Monday, March 15, 2010

Idichakka/ Young Jackfruit Thoran

Jack fruits, young and ripe hanging down from the trees, ladies sitting together in the backyard cutting this gigantic fruit in spite of the stains n the buzzing flies and finally making all the yummy things of it, is one great snapshot of our memories of summer in Kerala.

This dish may not be a big deal for those living in the tropical climates who are blessed to eat this amazing fruit annually. But for people like us in Seattle, Asian food stores become the biggest boon providing all these deprived luxuries in a can. So here's a simple thoran made out of the young baby jack fruit which is highly fibrous and a great aid in cleaning the bowel system.

Prep Time:15-20 mins
Young green jack fruit: 1 Can
Garlic pods: 1-2
Ginger (chopped/optional):1 teaspoon
Pearl onions/Shallots (crushed): 3-4
Grated coconut: handful
Curry leaves: a whole sprig
Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon
Rice: 1 teaspoon
Dried red chillies: 4-5
Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil to fry

* If you are using fresh baby jack fruit, cut the inside into small pieces and boil it with some turmeric and salt until its cooked and keep aside. Since we have to restrict ourselves to the canned ones, its already soft sitting in the vinegar/salt water.

Drain out the baby jack fruit pieces from the can. Rinse thoroughly. Roughly smash it with a mortar and pestle until its flaky. Keep aside. Also roughly crush the pearl onions, garlic and the dried red chillies. Heat oil in a deep pan, splutter the mustard seeds, add the rice, curry leaves and chopped ginger. Saute for a min and then add the crushed onion-garlic -red chilli mixture. Sprinkle some salt and saute. When the rawness of the garlic and onions starts to fade away add the crumbled baby jack fruit pieces. Add turmeric powder and keep sauteing. Let it all mix in well. Finally add the grated coconut and keep tossing. The thoran is ready to serve with some hot steaming rice.


  1. This dish looks delicious.I have never cooked or tasted jack fruit before.

  2. Ohhhw...Our fav...Kothyakanund tou...

    Kairali sisters

  3. I made this too just a couple of weeks back. Love it!

  4. ente daivame..ingane kothippikathe ...I too make them with the canned ones..vere rakshayillallo alle..loved the first click :-)

  5. Yummy thoran!!!! lovely clicks too:)

  6. what a Nostalgic recipe :)
    Nice presentation & Awesome click too !!!

  7. my fav and MIL like to make milk curry with young drooling here:)

  8. Delicious and flavorful thoran...looks so good :)

  9. Flavourful & simple...happy ugadi..

  10. Very simple and interesting .Thanks for sharing!

  11. Ente ponne, engane kothipikalle.....thoran super.

  12. Kothiyavunne...Vishakunnu...

  13. Never made anything wid jackfruit so far..looks yumm

  14. Oh my god..Eni eppol ithu kazhikan njan entha cheyya..ente control poyi.Ente favvvvvvvvvvv anu.canned ayitu kittumo nu njan nokatte.

  15. Beautiful picture..and nice recipe

  16. We bongs eat a lot of jack-fruit in summer. we generally make a curry but this one seems so easy and yum am gonna try it soon. betw traied your rice kanji and my baby loved it with ghee and fried fish. I dont have words to thanks you. thanks a million.

  17. oh u get canned ones :) thats gr8..luvly

  18. @A homemakers Diary we are so happy to hear that ur baby loved kanji.. thanks for trying the recipe...

  19. first time got a beautiful blog... Lovely recipe.. Awesome click.. :)

  20. Hello!
    A different one! lovely dish too..

    kind regards,

  21. This recipe is new to me, looks very comforting and delectable.Well taken pictures. My first visit here, you have a wonderful space, shall come by for more.

  22. ente Fav!!! nice click and looks so yummy!!!!!

  23. This dish is my all time favourites...ur version just looks superb...will surely try!!!

  24. Hai!!! dear ,, first time here you got nice space with nice recipes,,good to know both of you frenz started the food blog thats soo sweet both of u,,, am following your blog dear,,,jackfruit thoran looks delicious,,i like it very much my mom use to cook often ,,but here i cant get fresh young jackfruit so m missing this recipe,,,thanks for sharing dear,,,

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