Monday, January 6, 2014

Chakka /Jackfruit Puzhukku/ Vevichathu

Jackfruit tree is widely cultivated and popular food item in tropical regions of India, Nepal, SriLanka, Thailand, Malasia, Cambodia,Indonesia, Vietnam etc.It is also found across Africa.Jackfruit is a fruit largely available in Kerala. It is also called as chakka in Malayalam. 
Unripe Jackfruit is cooked as a vegetable. Chakka Puzhukku is one way of preparing unripe jackfruit. Its seeds are also using in cooking. 
Chakka Puzhukku is a mushy preparation with overcooked uunripe  chakka mixed with ground coconut spiced mixtures. It is usually served as a sidedish for lunch but it is a tasty combo when served with kanji (rice soup) for dinner.
This Chakka Puzhukku is my moms special which we had during our holidays. 

Here goes the recipe

  • Unripe jackfruit chopped-5cup
  • Grated coconut-2cup
  • Green chilly or birds eye chilly-5-7
  • Garlic-5 cloves
  • Small onion-3no
  • Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
  • Curry leaves-2-3 sprigs
  • Mustard seeds-1/2tsp
  • Coconut oil-as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Water-as required
  • Cut the jackfruit into 2 equal half.Remove the jackfruit bulbs and clean them by removing its seeds.cut it into small pieces. 
  • Boil the chopped jackfruit pieces with enough water, few curry leaves and salt.Cover and cook until done, stirring in between. 
  • Grind the grated coconut with green chillies, garlic, cumin seeds, small onion and turmeric powder to a coarse mixture without adding water and keep aside.
  • Add the coarsely ground coconut mixture to the cooked jackfruit/chakka.Mix everything well.Add salt as required and cook in a medium heat for a minute or two, stirring  occasionally. Gently mix everything together and let it sit in low heat for few minutes. Do a taste- test, adjust the salt and turn off the stove.
  • In a shallow pan, heat coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds and saute few curry leaves for few seconds. 
  • Pour it over the cooked jackfruit coconut mixture.
  • Serve hot and Enjoy the dish!!!!!

Happy Cooking !!!!!


  1. very interesting and delicious recipe :)

    1. Hi Manjula,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. ....

  2. yummy1missing my village in kerala:(
    Remmys Kitchen

    1. Hi Remya,
      Thanks for leaving a wonderful comment........