A steamed jackfruit dessert

The Kumbil appam made from ripe jack fruit is a special delicacy of Kerala. Traditionally wrapped in the kumbil leaf (edana leaf), it possesses a unique taste. I learnt this recipe from my mother.

What you need

Ripe jack fruit bulbs, finely chopped - 4 cups

Dark jaggery, scraped - 1/2 kg

Grated coconut - 1 cup

Rice flour - 1 cup

Cumin seeds, crushed - 1/2 tsp

Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp

Cooking instructions

Melt jaggery in a cup of water and boil in a broad pan to attain a thick consistency. Add the chopped jack fruit bulbs followed by grated coconut into the syrup. Mix for five-10 minutes for a fine blend. With constant stirring, add the rice flour and crushed cumin seeds. Turn off the flame and knead well to develop a soft batter. After thorough mixing pour the batter into an idli mould. Steam cook for about 10-15 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Jessy George is a teacher who loves gardening and trying out traditional recipes from different cuisines.