Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bookmarked Recipes: Idichakka Upperi-Tender Jackfruit Stir Fry

Idichakka, the term for tender jackfruits. Idichakka Upperi [ as we call it in our nook] or Thoran is a very traditional and simple method of cooking tender jackfruits; variations abound with the addition of cummin, coriander powder, crushed/sliced garlic, ginger in some, ground paste of coconut, cummin, curry leaves, a variety of lentils in the tempering stage.

Tender young jackfruits in the Indian Grocery store prompted this  early summer favourite. This recipe Idichakka Podithooval is taken from Rojas Recipes .

Half of a small tender jack fruit/ 3 cups of cleaned, green spiky rind removed, chopped jackfruit
1/4 Cup grated coconut
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp red chilli powder [ optional]
For Tempering
2-3 tbps of coconut oil
2 red chillies for tempering
1 stem of curry leaves
1/4 tsp of mustard seeds
1/4 tsp urad dal seeds
4 small red onions/ shallots, sliced 
The original uses  a ground paste; I have used grated coconut  in the 'garnish' method.
Cook the jackfruit pieces with salt and turmeric until tender
Shred the jackfruit into a coarse mix [ one can also use a food processor- just pulse for a couple of seconds, no more]
Heat  coconut oil,
Temper mustard seeds, urad dal seeds, red chillies, curry leaves and add the sliced shallots
Add red chilli powder at this stage
Add the shredded jackfurit and mix well
Cook  in the stir fry method for 4 minutes
Check for seasoning
Add the grated coconut and cook for a few more minutes, serve.

This recipe goes to Priya's Bookmarked Recipes: Every Tuesday event.


  1. Love idichakka. Looks yummy.
    What recipes are you planning for Onam?

  2. Woww fabulous looking upperi...

  3. Thankyou!
    thank you Chitra, it must be really exciting at this time in Kerala with the Onam holidays...
    Since Uthradam is on Sunday planning to make the traditional dishes: Kaalan, Olan, Avial, Erisseri and Sambhar with a payasam.

  4. I have never tried jackfruit but have seen it in Indian dishes online and actually on vegan sites as a replacement for pulled pork! This looks like a great introduction to it :).

  5. Oh! Your upperi looks so different! :D
    And, are you sure the link you gave is correct? It does not go to Idichakka Podithooval! The correct link: http://rojasrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/02/idichakka-podithooval.html

  6. Thank you Xialou; there are several North Indian dishes that are really 'meaty' in flavour.
    Sri thanks! :-) Took the photos in a rush and since I used the coconut as a garnish, the colours did not look the same. I did that link through the 'Idichakka' link on your sidebar. Have put the new one.

  7. this so looks lovely! never tried it before-bookmarked!

  8. My favourite... lokks lovely!.


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