Chakkai Varatti (Jackfruit Preserves) May 27, 2007Posted by live2cook in Desserts, Jams and Preserves.
Chakkai varatti is Jackfruit Preserves that I used to enjoy as a kid. In my home town, we have a jackfruit tree in our backyard. Around February, the tree starts bearing fruits and around mid April the fruits start to ripe. Our summer holidays were filled with the smell of jackfruit. Sometimes, four or five fruits would ripe at the same time that, even after sharing with neighbors, we were left with plenty. My mom used to prepare chakkai varatti to use the excess fruits.
I am posting her recipe for Chakkai varatti. I am not able to find fresh jackfruit in the nearby Asian Groceries. So, I am using the canned variety.
What we need:
How to prepare:
Drain the syrup, grind the jackfruit along with the shredded coconut to a paste in a blender. Take the ground paste, mix the powdered jaggery and cardamom powder in a pan. Start cooking the mixed paste in medium flame. Keep stirring frequently. When the jackfruit paste starts leaving the sides of the pan, add ghee and continue cooking. When the paste leaves the pan and forms a ball when stirred, take off the heat and allow it to cool. Store in a sterilized jar and refrigerate. Use as a spread or serve as dessert.