Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Halasinakai (Raw Jackfruit) Palya

This is a South Karnataka specialty. Raw jackfruit being seasonal and rare to find in market makes this a special dish. This being jackfruit season, there are many vegetable shops selling raw jackfruits in the market.We get a couple of raw jack fruits once or twice a year and make a few rare dishes with it. I agree it is cumbersome to peel and chop it... but I bet it is worth the effort. It has a unique flavor and taste, different from other veggies.
Halasinakai Palya

Preparation time : 15 min
Cooking time : 20 min
Serves : 4-5

Raw jackfruit - 1 small sized
Coconut - ½ cup, grated
Green chilies - 5-6, depending on taste
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Coriander leaves - 1 Tbsp, chopped
Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Chana dal - 2 tsp
Urad dal - 2 tsp
Asafetida - a pinch, powdered
Turmeric - a pinch
Tamarind - a small marble sized ball
Salt - ½ Tsp or as per taste

Chopped raw jackfruit

• Roughly peel the outer skin of raw jackfruit and chop into pieces
• In a pressure cooker, cook it till soft, with a little water. It takes about 3-4 whistles and let the pressure come down
• Meanwhile, coarsely grind coconut, green chilies, coriander and asafetida without adding any water
• In a thick bottomed pan, heat oil, add mustard, allow to splutter
• Turn the heat low, add channa dal and urad dal and stir
• Add curry leaves and turmeric and stir for half a minute till all the ingredients are properly roasted.
• Drain the cooked raw jackfruit and add it to the pan. Add tamarind pulp, salt and the ground mixture and mix well
• Sauté well for about 5 minutes till the raw smell is gone
• Serve it with rice or as a side dish for chapathis/rotis

Tips n Tricks:
• When cutting the jackfruit, smear your hands and the knife with oil liberally. This avoids the knife getting stuck in the sticky jackfruit


  1. My mom used to make it the same way, i really miss this one...it looks so delicious..

  2. Fantastic Suma!! I would love to try this out!!

  3. love this fruit in any form..its been a while I had this heavenly delicious fruit..your way of making this dish sounds new to me..but looks wonderful and delicious..yummy!

  4. we use garlic, ginger, green chillies & coconut -coarse grind .
    We will try with asphoteda next time1

  5. Dear Suma
    Tried this recipe , turned out to be a delicious one .


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