Jackfruit Pudding (Chakka Varathiyathu Payasam)

Here is a recipe from god's own country.. Kerala in India. This is a classic Kerala dish marrying some of the best elements that grow in abundance there. That's probably what makes this recipe unique to Kerala. A perfect dish to celebrate Onam and all the best elements of Kerala.. apart from the mangoes and a lot of the spices actually.. Well, come to think of it, this recipe is quick and simple and doesn't really have a load of ingredients. Take jackfruit, jaggery and coconut and there you have it.. the main ingredients of the recipe. 


Make the jackfruit concentrate and store it, you can use it as a jam and whenever you fancy a quick pudding, you could quickly whip up this awesome dish. I haven't published the detailed recipe for jackfruit concentrate as we haven't made the concentrate ourselves.. We got the best concentrate possible home made by my grandmom all the way from Kerala with loads of love... that's what got us cooking this yummilicious dish!!

Ingredients:
1 cup Jackfruit concentrate (or) jam
2 cups thick coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon dry ginger powder
2 tablespoons Clarified butter or ghee
1 tablespoon toasted dry coconut chunks
1/2 cup Jaggery
10 Cashew nuts
15 Raisins

Method:

  1. Toast the nuts: Heat a pan, add one tablespoon of ghee. Add the dry coconut chunks first, then the cashew nuts. Once these start turning golden brown, add in the raisins and switch off the flame. The raisins will puff up. Now, remove the toasted nuts and raisins and keep these aside.
  2. Dissolve the Jaggery: In the same pan, add in the remaining ghee and switch on the flame to medium or low heat. Add the coconut milk and jaggery to the pan and stir till the jaggery dissolves in the coconut milk. 
  3. Make the Payasam: To the coconut milk mixture, add the jackfruit concentrate, cumin powder, cardamom powder and dry ginger powder. Stir well to combine the ingredients and ensure there are no lumps. 
  4. Serve the Payasam hot or cold and garnish with the toasted dry fruits and coconut chunks.

Notes:
  1. The jack fruit concentrate is made by cooking chopped jackfruit with water and jaggery. There are different recipes to making this concentrate. 
  2. Make the jackfruit concentrate in advance and you can enjoy this recipe in a few minutes.
  3. You don't have to always use fresh Coconut milk.  We used tinned coconut milk as its just easier. Another way to make coconut milk is also to use coconut milk powder. 
  4. If you are using tinned coconut milk and you are confused on whether to go for thick or thin coconut milk, just use the thick coconut milk and then dilute it with water as required. 




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