Thursday, June 19, 2008

Jackfruit Stir Fry

Konkani food whether it is Malvani or from South Canara, uses coconut & tropical fruits/veggies in abundance. Jack fruit is called "Phanas" in Marathi. Thech Bhaji can be translated to smashed vegetables. Raw jack fruit is cleaned and then smashed before making this bhaji. I do not have access to any raw jack fruit and even if I ever get it, I won't know how to clean it. so I just got a can of raw jack fruit from our local Indian stores. It came in chunks. Instead of smashing them, I just chopped them finely.

Here's the recipe -

Fansachi Thech Bhaji
Malvani Jack fruit Stir Fry
1 can jack fruit
3/4 cup kala vatana sprouts1 tsp chili powder
salt to taste
1 tsp jaggery
1/4 cup fresh coconut
1/2 tsp black pepper powder, freshly ground

2 tsp oil
2 byadgi chilies, broken into halves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3-4 garlic cloves, peeled & smashed - they should still remain whole

1. Soak the chunks of jackfruit in water for about 2-4 hours.
2. Discard water, rinse the jackfruit chunks. Chop finely.
3. Mix freshly ground black peppercorns with the fresh coconut and keep aside.
4. Pressure cook "Kala Vatana" in the cooker and set aside.
5. Heat oil. Add all the ingredients for tempering.
6. As the garlic cloves start to change color, add cooked kala vatana. Saute for 5 minutes.
7. Add jackfruit pieces. Saute for 5 minutes.
8. Add salt, chili powder, jaggery. Cover and let it cook on a low flame for 10 minutes.
9. Stir in coconut+black pepper powder mixture. Cook for another 7 minutes.
10. Cover and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes -
1. Do not let the garlic burn.
2. This is a dry bhaji so make sure all the liquid evaporates.
3. If you use raw jackfruit, you may need to cook it more.
4. Kala vatana is not black urad nor black beans. It's a special bean which is used extensively in Malvani/Maharashtrian cooking. It is used to make the famous Malvani kalya vatanyachi amti which is served with Malvani vade. It is also used along with some tropical vegetables like kelphool (banana flower) and vaasota - which is also known as kirla in konkani or bamboo shoots in English.


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