Sunday, May 3, 2015

Chakka Varatti | How to make Jackfruit Halwa

We are starting the BM# 52 with first week featuring Seasonal Produce. This theme can feature one seasonal produce in different forms or different vegetables/fruits. I opted to make dishes with Jackfruit.

Jack fruit is one of my favorite fruits and I love it in all forms. Growing up, we used to get this fruit every summer and enjoyed out time, cutting open the huge fruit and sharing it with our friends and neighbours. We used to use the seeds of the jackfruit as well. I used to make chips and roast and used the seeds in gravies as well.

More on that later, sharing the backyard tree grown in my friends house.

Jackfruit special dishes are more in Kerala and one of the special dish is the Chakkavaratty. This is more of a preserve that's store across the whole year. When I wanted to make this for ICC, ended up making Plantain Halwa. More than a preserve, I made this as halwa that was consumed right away.


Chakka Varatti

Ingredients Needed:

Jackfruit pulp - 1 cup
Jaggary - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Cardamon a pinch

How to make the Chakka Varatti

Peel and wash the jackfruit. In a pressure cooker, take the fruit and add little water. Pressure cook till tender. Allow to cool and pulse to a paste.

In a non stick pan, bring the paste to boil, add grated jaggary and cook while you keep stirring non stop.

When the paste comes to a thick consistency, add the ghee and stir to combine well.

Finally add the cardamom and switch off.


I actually pressure cooked and stored for over 10 days. And the whole halwa took up 10 mins of cooking time.

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Chef Mireille said...

lovely luxurious texture

Priya Suresh said...

Hard to resist to this beautiful halwa, i miss jackfruits here.

Varadas Kitchen said...

Very interesting. I can imagine the taste, must be so flavorful.

vaishali sabnani said...

Halwa looks interesting.. A new one for me.

sushma said...

Wow such a delicious dish. Never heard about it. Bookmarked.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

My husband is from Coimbatore and they had a huge jackfruit tree in the backyard. He grew up eating chakka varati and simply loves it. I am though not a big fan of chakka varati, but love love love Jackfruit as is :)

Suma Gandlur said...

That is one lovely dessert.

Pavani N said...

I've never cooked with ripe jackfruit till now and this halwa looks very tempting and I want to try it some time soon.

Priya Srinivasan said...

Don't remember tasting this, but have eaten jackfruit to heart content. Appa loves jackfruit, so we get it lots in the season!! Halwa look super delicious !!!!

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