Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lunch Box Series : LBS#50 ~ Jackfruit Seed poriyal!

I was planning to make this post special as its the 50th lunch box I am sharing. But life has been hectic off late. For us, special occasions are celebrated with sweets, but since I rarely take sweets to office unless its a Saturday when I make neivedyam. So I can't expect myself to make a sweet to celebrate the milestone. Instead I thought the next best would be to make something I like very much!

And Jack fruits are one of my favorites! Be it the fruits or its seeds, I like everything about it. I grew up eating this fruit and there is nothing I can like more than the seeds that we save to use it in different ways. Amma makes a sambar and a curry with it. Most of the time I used to make a dry saute with it, which is very crisp and flavorsome! And there have been times when we simply throw them into hot coal, and burn the seeds. The aroma and the taste the seeds have are simply awesome. But then having a coal stove is quite difficult in these days. So I try tossing them on direct flame, though you don't get that burnt smell this way, its equally tasty.

During my childhood, we had many of my dad's folks sending us this bounty from their trees. So come summer, we used to get about 5 -6 different big fruits. The next couple of days we are busy removing the fruit and sharing with the neighbors. That way we used to end up having loads of these seeds. But its been years we stopped getting those huge fruits as such. This summer hubby dear gets it all packed. Each packet has about 10 of it and its finished the moment its seen. The best part is, Konda likes it. So most of the time I get only the seeds to admire.

We save most of it all the time to think of some curry or the other. Adding these into sambar gives it a great taste. But I wanted to make it as a poriyal with simple ingredients. So here's our lunch that I carried

Today's Lunch Box had

Endumirapakaya Pappu ~ Dal with Red Chilli
Bitter gourd Masala
Jackfruit Seed Poriyal
Cumin pepper Rasam
Curd Rice


Red Chili Dal, Bitter Gourd Curry, Jackfruit Seeds Poriyal ~ Our Lunch Box

Jackfruit Seeds Poriyal Recipe
Ingredients Needed:

Jack fruit Seeds - 10 nos
Onions - 1 small, chopped fine
Curry leaves - 4-5 leaves
Mustard seeds, Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 2- 3 tsp

Method to prepare:

  • Pressure cook the Jack fruit along its jacket. Once its cool, remove the outer skin.
  • In a pan, heat oil. Once its hot splutter the mustard seeds, Urad dal, curry leaves and fry for 2 mins. Then add the onions, saute well till its lightly brown.
  • Then add the cooked jackfruit seeds, along with red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Simmer for 5 - 7 mins till the spices mix well. You can cover with a lid for it to be steamed with the spices.
  • Remove the lid and cook again for 4 -5 mins, for the seeds to become crispy.


Jack fruit Dry Saute, Panasa ginjala vepudu,

The lunch was very tasty, with the spicy dal going so well with the crispy fry. Of course the crispiness goes down after being packed for 3 -4 hours. But since I microwave my lunch it got crispy again.

Sending this to Margot for her Wholesome Lunchbox event!
Its a beautiful event that showcases lunch boxes across the globe! Wholesome Lunchbox event at

Happy Weekend!

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Nandini said...

Wow! A nostalgic recipe! It looks slurpilicious!
Due to personal reasons, I had to shut down the blog. Sorry about that.

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

great recipe...never tried jackfruit seeds like the raw jackfruit curry makes it best ! :)

thanks for sharing the recipe Srivalli.

meeso said...

Nice platter... everything looks yum!

indosungod said...

Srivalli, I bet everyone in the office is drooling looking at your lunchbox. Anyway I am.
Enjoyed jackfruits after more than 15 years this time and boiled seeds as well which are my favorite. This curry looks fantastic.

Divya Vikram said...

ve always been following your lunchbox series. Congrats on the milestone. This looks authentic and delicious!

Rush said...

i hate jackfruit..but ur tiffin box took me to old days :)

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. great recipe.. looks really delicious..

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Thanks for visiting my blog dear! I love jack fruit seeds my mom used to roast it along with lamb. Your version is so interesting and would love to try it soon. Keep in touch dear, will be frequently visiting your blog.


This sounds so simple,but you have lots of patience to sit and slice those seeds! I too like the one we toss in direct flame :)

Pari said...

Nice recipes.

Priya said...

Looks great sri, one of my favourite!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Great, thank you for your entry!
It is first one for the September edition :)
I never tried jackfruit... sounds very interesting.


Sharmilee! :) said...

I too luv jackfruit seeds....nice lunchbox variety!

Divya Kudua said...

50 lunchbox recipes..quite a milestone in itself..:).Jackfruit seeds are something which we are not quite fond fact hubby calls them gas seeds..;).My ma-in-law would love this dish though..:)

chakhlere said...

Wow!! Your lunchbox looks very interesting!!

Jackfruit seeds poriyal looks yummy.

Vidhya said...

first of all congratulations on the 50th Lunch box special recipe. Jack fruit seeds curry is very famous in Kerala and adding spices to it makes it very yummy. Looks really neat valli...

Linda said...

Hi Srivalli,

I can only find jackfruit seeds frozen -- do you think they would work? Your lunch looks so delicious!! :)

Vani said...

Happy 50th!! Lovely lunchbox that, Valli!

karuna said...

wowowo, that is a very wholesome lunch box. Havent had jackfruit in a long time.

Jayashree said...

I like everything about jackfruits except the seeds....somehow I never developed a taste for all the dishes cooked with the seeds in them.

Nirmala said...

Got a plugin installed and am able to comment :) My favorite too...amma makes a curry with par boiled chana dal and jack fruit seeds. I love them as it is. Usually I will gobble them up as a 11 AM treat when at home ;) Lovely lunch box Valli!

AM said...

Hi, I am a lurker. I love ur food blog. I have an 8 month old baby, and I am struggling to come up with ideas as she is a very picky eater. I am looking for some high calorie food as she is underweight. I thought may be u can help me as u have 3 of your own. Thanks in advance.

Mriganayani said...

Hey Srivalli,

I love the lunch box. Wish I can eat in that now.

My mom has this antique lunchbox that she got when she was married - its like a seven story building but beautiful. I tell my mom I wish I can take it to my office everyday! hahah!

The food looks great too - I'm not a big jackfruit fan - can't even remember when I ate it last time in my life - but maybe I should try it sometime!

Veda Murthy said...

i have never liked jackfruit seeds...but ur recipe is making me think to try atleast once!

pigpigscorner said...

Very interesting, I never knew jackfruit seeds could be eaten! Looks and sounds delicious!

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