I love chakkakkuru! As I had mentioned earlier in my Jackfruit seeds in Lentils recipe, it’s not easy to get it here in Singapore. But the story is entirely different in Kerala. My mom usually has an entire ripe jackfruit sent to her by friends of the family and it will be waiting, ripe and fragrant in the kitchen corner, ready to be attacked. Fresh slices are eaten then and there and the leftovers stored away to make chakka varatti and kumbil appam and what not.
The seeds are, of course, collected and sun dried before it goes into dishes like aviyal and mezhukkupuratti. Chakkakkuru aviyal is my absolute favourite and this time when I went to Kottayam, amma made it for me. This is her recipe and the picture was taken in Kottayam in amma’s rustic old steel bowl. Also check out chakkakuru mezhukkupuratti recipe which is a dry stir-fry with jack fruit seeds. Check out all onam sadya menu recipes here.
Chakkakkuru Aviyal Recipe
Serves: 4 as a side dish
20 Jackfruit seeds/Chakkakkuru
1 drumstick, cut into 3″ pieces
1 cup grated coconut
8-10 small onions/shallots sliced long
2 cloves crushed garlic
3/4 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp jeera/cumin powder
2 tbsp oil, preferably coconut oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
A few curry leaves
How Its Made:
1. Soak thejackfruit seeds in water for at least 2 hours and scrape the brown skin off. Chop each into four.
2. Place the jackfruit seeds, drumsticks, half the sliced shallots, turmeric powder, chilli powder and jeera powder in a pan with 1 cup water. Cook on medium heat until the drumsticks and jackfruit seeds turn soft (not mushy). This will take about 10-12 mins depending on the seeds you are using. Add water if the mixture gets too dry.
3. Once this gets cooked, add the coconut and garlic and cook on low heat for another 5 mins until well combined. Add salt. At this time, the aviyal will be quite dry.
4. Heat oil in a pan and add the ingredients for tempering. Once the mustard seeds pop, add to the aviyal, mix well and serve.