Game-Changer Alert: Jackfruit Curry, the Ultimate Meat Substitute!

Introduction

In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the adoption of plant-based diets as people become more conscious of their health and the environment. The search for sustainable and nutritious meat substitutes has led to the discovery of an extraordinary fruit, jackfruit.

Native to South Asia, jackfruit has gained popularity worldwide for its versatile culinary applications, especially as a meat substitute in dishes like “Jackfruit Curry.” In this article, we’ll explore what makes Jackfruit Curry a game-changer and why it’s considered the ultimate meat substitute.

From my first introduction to date, I have always enjoyed eating jackfruit curry. It is the meaty, fibrous texture and delicious taste that have always attracted me to this humble fruit. Today, jackfruit is widely popular as vegan or mock meat.

In India and Southeast Asia, jackfruit has been used for ages to prepare a variety of dishes. From curry and pickles to rice recipes, jackfruit is used in many regional Indian recipes.

Jackfruit curry is a popular dish across North India. This is a Punjabi-style jackfruit curry recipe from my mother.

Reasons I love it:

Gluten-free

Truly tasty

Vegan and vegetarian

One-pot main course dish

What is Jackfruit Curry?

Jackfruit, scientifically known as Artocarpus heterophyllus, is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. It has a fascinating history and has been a chief ingredient in South and Southeast Asian cuisine for centuries. When ripe, Jackfruit’s sweet, tropical flavor resembles a mix of pineapple, mango, and banana. Still, when unripe, its neutral taste and meaty texture make it an ideal choice for savory dishes like curries. 

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Health Benefits of Jackfruit Curry

Jackfruit isn’t just a great meat volition; it also offers several health benefits. Packed with essential nutrients like salutary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and colorful antioxidants, jackfruit curry can be a precious addition to a balanced diet. Also, its low calorie and fat content makes it an excellent option for those looking to maintain a healthy weight without compromising on taste. 

Jackfruit Curry vs. Other Meat Substitutes

Compared to popular meat substitutes like tofu, tempeh, and seitan, Jackfruit Curry stands out with its unique texture and taste. Unlike some alternatives that may have a rubbery or processed feel, jackfruit’s fibrous texture closely resembles pulled pork or shredded chicken. This makes it an excellent choice for recreating meat-based dishes without using animal products.

Environmental Impact of Jackfruit Curry

Aside from its health benefits and culinary appeal, Jackfruit Curry also carries a positive environmental impact. Jackfruit trees are relatively easy to cultivate, and the fruit itself requires minimal resources to grow, making it a sustainable option for communities and the planet. Choosing jackfruit curry over traditional meat-based dishes can significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with livestock farming.

Jackfruit Curry: A Game-Changer in the Culinary World

The versatility of jackfruit curry is truly remarkable. Its subtle taste allows it to absorb various flavors, making it suitable for a wide range of cuisines and dishes. From curries and stews to sandwiches and tacos, this remarkable fruit can transform any recipe, providing a delicious and ethical alternative to meat.

Jackfruit Curry in Restaurants and Home Kitchens

With the growing fashionability of factory-grounded diets, Jackfruit Curry has made its way onto eatery menus worldwide. It has become a favorite among insectivores and indeed meat-eaters looking to explore new flavors. numerous caffs now offer jackfruit-ground dishes,  feeding the added demand for sustainable and ethical choices.

What kind of jackfruit is best for making curry?

To prepare a delicious jackfruit curry, you’ll need unripe, green jackfruit, which can be found in Asian grocery stores or specialty markets.

The raw, unripe jackfruit with tender seeds is best for cooking.

The color of the unripe jackfruit should be milky white and not pale yellow. The ripe and sweet jackfruit with hard seeds should not be used for making curry.

cut jackfruit

The best season to get unripe, tender jackfruit is from May – July, or before the monsoon or rainy season. In some parts of India, unripe jackfruit is available during the winter season as well.

How to Clean Jackfruit for Curry

Firstly, don’t get intimidated by the complex structure of the fruit. Once you get the technique to clean the jackfruit right, nothing can stop you from making delicious jackfruit recipes every day.

Nowadays, many supermarkets sell cleaned, ready-to-use pieces of jackfruit sealed in plastic bags. When 

I am in no mood to put in extra effort; I buy one of those packets from the supermarket or request that my vegetable vendor clean a small portion of jackfruit for me.

Or you can use frozen jackfruit as well to make this curry. Thaw it as per the packet instructions, and then follow the recipe steps.

This cleaning process can be used for both ripe and unripe varieties of jackfruit.

ripe jackfruit

* To peel the jackfruit, first grease your fingers well with mustard oil or cooking oil. Place a bowl of mustard oil next to you while cutting the jackfruit, as you will need to smear your palms with oil from time to time. The oil prevents jackfruit fiber from sticking to your hand.

* With a sharp knife, remove the skin of the jackfruit. Cut the inner white-colored fibrous part into big chunks. Remove any thick stems in the center before cutting big chunks into smaller pieces.

* Do not wash the jackfruit after cutting it into small pieces. Wipe off the dirt, if there is any, with a clean kitchen towel. The tender seeds inside the jackfruit can also be added to the sabzi, removing the seed skin.

How To Store Unripe Jackfruit

The unripe jackfruit pieces should be stored in the fridge (not the freezer) in a ziplock bag and consumed in a day or two. Because after a day or two, it starts ripening and is not in the best stage to make sabzi or curry.

Indeed the fewest hint of anecdotage in the jackfruit might not affect a  succulent jackfruit curry.  You can also wrap up the pieces and keep them in the freezer for over one month. But the flavor is best enjoyed when eaten as fresh as possible.

Step-By-Step North Indian jackfruit curry?

Fry Jackfruit: Start with frying the cleaned, chopped jackfruit in mustard oil till it turns pale brown in color. Transfer to a metal colander. Set aside. Frying gives jackfruit a delicious texture and reduces cooking time.

fried jackfruit

Make Masala: In the same pot after frying jackfruit, add the chopped onion. Fry onion till light brown in color.

Next, add the ginger and garlic paste, chopped tomato, spices, and salt. Fry the masala till the oil separates. This usually takes 5 – 10 minutes over low heat.

 indian jackfruit recipe

Add the shallow-fried jackfruit to the pot, and stir to combine so that the jackfruit pieces are unevenly carpeted with the spice blend. Cover with a lid and let the curry cook over low heat for 15 – 20 twinkles, stirring sometimes in between.

During this time the jackfruit pieces absorb the flavor of the spices. Check for doneness and turn off the heat. Serve jackfruit curry hot, garnished with coriander leaves.

Serving Suggestion

In a Punjabi household, jackfruit curry is mainly served with chapati or Indian bread. Since it is a dry dish, we accompany it with these Indian dishes:

jackfruit curry final look

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FAQs about Jackfruit Curry

Q: What does Jackfruit Curry taste like?

A: Jackfruit Curry boasts a mild and subtly sweet taste with a texture similar to pulled pork or shredded chicken.

Q: Is Jackfruit Curry suitable for people with allergies?

A: Jackfruit is generally safe for consumption, but individuals with latex allergies may experience cross-reactivity and should avoid it.

Q: How to store leftover Jackfruit Curry?

A: Store any leftover Jackfruit Curry in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Q: Can I freeze Jackfruit Curry?

A: Yes, you can freeze Jackfruit Curry for up to 2 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating.

Q: Where can I buy Jackfruit for making the curry?

A: You can find fresh or canned Jackfruit in Asian grocery stores, specialty markets, or online retailers

Conclusion

Jackfruit Curry has plainly surfaced as a game-changer in the culinary world, revolutionizing the way we approach factory-grounded cookery. With its tasteful taste, meaty texture, and emotional nutritive profile, it’s no surprise that Jackfruit Curry has won the hearts of numerous food suckers.

Not only does it give an excellent volition to meat, but it also contributes to sustainable and environmentally friendly dining choices. So, whether you are a  devoted vegan, a flexitarian, or simply someone seeking innovative new flavors, give Jackfruit Curry a  pass and experience the ultimate meat cover for yourself. 

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Manish Srivastava
Manish Srivastava
10 months ago

This one was awesome. Will give it a try.

Shikha
Shikha
10 months ago

Loved it !!

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