Jackfruit Seed ‘Song’, A Spicy Sour Curry

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17.11.12

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Jackfruit Seed 'Song', A Spicy Sour Curry

 

I consider myself relaxed and relatively not very busy. My days don’t start with stressing about sending my daughter to school or rushing to a 9-5 job. My days don’t end with planning all the million things I need to get done tomorrow. At the same time, I never have nothing to do. So I can say that have a full life, not a busy or hectic life but a full one.

Then I come to my parents place and time suddenly stands still. I wake up in the morning, have my tea and laze around for what seems like several hours and when I check time it’s still just 8 am!!

 

jackfruit seeds

 

I love it. I love the space, the slow phase of life, having to time to soak everything up slowly… I like not rushing… I like knowing that there is time for everything.

Here in puttur, my hometown, a very labor intensive fruit like jackfruit is cut up every day in most houses. We actually have time for it. It’s a messy fruit to deal with gum oozing out, it takes hours to cut it open, slowly pluck the fruit out of the sticky mass. Then deseed them one by one with a lot of care. Nobody says they are too busy for jackfruits. During the season, life is about enjoying jackfruit!

 

Jackfruit seeds

 

Even jackfruit seeds are not wasted. They are enjoyed regularly cooked in curries, fried with spices or simply roasted in open fire. Not just that they are also preserved I many ways to be used for rest of the year.

Jackfruit seeds are another favorite monsoon vegetable for people of the konkan belt. These seeds have a thin, hard, almost plasticky outer skin which when peeled reveals it’s beautiful white flesh. It tastes almost like potato when cooked, starchy, creamy and soft with slight sweet fruity undertones. It takes time to peel each one of them and then chop them up and cook them into curries but it’s a labor of love.

 

jackfruit seeds

 

Jackfruit seed ‘song’ is a monsoon specialty of the konkani community of this region. A ‘song’ is a very simple curry with a smoky spicy sour taste. It has very simple spices, a few dry red chilies and a good amount of tamarind. A lot of onion is fried in good coconut oil for the base. Together it results in a very unique flavor blend which makes it a total delight to eat. ‘Song’ is popularly made with potato, known as ‘Batata Song’ but during jackfruit season it’s also made with jackfruit seeds.

 

dry red chilies

 

Serve this curry with a very simple Konkani style dal and rice for a lip smackingly good meal. Anybody who grew up int his region will do everything possible to enjoy a meal like this while it’s pouring outside. A lazy afternoon during monsoon is complete with simple delicacies made out of fruits from your own backyard.

 

This is exactly why I  love the space, the slow phase of life, having to time to soak everything up slowly…

 

Jackfruit Seed 'Song', A Spicy Sour Curry

 

Notes:

Jackfruit is available in several stores in India and outside indian curing season. It’s available al cleaned and cut up also. So even if you are a busy person you can enjoy this curry made out of jackfruit seeds.

Use regular potato instead of the jackfruit seeds for also a very famous version of this dish.

You can use bottled tamarind pulp here. If using the dried up tamarind fruit, soak it in warm water for 5 minutes to extract the pulp.

Coconut oil is a very important flavor here. Make sure you use good quality oil. You can use regular vegetable oil but it’ll never taste the same.

 

Jackfruit Seed 'Song', A Spicy Sour Curry

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 -3 cups of jackfruit seeds
  • 1 -1/2 cups of chopped onion
  • 10-12 dry red chilies
  • 4-5 tbsp of tamarind pulp

 

Clean, peel and cut the jackfruit seeds into thin long pieces. Place them with 4-5 cups of water and a pinch of salt and boil till soft. This can take sometime if you use a regular pot. I used a pressure cooker to make it faster. Drain all the water and keep the cooked jack fruit aside.

Place 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and the dry red chilies in a pan and roast them in slow fire till it puffs up and hardens. Take care not to burn them. Once cool, grind the roasted red chilies with the tamarind pulp to make a thick red spicy paste.

Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add the onion and fry till slightly golden. Now add the tamarind chili paste. Let it come to a boil. Now add the cooked jackfruit seeds, 1 cup of water and season it with salt to taste. Let the curry simmer for 5-10 minutes till it thickens.

Serve hot with rice.

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