Steamed Jackfruit Cakes
Jackfruit has been a favorite fruit of mine since childhood. I miss it a lot as it is not easily available here. The trees are very huge and can go upto 10-12 feet tall. Jackfruit trees are a common sight in coastal Karnataka and are used in many savory and sweet dishes. I remember as a little girl when we lived in a joint family with my grandparents and uncles and aunts, we had huge jackfruit trees towering our property. Every year during the yield time the fruits were harvested and used for various purposes. Papads, sendige (sundried deep fried snack also called vadam), deep fried sweet pakodas/pakoras, sambar, rasam were the few delicacies that were made. Yearn for those sweet days filled with lovely memories.
But some Asian grocery stores carry it and I usually store it in the freezer for future use. Raw jackfruit is now available in the US which is known for its meaty and chewy texture and is used in vegan burgers as a meat substitute.
Ripe jackfruit has a typical smell which some people find too strong. To prepare a jackfruit is also quite a task. Before handling jackfruit it is best to apply some oil on your hands because the residue or latex is very sticky and can ruin your countertop and cutting boards.
Let’s make this traditional coastal Karnataka delicacy.
Makes 8-10 cakes
- 1 ½ cups ripe jackfruit tendrils
- ½ cup grated coconut
- ½-¾ cup jaggery
- ¾ cup semolina or sooji
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- 2 pinches of salt
- A pinch of baking soda
Grind jackfruit, coconut and jaggery in a grinder to a fine paste.
Add semolina to the mixture and mix well. Add salt baking soda and cardamom powder.
Grease idli molds and pour into the batter into each cavity.
Steam for 10-12 minutes and serve hot with ghee.
If you do not have idli molds you can steam in a 8 “cake or dhokla pan. Cut into squares and serve.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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