Jackfruit Recipes - Create simple, easy, best breakfast, dinner, or dessert recipes with tropical fruit. Jackfruit is the new, best, and most fibrous vegan and vegetarian alternative to meat.
How to eat Jackfruit?
This tropical fruit can be consumed in a variety of ways.
Ripe Jackfruit: Jackfruit tastes the best when ripe, as its flesh is super sweet and juicy. You can consume it as it is for a quick evening snack or use it to make smoothies, desserts, and Indian sweets.
Unripe Jackfruit: This has a stringy and meat-like texture, thus making it a trending ingredient for your meatless diet. Use it to make stir fry, curry, vegan pulled pork, and more.
Jackfruit seeds: can be sundried and used to make traditional village-style curries, hummus, and soups or oven roast and used as a crunchy snack.
Vegan Jackfruit Recipes
Some of my favorite vegan jackfruit recipes using unripe jackfruit are pulled jackfruit to make BBQ sliders, burgers, or sandwiches, Mangalorean traditional jackfruit or kathal curry (kadgi gojju), rava fry or raw jackfruit fritters, chickpeas and jackfruit curry (change gashi).
Ripe Jackfruit Recipes
All sweets and desserts are made using ripe fresh jackfruit. Jackfruit desserts are one of the best tropical desserts you will ever make.
Jackfruit seed recipe
A village-style traditional jackfruit seed recipe, bikkanda sagle or Mangalorean gashi, is ready in less than 30 minutes.
While you are here, also check out how jackfruit leaves are weaved into the basket and used as a mold to steam a popular Indian breakfast called idli (khotto).
How to cut Jackfruit?
Jackfruit has a sticky sap, making it difficult to remove from your hands or utensils. So always grease your knife and hand with oil like coconut or grapeseed, or use gloves to coat your hands.
Cut the Jackfruit into half with a sharp knife. Remove the core and the seeds. Remove the white fibrous string for unripe green Jackfruit and use it as desired in the recipe. For ripe Jackfruit, peel the flesh away and cut into the desired size.
- Jackfruit is a rich source of dietary fiber.
- Rich in antioxidants - good source of vitamin C and vitamin A.
- The potassium helps lower your blood pressure and helps avoid heart disease or stroke.
Jackfruit recipes Asian
This tropical fruit is used in Asian cuisine, popularly used in Indian cuisine during monsoon.
Green raw Jackfruit makes jackfruit curry or kathal ki sabzi, biryani, and stir-fries.
Ripe, fresh, and sweet Jackfruit is used to make traditional Indian and Thailand sweets like kheer and payasam, where the Jackfruit is mixed with coconut milk and sugar or jaggery, mulik (donut holes), halwa, and more.
You can also use ripe and fresh jackfruits to make jackfruit idli or cake for breakfast.
- You can use canned jackfruit or tinned jackfruit if you cannot find fresh ones.
- All the recipes are vegetarian, most jackfruit recipes are vegan, and some can be easily made vegan using dairy-free substitutes.
Like any other fruit, jackfruit is the best when enjoyed fresh, ripe, and juicy. You can use it to make smoothies, ice cream, and more.
Jackfruit can be eaten fresh; unripe ones are the best meat alternatives and can be used to make burgers, tacos, curries, stir-fries, chips, and more. Riped ones make desserts and sweets, jams, jellies, and smoothies.
The best way to cook young and green unripe ones is to pressure cook or to cook on your Instant Pot. Later using a fork or fingers, shred them into small pieces. This is used as a meat substitute.
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Best Jackfruit Recipes
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Jackfruit Pulled Pork
- 3 cups Young green jackfruit if using canned ones, jackfruit in water is most preferred, if not use the one in brine but not syrup)
- 2 tablespoon Coconut oil or any preferred cooking oil
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 4 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 to 3 tablespoon Cashews
- ¾ cup BBQ sauce
- ½ teaspoon Red chile powder
- Salt, to taste
- Pressure cook the fresh young green jackfruit in water (covering at least ½ inch above the jackfruit) and salt for 2 whistles. If you use canned ones - rinse, drain, and dry the jackfruit in a bowl.3 cups Young green jackfruit
- Separate the chunks of cooked jackfruit into shredded pieces if possible using a fork or your fingers.
- Heat oil in a large pan or skillet on medium flame. Add onions, garlic cloves, and cashews and sauté till onion becomes translucent and garlic becomes fragrant.2 tablespoon Coconut oil or any preferred cooking oil, 1 Onion, finely chopped, 4 Garlic cloves, finely chopped, 2 to 3 tablespoon Cashews
- Pour ¾ cup of BBQ sauce, very little water to thin down the sauce, red chile powder, salt to taste, and stir. Cover and cook on medium-low flame for 15 minutes or till the desired texture is reached. The longer you cook, the more tender it will be.¾ cup BBQ sauce, ½ teaspoon Red chile powder, Salt, to taste
- Once the jackfruit is simmered, I took around 12 minutes (as I have already pressure cooked it once), then cook on medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. This will give a nice texture and color.
- You can use this as it is or to make burgers, sliders, and sandwiches. Details here.