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JackfruitHindi Name: Kathal

Jackfruit is a tree native to Southeast Asia. The fruit has a spiky green covering with white flesh inside. It is considered to be the largest tree borne fruit. The seeds of the furit are taken from the ripe fruit and then dried for use in either in curries or as part of roasted snacks. The seeds of jackfruit which are big oval shaped and have a milky taste are often prepared by themselves.

The fruit is known for its distinct sweet and fruit aroma. The flesh is starchy and fibrous.Jackfruit seeds taste like chestnuts and may even be preserved in syrup likewise. The roasted seed is also grounded to make a flour blend with wheat for baking.

It is mostly used in South and South East Asian cuisines. It is eaten cooked. They turn brown and rancid very quickly. They should be refrigerated.

Fruity goodness!

It contains calories but no cholesterol and saturated fats. It is rich in anti-oxidants and is known to provide instant enegry. Even the seeds of this fruit have a lot of benefits. They help prevent constipation, treat nervousness, help prevent obesity and lowers blood pressure. It is also an anti-oxidant.

Did you know?

There can be any number between 100-500 seeds in a single fruit.
The most savory part of the fruit is the fleshy part of the seeds.

Recipes using Jackfruit

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    Hari Mirch ka Khatta Meetha Achaar

    This pickle is made with a combination of sweet and spicy flavours of green chillies, vinegar, jaggery, whole spices and sesame oil.
    Recipe Ingredients: accompaniment,
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    Sali Boti (Parsi Meat Dish)

    Sali boti is a Parsi mutton curry with prominent flavours of tomatoes, onions, jaggery and vinegar. It is finished with fried potato sticks.
    Recipe Ingredients: mutton,
  • Recipe of Puffed Rice Squares

    Puffed Rice Squares

    An authentic sweet treat made with puffed rice, jaggery, honey, and nuts. It is usually made during the festival of Dusshera.
    Recipe Ingredients: dusshera,
  • Recipe of Sticky Tamarind Chicken Wings

    Sticky Tamarind Chicken Wings

    Coated with soy sauce, tamarind puree and jaggery or honey, chicken wings are fried crisp.
    Recipe Ingredients: kids,
  • Recipe of Papaya Salad

    Papaya Salad

    Sleek strips of raw papaya dressed in sweet and sour flavours of lime, jaggery, soy sauce and chillies. A salad that is sure to leave your taste buds tingling!
    Recipe Ingredients: vegetarian,
  • Recipe of Poornam Boorelu

    Poornam Boorelu

    Poornam Boorelu is a traditional Andhra sweet. Dumplings made with black gram, jaggery, butter and coconut are fried in butter.
    Recipe Ingredients: andhra pradesh,
  • Recipe of Bissi Bele Bhath

    Bissi Bele Bhath

    Bissi Bele Bhath is a rice preparation popular in Karnataka. In kannada language it is also known as 'Bisi Bele Huliyanna' which means hot lentil rice. It is a type of khichdi with rice, arhar dal, tamarind, jaggery, veggies, curry leaves and spices.
    Recipe Ingredients: karnataka,
  • Recipe of Amchoor ki Launji

    Amchoor ki Launji

    A sidekick that is sweet and sour in one bite! Made with dry mango powder, jaggery and spices.
    Recipe Ingredients: rajasthan,
  • Recipe of Bomra's Tomato Salad

    Bomra's Tomato Salad

    A quick preparation. Tomato bits tossed with sweet and sour flavors of tamarind, jaggery, coriander, ginger, garlic. Peanuts, sesame seeds and dry shrimp added for crunch.
    Recipe Ingredients: goa,
  • Recipe of Guava and Cottage Cheese Salad

    Guava and Cottage Cheese Salad

    An electric mix of rocket leaves, apples, guavas and paneer. This salad is drizzled with a date, tamarind and jaggery dressing.
    Recipe Ingredients: apples,
  • Recipe of Ambal


    Prepare a bowlful of khatta meetha pumpkin, the Dogri style. Serve with steamed rice and rajma.
    Recipe Ingredients: ambal,
  • Recipe of Ragi Coconut Ladoo

    Ragi Coconut Ladoo

    Finger Millets (Ragi) is grown in the Himalayas and are usually inter-cropped with peanuts. Here's a yummy ladoo recipe from the wholesome, healthy produce with coconut, jaggery and crunchy peanuts.
    Recipe Ingredients: coconut,
  • Recipe of Panasa Thonalu

    Panasa Thonalu

    Panasa Thonalu (Flower kaajas) is a traditional Andhra sweet that is easy to make, good to look at and absolutely delicious.
    Recipe Ingredients: indian desserts,
  • Recipe of Khatti Meethi Phaliyan

    Khatti Meethi Phaliyan

    Stir fried beans tossed with some tamarind, jaggery and a spicy coconut mixture. It's easy to make and full of Gujarati flavors. A little sweet, a little tangy!
    Recipe Ingredients: beans,
  • Recipe of Patishapta


    Patishapta is a popular Bengali dessert. Thin crepes made with refined flour, rice flour and semolina. Stuffed with a tasty coconut and jaggery filling.
    Recipe Ingredients: coconut,
  • Recipe of Zaffrani Pulao

    Zaffrani Pulao

    Rice cooked with saffron infused milk, jaggery, nuts and ghee. The sweetness and nuttiness of the rice is absolutely divine.
    Recipe Ingredients: chaawal,
  • Recipe of Arisi Tengaay Payasam

    Arisi Tengaay Payasam

    A quick and easy fix for your sweet cravings, here's for the traditional Iyenger style payasam recipe. Rice cooked in the flavors of jaggery, coconut and cardamom.
    Recipe Ingredients: kheer,
  • Recipe of Fried Modak

    Fried Modak

    Rice flour parcels stuffed with a coconut and jaggery stuffing. Fried till golden.
    Recipe Ingredients: ganesh chaturthi,
  • Recipe of Modak


    Rice flour parcels stuffed with a coconut and jaggery stuffing. Steamed.
    Recipe Ingredients: ganesh chaturthi,
  • Recipe of Raw Papaya Cubes

    Raw Papaya Cubes

    A healthy raw papaya dessert with the goodness of jaggery and coconut. It is first steamed and then baked to achieve a beautiful golden color.
    Recipe Ingredients: dessert,
  • Recipe of Gud Ka Halwa

    Gud Ka Halwa

    Indian dessert made with semolina, jaggery and loads of nuts. This halwa is perfect to ward off cold and cough blues.
    Recipe Ingredients: halwa,
  • Recipe of Pan Seared Grouper with Kairy Curry

    Pan Seared Grouper with Kairy Curry

    Pan seared grouper served with gingered carrot puree, cumin flavored potatoes and kairy curry with coconut milk, jaggery and curry leaves.
    Recipe Ingredients: carrot,
  • Recipe of Carrot Gojju

    Carrot Gojju

    Channa dal and carrots cooked with coconut, jaggery, tamarind and curry leaves.
    Recipe Ingredients: gojju,
  • Recipe of Pumpkin Oambhal

    Pumpkin Oambhal

    Pumpkin cooked with the sweet and tangy flavors of jaggery and tamarind.
    Recipe Ingredients: pumpkin,
  • Recipe of Malabari Prawn Curry

    Malabari Prawn Curry

    Prawns cooked in tamarind, coconut and jaggery making it a perfect south Indian delicacy.
    Recipe Ingredients: prawns,
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