml of water


To grind

1 cup grated coconut

8 shallots

4 green chillies

4 garlic cloves

1 pinch of cumin seeds

2 sprigs of curry leaves

1/4 tsp turmeric powder


To temper

1 tsp coconut oil

½ tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp rice

3 dried red chillies

2-3 shallots

2 sprigs of curry leaves



Step: 1

Peel off the skin of the bread fruit and cut it into four pieces. Discard the central core and then chop it into small pieces.

Step: 2

Transfer the chopped pieces into a bowl and immerse them in water to not change their texture.

Step: 3

Blend the ingredients listed under 'To grind' into a coarse mixture.

Step: 4

Warm one teaspoon of coconut oil in a pan and add the chopped breadfruit after straining the water. Add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder, salt for taste and 50 ml of water. Mix well.

Step: 5

Cover and cook over a medium flame until the breadfruit is half cooked. In between, stir gently to make sure it's cooked evenly. Also, check the water in the pan. If it's getting dry, add some water to avoid the vegetable from getting charred.

Step: 6

Add the coconut mixture to the centre of the pan. Cover and cook for a few more minutes on medium flame. Once done, add a sprig of curry leaves and combine well.

Step: 7

Cover and cook for a minute over a low flame. Mix again by flipping the pan a few times to thoroughly dry the cooked breadfruit's water content.

Step: 8

Finally, heat the oil in a shallow pan. Splutter the mustard seeds. Fry the rice in it. Add chopped shallots and saute them till it becomes light golden. Add broken dried red chillies and a few curry leaves and fry them for a few more seconds. Then pour it over the stir fry.

Kerala's special cheema chakka thoran or breadfruit stir fry is now ready. Serve hot with cooked rice or with roti.

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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