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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Palakkai Pirattal (Baby Jack Fruit Masala)

This is yet another chettinad delicacy made out of baby jack fruit which will go very well with curd rice, Rasam Rice, Chappathi or Paratha.This is also a common item in a grand chettinad vegetarian lunch.

Baby jack fruit (cut as shown in the picture)
Big onion-1

To Grind
Coconut grated-3 table spoons
Red chilli-5
Pottukadalai-1 table spoon
Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon

To season
Cinamon-2 small pieces
Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon

Peel off the skin from the baby jack fruit and cut as shown. Cut the potato also in the same size. Chop the onion and tomatoes also. In a small cooker or pressure pan cook the cut jack fruit and potatoes for 1 whistle in high flame. This will get cooked fast and will get smashed if over cooked. So if you are not sure when to switch off then cook it in microwave or in a kadai in such a way that the pieces are just correctly cooked. Grind the items given in ‘To grind’ to a smooth paste.
Now keep the kadai in the stove.In two tablespoons of oil season the curry with the items given in’ To season’. Add the onions and tomatoes and sauté nicely till oil separates. Now add the grinded masal and salt needed also and sauté till it gets cooked well and oil separates in medium fire. Add ¼ cup of water to this and put the cooked baby jack fruit and potato pieces. Mix everything nicely in such a way that you don’t smash the pieces and cook in medium fire for 5 to 7 minutes till oil separates.


Cham said...

I would like to taste the curry probably when i visit India, I will make this curry. Very different one!

Raji said...

Hi Aachi,

Superb recipe, is it ok if I use poppy seeds instead of coconut?
Do reply. Thank you.


Solai Chidambaram said...

Raji ,To have good masal coating on the pieces only we are using cocunut.So to have enough masal I feel you need cocunut.Poppy seed can substitute pottukadalai or cashews and not cocunut.As far as fat content is concerned poppy seeds is more fatty than cocunut I guess

Solai Chidambaram said...

Yes Cham.Neyveli is just 1 1/2 hours drive from Pondichery.So you should surely make a trip to neyveli.I will give you a treat with all the chettinad delicacies possible dear

lubnakarim06 said...

Never tried jack fruit in any recipe. Looks yummy.

Raji said...

Thanks a lot aachi, I never knew that poppy seed has more fat content than coconut. Maybe I will start using a little of coconut. Thanks again...

ramya said...

Hi Aachi, tried lots of your recipes...delicious.
will try this when i can get hold of palakkai.
can you please post the recipe for chettinad biryani. thanks.Ramya

randomshinichi said...

Hey, I'm just learning some recipes, and I have to say I really like your blog. It also helps that I miss Asian food a lot!

Cham said...

Happy New Year to u and ur family, Aunty !

Anitha Jayaraj said...

Hello achi,

Wishing you and your family a very happy new year.

I am so facinated by your blog that i am trying out your recipies one by one daily. I prepared your chicken rasam when my husband had cold and of course it vanished the next day and the dish too came out so well. yesterday I tried chumma kozhambu and my god so tasty it was. thank you so much for sharing the recipies.


Minti said...

Baby jack fruit sounds intriguing. I'll try to have my Mom make it as its not available where I live.

May I add a suggestion to the list of items you are making? The next time you fry up some snacks that can be stored for few weeks(like murukku), will you post recipes for them? My friends and I would very much like to try snacks made at home.

Raji said...


Jen Kumar said...

Hi Solai, I have left a few comments on your other posts. I wanted to send you a separate email but couldn't find your e-mail ID. A big romba nandri to you for keeping this regional cooking blog in English, especially for people like me who love to learn Tamil cooking and are not Tamil. I saw your profile, and like to say I also like the film mouna ragam. Songs are very nice. Enjoy and Happy Pongal!

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thankyou Jenniffer.This blog as I have said in my first blog is meant mainly for the young ones newly married and out of the country like my daughter.I am happy that it is serving the purpose.This month I am busy with my daughter who has come to India now.In february I will again come up with useful blogs

Dershana said...

Hi Akka, just chanced upon your blog. So glad to find so many of those yummy dishes my paatti used to make.

Happy pongal

Kayal said...

A big HI to your lucky Daughter!!!

Cham said...

I came to enquire about ur absence again and saw ur reply to Jenny. Have a wonderful time with ur daugh :) Take a rest and come back in Feb!

Linda said...

Dear Solai,

I wanted to thank you for your wonderful recipes! I have photographed several that I cooked myself, only last night, and linked them all to you. Of course I have given you full credit for your recipes and asked anyone reading to visit your site to get the details.

Sending best regards from Massachusetts, and many thanks for sharing your cuisine,

Linda of Out Of The Garden

Finla said...

Just came to ko about this plac from linda, you have such yummy yummy recipes.

Sujatha said...

Hello aachi,

I am new to this blog, came from Linda's. You have very authentic recipes. I am used to calling my mom back home whenever I need reference to chumma kulambu or palakai kootu etc.., now I found a great place for all. Reminds me of the days I used to cook with my aaya and appatha. Thanks. I will be regular visitor to your blog.

Nithya Praveen said...

Hello..am new to ur blog.Got to ur blog thru Cham's Masala Cheeyam....truly u have an amazing blog.I hvnt tried my hand in Chettinad cooking...will surely learn from ur blog.Being a veggie,guess my options are limited,however i still felt i can make alot of them from ur blog.Thanks for the wonderful recipe pn palakai:).

FH said...

Solai, don't know how I missed your post although I know I have been AWOL from blogging for 5 mnts.

Palakkai Pitattal looks wonderful, I made one too. I will go thru' all your dishes now! :D

Dibs said...

Hello Solai akka. I found your blog while browsing ideas for the RCI Chettinadu event! My hubby is a pure non-veggy, although I am a vegetarian. I am bookmarking your blog, to try out many of your recipes!Thanks for sharing both veg & non veg!

gtyuk said...

lovely recipe, beautiful site. We used to eat sutta palaa kottais when we ( my sis and I) were small kids

your recipes seems original, authentic and kindling my childhood memories!

Revathi said...

aachi naan unga kadalai curry pannein. Romba nalla vandudu. thank u very much.

kozhi rasam podareengala ?

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thankyou Revathy.Kozhy Rasam is already written.Check the chettinad non veg.

Raji said...

Hi Aachi,

Waiting for long pls do put recipe, hope u had a great time with ur daughter. Reminds me of my trip to India last year. Take Care.


Manju said...

hello aachi
how r u? hope u had a gud time with ur daughter.
I am trying many recipes from ur site.thanks a lot for all the effort in bringing together the best of chettinad cuisine.

waiting for ur new posts

Malar Gandhi said...

I ud definetely try this recipe, during my next visit to India.

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Skl said...

Hello aunty,
We got this vegetable,hard to find here,not sure if it's seasonal,this recipe turned out great,nice to eat something really different,the blend of spices went very well for this veggie,had with curd rice,thank you,skl

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