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Monday, September 7, 2015

Kathal Dum Masala | Raw Jackfruit Masala Gravy

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raw jackfruit gravy
Raw Jackfruit is one vegetable with which I have not experimented much in my kitchen as the cleaning process of jackfruit is quite messy and is a very tedious task. Whenever we go to Bangalore my parents make sure to get fresh ripen Jackfruits and cut them at home.The taste of these freshly cut ripen jackfruit is so sweet and juicy that I don't keep the count of how many pieces I am having.Even after distributing to relatives and friends we still had lots of jackfruit pieces left with us and hence we had experimented quite a few dishes with the ripen jackfruit like halwa,ice cream and a couple of more dishes and they have turned out absolutely delicious.I could not take the photos then but during my next visit I would definitely click the pictures to share it in my space.
raw jackfruit curry
Now coming to the today's recipe , when my parents visited me recently I had asked them to help me in cleaning the raw jackfruit so that I can dish out a couple of recipes with it.This gravy is one among them and the rest I would share some time later.As the curry is cooked in low heat by using Dum process the gravy tastes absolutely delicious.The texture of Jackfruit is slightly meaty and is a treat for all the vegetarains and also the raw jackfruit absorbs the masalas nicely.I had prepared this curry in a similar way like how I prepare the gravy for Biryanis and so this gravy can be used for layering the Kathal Dum Biryani,you can follow my Chole Dum Biryani and use this gravy for layering instead of chole.
raw jackfruit curry

Check out few other exotic gravy recipes in my blog:
kathal dum masala

kathal dum masala
Kathal Dum Masala | Raw Jackfruit Gravy:

Serves 3-4
Prep time: 30 mins | Cooking time: 30 mins | Total time: 1 hr
Cuisine: North Indian | Category: Side dish


500 gms Raw tender Jackfruit
1/2 cup frozen Green Peas
2 Tomatoes
2 Onions
1" Ginger
5-6 Garlic cloves
1 cup thick fresh curd,nicely beaten(keep at room temperature)
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Red chili powder
2 tbsp Coriander leaves,chopped
Salt to taste
3 tbsp Oil

Spices to temper:
2 Green Cardamoms,slightly crushed
1 Green chili,Slit
1/2" Cinnamon
1 Mace flower(Javithri)
3-4 Cloves
1/2 tsp Shajeera/Black Cumin seeds
1 Bayleaf

  • Spread paper on the platform or on the floor.Apply oil to your palms,knife and chopping board and cut jackfruit into two halves.Then cut each half into small portions and remove the green thick skin part and also the center thick stalk.Cut the remaining portion into 1" or 1/2" cubes and immediately immerse those pieces in a bowl of water.You can add 2 tbsp buttermilk to the water as it helps in retaining the color of the jackfruit pieces.
  • Chop one onion finely and roughly chop the other onion for pureeing.
  • Grind ginger,garlic and one onion to a fine paste and remove the mixture and keep it aside.In the same mixer grind the tomatoes to a fine puree and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and crackle shajeera and add all the spices - bayleaf, cinnamon, mace,cardamom, cloves and green chilli and fry them for a minute.
  • Add the finely chopped onion and fry until it turns slightly brown in color.
  • Add the ground puree of ginger-garlic-onion paste and fry it until the raw smell goes away.
  • Now add tomato puree and fry until the oil leaves the edges.
  • Add all the masalas - red chili powder, turmeric powder,coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and salt and fry well for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the raw jackfruit pieces and frozen peas and fry for 3-4 mins and add 1-1.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Once the pressure drops mix the nicely beaten curd into the gravy and boil it on low flame for 3-4 mins by stirring it continuously and cover it with a tight lid(you can even seal the edges of the lid with the soft roti dough) and cook for 8-10 mins on a very low flame.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve it hot with Rotis/Naans/Kulcha/Pulavs/Biryani.
kathal masala

  1. You can use the same gravy for layering for Kathal Dum Biriyani.Follow the same process as my Chole Dum Biryani and use this gravy for layering instead of chole.
  2. If you like it more masaledar add few more masalas according to your palate.
jackfruit gravy

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