Ripe jackruit fritters was something I had never tried . I was pleasantly surprised to see it being posted by my sister in law who lives in the interiors of Mangalore. I lost no time in trying it out and it tastes simply divine. I made a slight change to her recipe by using Besan/ chickpea flour instead of semolina.
12 pieces of Jackfruit ( the firm variety)
2 heaped tsps chilly powder
3 tbsps Besan/ chickpea flour
4 tbsps rice flour
Oil to fry the fritters
Remove the seed from the Jackfruit segment and slice it into long one inch wide strips . Sprinkle salt and chilly powder over them. Marinate them for around ten to fifteen minutes. Tip the Besan and rice flour into a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Dust the marinated segments with this mixture. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the segments on a medium flame till crisp. Serve hot.
The Cucumber and Jackruit seed stir fry is a seasonal delicacy prepared by the GSB / Konkani community of Mangalore. This variety of Cucumber is available during late summer and can be stored uncut for almost four months. A few such vegetables like Pumpkin, Ashgourd and Yam were stored to tide over the monsoon months half a century ago. Today all kinds of fresh vegetables are freely available and with people shifting to apartments, storing them is now almost non existent.
250 gms Cucumber de skinned, cored and chopped into tiny bits
25 seeds of Jackruit peeled and sliced
2 tbsps jaggery powder or syrup
500 ml of water
For the tempering:
2 tbsps Coconut oil
15 garlic cloves crushed gently
3 dry red chillies broken into bits
Tip the chopped cucumber and sliced jackfruit seeds into a pressure cooker. Add salt and two glasses of water. Pressure cook to two whistles. Allow pressure to release naturally. Add the jaggery and bring to a boil. Heat oil in a pan. Add the crushed garlic and roast to a golden brown. Drop in the broken red chilly bits, toss and drop the seasoning into the boiling Tamboor. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes. Switch off and keep aside for about fifteen minutes for the flavours to infuse. Serve it as a mixer over rice.