Kadge Chakko (Raw Jackfruit Curry)

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Now is the season of the Jack Fruit ( Panas in Konkani and Halasina hannu in Kannada )  and get the raw Jackfruit by April/May. We prepare a number of dishes and also we shallow fry it which tastes really great.  Today I would like to put up the popular dish Kadge Chakko. People prepare it in two different ways  – either a) cut it into bite size pieces, cook it and just crush it in the masala and season it.  Or b) it can also be chopped fine and season it in the masala.  I prefer the second method since one gets to eat the small pieces with the masala. This dish is a good combo with Konkani dal.  Here it is.

Raw Jack

Jack  being halved

Skin of the jack being scraped

What you need to have:

1. Chopped Jack fine – 3 cups

Jack chopped fine

Ingredients of Wet Masala:

1. Fresh grated coconut – 1 cup

2. Red chilly (Byadgi) -3-4

3. Blimbi – 4

4. Coriander seeds – 4 teaspoons

5. Blackgram Dal – 1 teaspoon

6. Asafoetida (soft) – Size of a peanut

7. Jaggery – As per taste

8. Salt – To taste

9. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Ingredients of Wet Masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Cut Jack into half as shown in image 2. Wipe of the sticky white fluid with a chopped lemon ring. Scrape the skin of it as shown in image 3.

2. Chop it  to a fine consistency  as shown image-4.

3. Cook it in the cooker as usual for about 30 minutes till soft adding a very litle water and salt.

4. Place a spatula with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on the flame.  When heated fry asfoetida in it till crisp.  Keep it aside and in the same oil fry Blackgram dal and coriander seeds in it.  Keep it aside and fry red chillis adding a little more oil in it. Add all the fried ingredients to the wet masala. Grind the ingredients in the mixer adding water in steps to a medium fine consistency. Ground wet masala is as shown in the image below.

Ground Wet Masala

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 2 Teaspoons

2. Blackgram Dal – 1 Teaspoon

3. Red chilli – 1

4. Curry leaves – 2 strands

Ingredients of Seasoning

5. Place a skillet with 4-5 teaspoons of cooking oil in it. When heated, add mustard seeds to it. When it starts sputtering add blackgram dal to it. When fried add broken red chillis and curry leaves to it.

Seasoning of the dish in progress

6. When done add ground masala from step 4 to it and let it cook in the seasoning till it thickens.

Ground Wet Masala being cooked

7. Now add cooked raw jack from step-3 to it and let it be on the low flame till it absorbs all the masala.

Kadge Chakko being cooked

Ready to serve Kadge Chakko is as shown in the image below. Serve with rice and konkani dalithoy.

Ready to serve Kadge Chakko

How long it takes: 1  hour

Number of servings: 5-6

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18 thoughts on “Kadge Chakko (Raw Jackfruit Curry)

    Madhu said:
    February 22, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Looks delicious.. never had anyting cooked with jackfruit.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Madhu,

      This is raw jack which is very tender and just right to prepare curry. Not jackfruit.

    Madhuri said:
    February 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I miss this so badly. We do get some frozen but doesn’t taste as good one with whole. Your curry looks very delicious.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

      Hi Madhuri,

      If you get frozen , you can just cook it in cooker and smash it a little on cooling adding the same masala do the rest of the proceedure. It also tastes great.

    gowri said:
    February 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Looking at the kadgi I am drooling.One of my fav. In california we get lots of Jackfruits… better than India.. I must say. But no kadgi. Thanks for sharing.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Gowri,

      I know this dish is the favorite of the G.S.Bs.

    Asha said:
    February 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    OH YUM! I miss JF so much, specially raw ones. Nice masala, I only get canned ones, must try this. Looks great.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Asha,

      You can try ithis dish with the canned ones as well.

    jayasree said:
    February 23, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Liked the masala… I always chop JF into 1 inch pieces. Chopping fine is new to me. Will try ur method too.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

      Hi Jayasree,

      Your method of cutting it into 1′ pieces , cooking and just smash it with your hands then follow the same procedure will also be good enough.

    Raaga said:
    February 23, 2010 at 11:53 am

    my cousin made this last week when I viisted Bangalore!

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Raaga,

      This is the simplest recipe of Jack curry.

    Anjali said:
    February 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I love this dish, but you know its difficult to get this raw in bangalore. So whenever i go to my native, i ask my mom to prepare it.
    Nice presentation.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Anjali,

      Thanx a lot for your comments.

    vanitha said:
    March 28, 2010 at 12:38 am

    what is bilimbi? I have never seen in normal shops/malls in bangalore.is it substitute of tamarind? where can I get bilimbi??

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 28, 2010 at 7:36 am

      Hi Vanitha,

      Of course Bilimbi is a substtitute to Tamarind for sure. It is a fresh tangy fruit grown in most of the houses in Down south. It could be available in some houses in Bangalore as well. O f course not available in the super markets or malls. It gives a unique taste and colour to the dish. This is for ur information. You can check the recipe of Brinjal Masala on this blog dated 29/11/2008 where in i have put up the pictorial of the tree.

        vanitha said:
        March 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

        thanks a lot for info ma’am

    vanitha said:
    March 28, 2010 at 12:39 am

    what is blimbi? I have never seen in normal shops/malls in bangalore.is it substitute of tamarind? where can I get blimbi??

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