INDIAN STYLE JACKFRUIT
The picture below might look like meat but don’t be fooled. If you haven’t eaten jackfruit yet, your life is going to change once you do. Often referred to as the ‘vegetarian chicken’ this stringy fruit (yes its actually a fruit) is the food that vegans dream of! It’s a healthy vegan meat replacement and it’s fast becoming one of the biggest food trends among vegetarians, vegans, and even adventurous meat lovers. Best of all, it's the key to making a large variety of dishes ranging from barbecued stuff to burgers to Indian curries as it pairs well with almost all spices. Here’s just one of the many ways I cook jackfruit. Go on, add it to your grocery list for next time.
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil + more for frying
- 1 tin jackfruit (400gms) in salted water
- 1 medium sized onion, sliced
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tsp chopped ginger
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ chilli powder or more if you like it hotter
- 1-2 green chillies (optional)
- ½ tsp garam masala
- Salt to taste
- Chopped coriander for garnishing
- Remove the jackfruit from the tin and throw away the excess water.
- Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the jackfruit pieces till golden in colour.
- Remove the jackfruit pieces and place on a kitchen towel so that the excess oil gets absorbed.
- Now heat 1.5 tablespoons of oil in a separate pan, add cumin seeds and let them splutter for a minute.
- Add the chopped ginger, sliced onions and sauté till onions start turning slightly golden on the edges.
- Once the onions are done, throw in the green chillies and tomatoes, and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes on moderately high heat.
- Gently stir in the fried jackfruit pieces and start adding all the spice powders-turmeric, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala and salt. Make sure everything is combined well.
- Pour about ¼ cup water into the pan, cook and cover for about 8-10 minutes.
- Uncover the pan, give the jackfruit one last stir and check for seasoning.
- Serve hot garnished with coriander.
- A hot naan would make your meal perfect.
Fresh jackfruit is not available in the region where I stay. That is why I use the tinned variety. Make sure to buy jackfruit in water and not in brine. The one in brine turns out rather sour after getting cooked. I have provided below, a picture of the brand I use.