Kadgi Chakko
A delicious, traditional Konkani, hot and savory tender jackfruit side dish.
Servings Prep Time
10servings 1hour
Cook Time
45minutes
Servings Prep Time
10servings 1hour
Cook Time
45minutes
Ingredients
  • 750gm tender jackfruit chunksdevoid of skin and core (for cutting instructions, see note 1)
  • 150gm grated coconut
  • 1gm turmeric powder
  • 7gm dry hot red chilies
  • 10gm coriander seeds
  • 5gm split black gram lentils(urad dal)
  • 10gm tamarind
  • 3gm mustard seeds
  • 2gm fenugreek seeds
  • 2sprigs curry leaves
  • 30ml coconut oil
  • 15gm salt
Instructions
To prepare:
  1. Put the tender jackfruit chunks into a curry vessel and tip in the turmeric powder.
  2. Pour in enough water to cover the chunks fully and set the vessel on high heat.
  3. Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat and cover partially with a lid.
  4. Let the chunks cook slowly for 20 minutes. Take care to stir occasionally so that the chunks may cook uniformly.
  5. At the end of 20 minutes, stick a knife into a chunk to see if it is done. If the chunks are still hard (a few varieties of jackfruit require more cook time), continue to boil for 5 more minutes (or until soft).
  6. Switch off the heat and drain off the hot water. Crush the chunks thoroughly using a mortar and pestle and set aside.
  7. Set a skillet or small pan on low heat. Pour in 10 ml (one-third) of the coconut oil. Tip in the split black gram lentils (urud dal) and the coriander seeds.
  8. Break each red chili into two or three pieces and tip them in. Stir till the lentils turns a light brown in color.
  9. Put the grated coconut together with the contents of the skillet into your food processor. Tip in the tamarind and the salt. Do not add any water.
  10. Grind for 2 minutes, pausing occasionally to stir the mixture.
To cook:
  1. Set a thick cast-iron wok or a non-stick wok (see note 2) on high heat.
  2. Pour in the remaining coconut oil (20 ml / two-thirds) and throw in the mustard seeds.
  3. As soon as the mustard seeds are about to finish crackling, tip in the fenugreek seeds. Pull the curry leaves off their sprigs and throw them in.
  4. Tip in the crushed jackfruit and stir thoroughly. Add the ground paste and mix well.
  5. Now lower the heat and cover with a lid. Stir occasionally.
  6. After 5 minutes, remove the lid and let the excess water evaporate over a period of 30 minutes, while the chakko roasts slowly.
  7. Switch off the heat. Serve kadgi chakko hot with rice. Bon app├ętit!
Recipe Notes
  1. Tender jackfruit, which is around 20 cm (8-inches) to 25 cm (10-inches) in size is ideal for making kadgi chakko. On plucking, it is best to leave the fruit horizontally on the ground for the excess gum to drip off. A few sheets of old newspaper or a piece of cardboard to place over the cutting board, a few more bits of newspaper to crumple and use for wiping the gum, and a couple of sheets to roll up the waste for disposal are required. A sharp knife greased with oil together with a small bowl of cooking oil to grease your hands, and you are ready for the cutting.

    After greasing your hands, cut the jackfruit breadthwise across the center into halves. Use the crumpled paper bits to wipe off the gum. Cut each half lengthwise successively into halves, quarters and one-eighth sections. After wiping off the gum, slice off the skin, remove the whitish core (the pith is too full of fiber) carefully with your knife. Discard the skin and the core. Chop the jackfruit pieces roughly to chunks and drop them into a vessel half full of water.

    How to cut tender jackfruit

  2. It is best to use a thick cast-iron wok in the traditional Konkani way as it enhances the taste and ensures the presence of soluble iron in your diet for your body to assimilate easily. If unavailable, just use a non-stick wok.