Jackfruit curry, Thai style

Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit. It is native to South and Southeast Asian countries and grown for its fruit, seeds and wood. The flesh is fibrous and starchy. The unripe fruit has a texture very similar to meat and hence it is considered a vegetarian substitute for meat. It is a rich source of dietary fibre. The unripe fruit is used for several savoury preparations, whereas the ripe ones are used in desserts. Jackfruit has a fair amount of Vitamin A and carotenes which protect from oral cavity cancers. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, B complex vitamins, antioxidants, potassium, manganese, magnesium and iron. Its seeds are protein-rich.

Now, for a simple recipe.

Thai-style Jackfruit and Bell Pepper Curry

Ingredients:

Unripe jackfruit (peeled and sliced into 2-inch cubes): 600 gm

Onions (peeled and sliced into wedges): 80 gm

Red, green and yellow bell peppers (sliced into 2-inch pieces): 120 gm

Roasted cashew nuts: 75 gm

Coconut milk: 300 ml

Salt: To taste

Crushed black pepper: To taste

Sugar: 25 gm

Cooking oil: 75 ml

Lime juice: 20 ml

Kaffir lime leaves (stalk removed and sliced into two): 5

Fresh basil leaves (for garnish): 25 gm

For the curry paste:

Fresh red chilli: 30 gm

Spring onions (roughly sliced): 50 gm

Kaffir lime leaves: 15

Galangal: 30 gm

Garlic (peeled): 6 cloves

Fresh Thai basil leaves: 50 gm

Cooking oil: 30 ml

Soya sauce: 25 ml

Lime juice: 10 ml

Sugar: 20 gm

Method:

Prepare the curry paste by grinding all the ingredients together in a food processor. Boil the jackfruit cubes in salted water till tender. Heat oil in a pan and shallow-fry the boiled jackfruit cubes. Then remove and keep aside. In the same pan, add a little more oil. Add the onion wedges and bell peppers. Stir-fry for a minute. Then add the prepared curry paste, sauté for a while, and then add the coconut milk. Stir gently and continuously till it comes to a boil.

Now, add the shallow-fried jackfruit pieces and simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and sugar followed by lime juice, roasted cashew nuts, basil and lime leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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Taj Coromandel