January 31, 2009

Palakkai Kootu (Tender jack fruit gravy) for RCI:Chettinad

When RCI-Chettinad was announced, I didn't do much googling, since I knew where to head, to get some authentic Chettinad recipes. On googling, I found more of non-veg recipes. At Solai Achi's kitchen there are wonderful choices of vegetarian recipes. I tried Kathirkkai mallipachadi from there. It too, was tasty, but could not take pictures. Its the season of tender jack fruit or idichakkai as it is called, here. Normally it is cooked as stir fry at home and occasional as semi-gravy with black eyed peas called 'puzhukku'. When I saw a sambhar like recipe using jack fruit, I wanted to try it. Though the ingredients look similar to sambhar, the taste is unique, probably because of the jack fruit in it. Above all, this a one dish gravy and can be cooked in less than 20 minutes. The only pull back factor is chopping the tender jackfruit which is quite a messy job. For those of you who have the option of buying chopped, frozen packets, then this gravy can be cooked in a jiffy.

Tender jackfruit chopped into small pieces - 1 cup
tuvar dal 1/2 cup
turmeric a pinch
sambar powder - 2 tspn
Onion - 1
tomato -1
water - 2 cups
slit green chilly -1 nos


Chop onion and tomato into small pieces. Take the tender jackfruit pieces, chopped onion and tomato, green chilly,tuvar dal, turmeric powder and sambhar powder in a vessl. Add water to cover the ingredients. Pressure cook for one whistle and cook for 10 minutes on low flame.

When the pressure is fully released, take out the vessel. Stir well. Add salt. You can add some chilly powder if you want it spicier. I did not add any. Bring to a boil and simmer for few minutes. Season with mustard, cumin seeds, red chilly and urad dal. Garnish with curry leaves and coriander.

Serve with rice. It can make a good side for rotis too.

This is my entry to RCI-Chettinad Vegetarian hosted by Srimathi at Few Minute Wonders.


  1. So Palakkai is the right word for raw jackfruit in Tamil, I wasn't sure when I made it! Looks yummy, Jaya! :))

  2. I have heard a lot about Chettinad food. Really want to try it someday.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Its been ages that i've had this.....looks wonderful.

  4. Never tried kootu with palakkai...looks superb..

  5. I am big fan of her site. Looks yummy !

  6. sounds good..have to try this one..

  7. Something new to me. I've only used idichakkai to make thoran.

  8. Last time i had tender jackfruit in any form was before getting married and that was ages and ages ago.
    Looks yumm

  9. I love tender jackfruit... and you cant go wrong with chettinadu recipes.

  10. hey thanks for visiting my blog and dropping your comments.

    first time here.. u have nice collection of recipes.. jackfruit gravy sounds yummmy!


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