6/21/12

JACK FRUIT CURRY(PALAA MOOSU)

Jaca(portugese)derived from Malayalam word Chakka is nothing but our... i mean my favorite Jackfruit.I think just like banana tree(fruit,flower,raw banana,stem) every part  from jack fruit tree is useful .Fruit is sweet and so tasty and can do jam, payasam etc using the fruit.and Raw jack fruit can be used to make curry and kootu.Seed of the fruit too is soooo very tasty.It can be cooked/steamed and eaten .We can also make curry, Sambar or even kara kuzhambu.
And not to forget the wood....  south Indian musical instruments... guess what??..... VEENAI,MIRUDHANGAM are made using this wood.
Ok.. lets come the recipe...
INGREDIENTS:(approximate measurement)
Raw jack fruit- 1 small/medium size
Onion- 1 big(finely chopped)
Oil-1 tbs
Mustard- 1tsp
Urad dhal- 1 tsp
Chann dhal- 1tsp
Chilli powder- 1tbs(or 5-6 red chilli)
Salt- to taste
Curry leaf- few
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Coconut grating-1 tbs(optional)
METHOD:
1)Peel the skin ( it might be difficult to cut the skin)
2)Cut into big pieces and steam cook/pressure cook.(some time my amma used to cut to small chunks instead of mincing)
3) Mince the cooked raw jack fruit (we used to use ammi-oblong grinding stone and roller.) using pounding stone. 
4)Heat oil in a pan and add mustard .when it splutters add, channa dhal,urad and curry leaf.
5)Add chopped onion and  salt , turmeric ,chilli powder or red chilli and saute till onion turns pink.
6)Add the minced jack fruit (or chopped one) and cover the pan and cook for couple of minutes.


Serve with rice.

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