It is the start of the jackfruit season in India. Everywhere, millions of jackfruit trees are in celebration. While the younger trees bring forth just a few, the ancient matriarchs sometimes produce hundreds, covering their trunks and branches and even a few exposed roots with beautiful fruits. The fruits usually ripen in the months of April to July and people just love to eat the succulent yellow to orange to red colored honeyed pulp to their heart’s content. In the beginning of the season, however, the tender jackfruit is harvested to make several scrumptious side dishes as well as mouthwatering pickles. The tender fruits contain lots of dietary fiber and have been considered to be nature’s boon to mankind for longevity and good health. The fruit fibers clean out any sticky gluten from the stomach and the intestines, aiding proper bowel movement, and are reputed to prevent cancer.
Kadgi chakko is a traditional Konkani side dish to rice which is in fact so tasty, that it alone suffices for a person to consume a pile of steaming hot rice with gusto. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!