Saturday, July 10, 2010

Idichakka Thoran (young jackfruit)

Jackfruit is commonly used in South and Southeast Asian cuisines.It can be eaten unripe (young) when cooked, or ripe uncooked.The young fruit is called 'Idichakka" in Kerala.Only the skin of the young jackfruit need to discarded.The rest of the whole fruit can be used.Here is an image of young jackfruit.

Idichakka thoran is very famous in kerala kitchen.So here is my recipe for idichakka thoran from my kitchen to yours...

  1. Tender green jackfruit (I used a cans of tender jackfruit available in most Indian grocery stores)
  2. Coconut-1/2 cup
  3. Cumin seeds-1 tsp
  4. Shallots-2-3 nos
  5. Mustard-1 tsp
  6. Turmeric Powder-1 tsp
  7. Chilly Powder-1 tsp
  8. Curry Leaves (Optional)
  9. green hilly-2 nos
  10. Red Chilly-2 for tempering
Method Of Preparation
  • Clean the jackfruit and cut into small chunks. Add some water, salt and 1/4tsp of turmeric powder and cook covered in a pan till soft. 
  • When the jackfruit is cooled down,chop them in a food processor for once
  • Combine the coconut,chillypowder,green chillies  and cumin seeds in a food processor (not to fine paste)
  • Combine the jackfruit and the ground mixture 
  • Heat a pan,add oil(coconut oil preferred) splutter mustard and then add shallots,curry leaves,red chillies and saute for 2 mins
  • Add the the jackruit mixture and cook covered for 5 -10mins.Server hot
  • This goes well with rice.

Beef Roast

I know i have not blogged the famous non-veg dish of kerala.The very famous Beef dish.Beef is the most favorite dish of non veg lovers of kerala.This goes well with the kerala parathas.In my childhood days my dad used to get beef once or twice in a month.Later i remember my dad stopped having beef and we used to cook beef dishes very rarely.My husband who is a beef lover,loves to cook beef by his own also.These beef dishes are very famous in thattukadas,small food joints in kerala.....So here is my beef roast recipe  from my kitchen to yours....................


  1. Beef cut into small cubes-1 lb
  2. Chilly powder-1+1 tbsp
  3. Turmeric Powder-1+1 tsp
  4. Garam Masala-1+1 tbsp
  5. Vinegar-2 tsp
  6. Corainder Powder-2 tbsp
  7. Whole Garam Masala(1tsp fennel seeds,3 cloves,1 cinnamon stick,3 cardamom)
  8. Onion-2 large
  9. Garlic-6 pods minced
  10. Ginger minced-1+1 tbsp
  11. Curry leaves -1 handful ( I dint use,Optional)
  12. Mustard-1 tsp
  13. Green Chillies-3 splitted
  14. Tomato-2
  15. Salt
Method Of Preparation
  • Marinate Beef  with  1 tsp turmeric powder,1 tbsp chilly powder,vinegar,1 tbsp corainder powder, 3 garlic pods minced,1 tbsp minced ginger,1 tbsp garam masala ,1/2 Onion,Salt and curry leaves and keep aside for 1-2 hrs
  • Place the marinated beef in Pressure cooker and cook for around 4 whistles or till the beef is tender .
  • Heat a skillet splutter mustard and whole garam masala,add onion and saute till the onion is transparent
  • After that add rest of the garlic ,ginger and curry leaves and saute.
  • Add  tomatoes and cover cook for 2-3 mins
  • Add the cooked beef and cook till the water evaporates and till it is dry
  • Serve with rotis or rice /Moru curry or rice/Yogurt