Jackfruit sweet balls (Panasa Mulika)


…as you see, thats for want of a better English name for this dish.

Ready to serve Mulika

The jackfruit is the largest tree borne fruit in the world. Its consumed as a fruit directly as well a variety of dishes are made with jackfruits – chips, sweet porridge (payasam), idli and dosa etc. Raw/Tender jackfruits are used in curry and pickle as well. Read more about jackfruit on Wikipedia – among other things, its also the national fruit of Bangladesh !

In konkani, we call it Panas. I am putting up a recipe for ‘mulika’ at the request of one of the viewers today.  By the way, its currently jackfruit season in India and they are availabe in plenty this year.

The Jackfruit

Jackfruit

What you need to have:

- Jackfruit yellow sheaths : 2 cups

- Bombay semolins(Thin) :  1 cup

- Fresh grated coconut : 2 teaspoons

- Jaggery/Mollasses as per taste

- Cashews a few

- Salt a pinch

The yellow sheaths seperated from seeds

Yellow sheaths seperated from seeds

Ingredients of Jack Mulika

Ingredients of Jack Mulika

What you do with what you have:

1. Separate the yellow sheaths from the jackfruit and cut into pieces and keep aside. Also grate coconut and crush Jaggery/Mollasses.

2. Grind Jack pieces, crushed mollasses, grated coconut in the grinder to a smooth consistency without adding water. The ground mix is as shown in the image below.

The ground mixture

3. Mix semolina to the ground mix above adding a pinch of salt and grated cashews and set aside for around 10 minutes.

4. Pinch out small balls from the dough as shown in the image below.

The dough and the pinched out balls

Mulika dough & the pinched out balls

4. Place a wide based bowl on medium flame with either cooking oil or pure ghee in it. On heating fry the pinched out balls to a light brown colour as shown in the image below and will be very yummy.

Ready to serve Mulika

Ready to serve Mulika (Jackfruit sweet balls)

Though the colour is brown it is not crunchy/crispy – in fact it should be soft. It is one of the favorite dishes of many of the konkani community. It has a shelf life of 3-4 days when stored at room temperature. It can be a party dish. Kids love it.

What to remember:

1. We can even prepare it with rice (instead of wheat semolina) but its relatively more laborious and can be too dependent on the quality of the rice and need to add more of fresh grated coconut.

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of Serveings: 75 sweet balls

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6 thoughts on “Jackfruit sweet balls (Panasa Mulika)

  1. Hi tried it with rice flour, was really tasty. Also tried your earlier posts-Fried carrots, Pesaratttu and Puli koddel.All tasted great as usual.

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