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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chakka varuthathu (Jackfruit chips) - step by step pictorial

What you need:
1 medium sized raw jackfruit
Oil - enough for deep frying
Salt - 12 heaped tsp

WARNING :
If you think the ingredient list is small and that making this is a breeze, think again. This is TIME CONSUMING!!! Attempt this only when you have lots of time on hand.
The only part I have played in the making of these chips is in clicking the photos and of course, relishing the end product. The rest of it was taken care of by my mother.
If you're still here after that warning, here's what you need to do:

Extract the edible segments from the jackfruit. Check out this article to see how to cut a jack fruit and separate its segments.
Remove the seeds and the white strips that you find on the segments.
Now cut each segment into strips of medium thickness.

Heat oil in a large, heavy bottomed pan. The larger the pan, the faster you will finish your work. The pan that you see in the pic is a copper bottom uruli which can comfortably hold several litres of oil. For authentic taste, use coconut oil. If you can't stand it or don't have access to it or just plain refuse to use it, substitute with refined oil. When the oil is hot, reduce the flame and drop in handfuls of the jack fruit strips. Stir to make sure they don't stick together.

While this is getting cooked, take 12 tsp of salt in a small vessel. Add just enough water to cover the salt. Do not stir. Keep it aside.

Stir the chips once or twice to ensure even cooking.

When the strips are three-fourths cooked, completely reduce the flame and pour in some of the salted water (roughly 1/4 cups of salted water). It will bubble up at this point....so be careful.

Let it cook for some more time until well browned and crisp. Drain on to a colander to remove excess oil.

Once it cools completely, store it in an air tight container.

22 comments:

Priya said...

Omg, jackfruit chips looks yum!!!feel like having some..

Aruna Manikandan said...

I love these chips...
Thx. for sharing :-)

AswathiBabu said...

hai
tempting to have that...Please have a look at my post on Jack fruit
http://aswathikasimadom.blogspot.com/2008/05/chakka-jack-fruit.html

lata raja said...

You said it! Time consuming. Yet very relishable!

jayasree said...

Mouthwatering clicks... Lucky, you could eat home made chips. As you said,I don't attempt this for the time taken and the chances of ending up with crisp chips is very less in my case.

Asha said...

I had a pack of JF chips, loved it. Homemade one looks even better.

Sarah Naveen said...

My Fav..looks so yummy!!!

jayashree said...

Droolworthy! they are my favorite !

PranisKitchen said...

wow our favorite chips..and homemada na sure it taste super delicious.time consuming warning i liked it yarr..
well ex;ined recipe..good one jayasree

sra said...

Quite a coincidence, I put out a step by step post on jackfruit too, only, I may have scared away readers from wanting to attempt it :)

Suman Singh said...

WOW...jackfruit chips...sounds interesting and delicious...love anything with this heavenly delicious fruit...thanks for this recipe and step by step pictorial...very helpful!

Chitra said...

I've tasted this long back..thnx for the recipe.Nice step by step pics :)

Vegetarian Zest said...

Oh i love jackfruit chips. Wish we could get jackfruit here.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Homemade jackfruit chips looks perfect, kudos dear:)

Archana Vivek said...

Cool One...wow.Yummmy..

Chitra said...

Chips look crunchy and nice.We usually buy it in the shop.I think I will try to prepare it this time,your
detailed recipe is inviting.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Hey Jayashree, u have a lovely space and enjoyed ur recipes as well. Glad to follow u and being the 50th follower :):)Perfectly prepared chips,awesome.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice one...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that is great looking !!!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that is great looking !!!

Dhanya Ganesh said...

Wow ..Chakka varathathu looks yummy,crispy..I am drooling here :).

Trupti said...

my fav chips looks delicious