Jackfruit Recipes: The green-skinned fruit with a bright yellow pulp, mighty jackfruit is quite underrated and deserves much more attention. The incredibly nutritious fruit is making waves in the west as a vegan alternative to animal meat because of the many health benefits it gives With many irresistible fruits around that are incredibly delicious, jackfruit is not that appealing to the eyes. Due to the distinct smell, it is only raw jackfruit that is used all across since the raw form is devoid of the smell and is versatile enough to make rich and flavourful dishes.
What Is Jackfruit
Known to be one of the largest fruit to come from a tree, it can grow up to 3 feet long and 20 inches wide. The texture of raw jackfruit is quite similar to that of cooked meat. Jackfruit or kathal’s origin can be traced back to the regions in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa where this fruit is added to a number of traditional curries and vegetarian rice preparations. Today this fruit is cultivated across tropical locations of Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil and Africa.
Jackfruit is considered to be a vegan superfood for its many nutritious benefits. It is low in calories, good source of dietary fibres, protein along with Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants and is considered an instant energy booster according to Ayurveda. It is also said to decrease vata and pitta. Jackfruit contains a good amount of potassium which helps in maintaining electrolyte balance, ensuring healthy joints and smooth muscles
Since kathal is a versatile food, you can prepare a number of tempting dishes with it at home. We’ve got a few jackfruit recipes that are easy and quick to make yet are simply mouth-watering!
1. Sloppy Joe Jackfruit Slider
This is perfect for those who want to give up meat but love the burgers too much! Jackfruit is the perfect alternative to your non-veg burger cravings. Here is a jackfruit recipe with shredded fruit spiced with turmeric and red chilli powder, flavoured with garlic and added to soft toasted buns, a perfect snack for your evening cravings.
Looking to give up meat but can’t let go off your favourite biryani? This is the perfect recipe for you! Packed with the goodness of jackfruit, this biryani is sure to tantalise your taste buds. With the aroma of garlic, coriander, turmeric and garam masala, kathal biryani can be a great option for your next lunch menu.
3. Kathal Ka Achaar
Yes, kathal can be a tangy, spicy pickle too just like other fruits and vegetables! Packed with turmeric, haldi, mustard seeds, onion seeds, asafoetida and mustard oil, jackfruit chunks in this pickle are loaded with red chillies. This can be your next household staple pickle.
4. Kathal Ki Sabzi
Peeled and fried jackfruit (kathal) cooked in an assortment of spices with tomatoes and onions for flavour, kathal ki sabzi is a tempting dish topped with coriander leaves that you can pair with hot rotis or parathas.
5. Young Jackfruit And Water Chestnut Thai Red Curry
Here is a Thai red curry made in a mix of coconut milk and jaggery with sliced water chestnut, boiled jackfruit and Thai curry paste along with a strong flavour of lemongrass and galangal. Serve with Goan red rice for a wholesome meal.
Reap on the benefits of this wonder fruit with these delectable jackfruit recipes. Let us know what you liked the most in the comment section below.
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