Monday, April 11, 2011

Chakka Payasam / Jack fruit Payasam




Today I am sharing the recipe of Chakka Payasam / Jackfruit Payasam. My MIL helped me with this recipe and I prepared this for my hubby's birthday couple of days back. You will find lots of  jack fruit trees back in Kerala and there are some jack fruit trees at my hubby's house also, so mostly my MIL prepares "Chakka Puzhukku" by cooking unripe jack fruit. We can also consume ripe Jackfruit without cooking and it can also be used for preparing Chakka Varattiyathu (Jackfruit Jam ) or Chakka Payasam. The seed of the Jack fruit is used for making Aviyal and many other dishes. Mainly two varieties of Jack fruits are found in Kerala, one is Varikka Chakka and other one is Kuzha Chakka. The flesh of ripened Varikka Chakka is slightly hard but Kuzha Chakka is very soft which almost dissolves in our mouth. Mostly Varikka chakka is used for making Jack fruit jam and Payasam. For my hubby's birthday I wanted to prepare this payasam but couldn't find any ripe jack fruit in any of the grocery shops over here and then one of my friends told me that she used canned jack fruit for making this payasam so I bought it from the Indian grocery shop and prepared it.

Serves ~ 2-3 adults

Ingredients

Canned jack fruit ~ 2 tins ( 500 gram each ). There were around 25-30 jack fruit slices.
Powdered jaggery ( Sharkkara) ~ 1 1/2 cups - 2 cups (use it according to your sweet preference)
Thin coconut milk ~ 1 1 /2 cups
Thick coconut milk ~ 1 cup
Cashew nuts ~ 6-7 Nos
Raisins ( Unakka Mundhiri ) ~ 6-7 Nos
Chukku podi ( Dried ginger powder ) ~ 2 pinch
Cardamom powder ( Elakka Podi ) ~ 1/2 tsp
Thin coconut pieces ~ 3 tbsp
Ghee ~ 1 1/2 tbsp

Method
  •  Heat ghee in a pan and fry cashew nuts, raisins and coconut slices till they become light brown in color and keep it aside.
  • Then chop the jack fruit to small pieces and then cook it by adding around 1 1/2 cups of water for about 20-25 minutes or till they become soft.
  • Meanwhile make jaggery syrup by adding 1/4-1/2 cup of water to powdered jaggery and keep it in low flame till the jaggery is fully melted and then strain it using a tea strainer. This will help in removing any impurities present in jaggery.
  • When the jack fruit is cooked, slightly mash it using a wooden spoon and then add the jaggery syrup and keep it in a medium low till it thickens and do stir in between. When almost all water is evaporated, add thin coconut milk and allow it to boil and when it reaches your desired consistency, add thick coconut milk and mix it nicely and remove from the flame after 5 minutes. Finally add dried ginger powder, cardamom powder, fried cashew nuts, raisins , coconut pieces and a small pinch of salt.  


Cheers!!

Jisha

26 comments:

Swathi said...

Chakka payasam adipoli. Kandttu kothivarunnu.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Shoooo....super...kothiyavunnu....

Smitha said...

very interesting and new to me!...looks lovely and I am sure to love it!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious jack fruit looks wonderful haven't had like this

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

so delicious and yummy !!

aipi said...

What a delicious recipe- never had this before- looks totally droolworthy!

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Payasam looks so yummy and tasty. Great recipe.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Ambika said...

Wow!!! I love chakka payasam! I have tried eating the jackfruit from a can, but found that it was very fibrous. So I stopped buying it, but you've tempted me so much with this recipe! Are canned jackfruits good in this recipe, did you do anything to remove that?

Nandini said...

Mmm..I'd love to gobble it! Looks yummy!

SouthindianHome said...

Chakka payasam looks super delicious.havent tasted this before. Have to try

Rekha shoban said...

my fav payasam!!!looks delicious n tempting!!nice presentation n click!

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow...i never had jackfruit payasam before...loved it very much...will surely try out this recipe sometimes !

Priya said...

Omg, wat an irresistible payasam,truly looks divine..

Santosh Bangar said...

super paysam new to me .try it soon

Prathima Rao said...

Looks too delicious!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Jaisy James said...

ayyo ithu kandittu kothi akunnu superbb click

Suja Sugathan said...

Rich and creamy..kothiyayittu vayya..

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samu said...

it look yummy and delicious!!!!!!

samu said...

It looks yummy and delicious!!!!!!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Yummy .. love it..

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divya said...

Wow it looks sooo tempting .. feel like having it right now :)

Dolly said...

Delicious and mouth watering Chakka Payasam.LOved ur Clicks as well...

Neo said...

Being a bengali i love sweets. looks like south india is also famous of sweets and this payasam which we call as payas is yummy

DV said...

Delectable dessert with coconut milk :) I could finish an entire bowl at once!!! It's been very long since I had chakkai and I badly want to have some!

-Divya
TastyVegCooking

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