How long it takes: 1 hour
This post was long over due on this blog and did not happen due to the non-availability of the particular variety of jackfruit. We have enjoyed this snack in our childhood days at my granny’s house as she pampered all her grandchildren making things all alone in that old kitchen with no modern amenities etc. and feeding us all. I thought of putting up this crispy today to add to the list of chips which I have already put up on this blog namely Banana chips and Sweet potato chips. This snack is very rarely prepared at home as it is a little laborious to chop the raw sheyaths of the rawjack – so prepare to work hard at this ! I took around 45 minutes to chop and barely 15 mins to fry and spice it up. In Konkani we call it Gharen Karo or Pansa balka ( in North Canara ).
What you need to have:
1. Chopped Raw jack pods – 3-4 Cups
2. Salt – around 2-3 Teaspoons
3. Water – Around 1/3 cup (to dissolve salt)
4. Cooking oil – 2 Cups
What you do with what you have:
1. Cut raw jackfruit and separate the pods and de-seed and chop it uniformly lengthwise and keep it aside.
2. Place a broad based skillet with 2 cups of cooking oil in it on medium flame. When heated just add a handful of the chopped sheyath from step 1 into the heated oil (take care as you drop things into boiling oil)
3. When done it will turn crispy and a little light brownish yellow. The hissing sound should also have stopped.
(If you are preparing Spicy/Masala version, skip step 4 and read below.)
4. Assuming you are not making the spicy/masala version, add salt water to it and just transfer it to a paper towel.
Salt water added on being fried
Salted Raw Jack chips
Jack Chip (Spicy/Masala Version)
Ingredients of Masala powder:
1. Salt -1/2 Teaspoon
2. Chilly powder – 2/3 Teaspoon
3. Turmeric powder – 1/2 Teaspoon
4. Black salt powder – 1/2 Teaspoon
5. Pepper powder – 1/3 Teaspoon
Ingredients of masala powder
5. When chips is fried transfer it to a colander and add the masala powder. As usual adjust masala powder based on taste. Really yum and something unique. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee or tea.
Good to remember:
1. This particular chips need a special type of Jack as mentioned in the introduction. An unsuitable version will turn out soggy rather than crispy.
2. Normally people prepare only salted flavor of the chips. I just gave a thought to make it a little spicy to have a different version of the same.