Jackfruit Curry

Jackfruit is an exotic fruit I first came across in India, although it is the national fruit of Bangladesh. Known as “The Jack of all fruits” because it is packed full of nutrients; it is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, carbohydrates, electrolytes, fibre, fat and protein and although it contains calories it has little to no cholesterol or saturated fat.

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Pictured here on the bottom two shelves of a fruit stall in the North East of India

Similar in taste to a banana or durian, its inside is packed full of edible bright yellow bulbs. Inside each of these bulbs is a nut, or seed, which is also edible once boiled or roasted, making a tasty snack.

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The taste and texture of jackfruit makes it great for sweet dishes, jams, chutneys and cakes but prepared in a savoury way it’s texture is similar to soft meat, like mutton, making it great for vegetarians and non-veggies alike!

Since returning from Sri Lanka where I tried my first jackfruit curry, having only eaten it raw in India, it has become something of a comfort dish for me. Paired with the creaminess of organic coconut milk it is divine! The version I make is very mild and as I am being very concious of my IBS symptoms at the moment I am avoiding onions and garlic which are two major triggers for flare-ups, however feel free to add them to this recipe.

What you need:

You can find pre-prepared and packaged jackfruit bulb in many grocery stores across Dubai meaning all you need to do is chop them into thin slices.

  • 2 packets of jackfruit bulbs, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seed powder
  • 1 can organic coconut milk

Place all ingredients in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once the coconut milk starts to boil reduce to a simmer and leave for 15-20 minutes. Remove the lid and cook on higher heat for 2 or 3 minutes to thicken the sauce if needed. You can serve at this point but if you have time I recommend covering the dish once more and allowing to stand with the heat off for approx. 5 minutes before serving as the sauce thickens further and the dish cools slightly to a more enjoyable eating temperature.

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Β Enjoy on a bed of red rice with some fresh herbs or micro greens on topΒ 

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**Top Tip**

Delicious to eat this versatile fruit can also be used as a face mask for a glowing complexion by soaking it’s seeds in milk, then grinding and mixing into a paste with some honey.

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