Jackfruit sweet balls (Panasa Mulika)

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…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


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

12 thoughts on “Jackfruit sweet balls (Panasa Mulika)

    Madhavi said:
    June 25, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Hi Pratibha,

    I tried ur dhokla recipe and it came out great :))

    prathibalrao responded:
    July 5, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Hi Madhavi,

    Thanks for your comments.

    Anjali said:
    August 3, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    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.

    prathibalrao responded:
    August 3, 2008 at 4:48 pm


    U try many of recipes. Thanx

    Laavanya Ballal. said:
    July 13, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I unearthed yet another ‘gem’ from your ‘khaana khazaana’. I also know, there are many more to dig out for me.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Lavanya,

      I put it long back and the pictures may not be that great i feel.

    anaswara said:
    June 23, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Raw jackfruit is also good diabetes I got fresh jack fruit products raw jackfruit,jackfruit powder form natureloc. I used this for my mother. She likes very much. Those are also good. http://www.natureloc.com/collections/jackfruit-products this will help you, if any didnt get jakcfruit from your place you can order online fresh products will reach your home

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 25, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Anaswara,

      Thanks a lot for your comments.

    Indian Sweet Jackfruit Dessert Recipe [Paleo, AIP] said:
    September 4, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    […] looking for ripe sweet jackfruit recipes and I came up with this one, which is based on this Panasa Mulika recipe. I’ve also seen this recipe called by a few other names like Kathaler Mishti Pakora and sweet […]

    Peter said:
    August 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    How much is your 1 cup? Is it 150ml or 250ml?

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 6, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Peter,
      1 cup= 8 Oz

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      1 cup= 250 ml

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