One of my (ahem) “New Year’s deals” with myself is to expand my culinary repertoire. Let’s call this deal #1, which is proving something of a challenge when combined with deal #2 in which, ideally, I exhaust the stores in the pantry!
One thing I am fully stocked up on is green jackfruit.
I love love love green jackfruit, although I have only tasted it frozen or canned.
I have seen the imposing fresh fruit — huge, whole, piled high in a giant carton at H-mart; those however, were ripe. I dream of finding a fresh unripe specimen;
I can only imagine that elusive taste treat. I know I will love it.
Perhaps someday, the H-mart buyers (are you listening, dear H-mart buyers!?) will smile upon me. It’s good to have dreams!
Meantime I thought I should break out of the jackfruit mold I’ve created — sambhar and Solai’s delicious pirattal are the only jackfruit dishes I can whip up without looking at a recipe. While I love them both — deal #1 says New Year, New Dish, yes? Yes!
In my quest, I happened upon this charming website. I went in through the back door via You Tube, promptly took off my shoes and stayed awhile.
While I did follow the recipe, right down to making the ginger-green chili and mustard-red chili pastes, I must confess that I did add potato to the original, accustomed as I am to the two together. Also, I reduced the amount of oil to a scant 2 tsp — this in keeping with (my omnipresent) New Year’s deal #3 which states: while shrinking my pantry, it wouldn’t hurt to shrink *me* a little too!
ginger-green chile paste and mustard-red chile paste ~ mixie, mortar, and pestle are packed away and the kitchen-aid does not make a luxurious paste, especially with these tiny mustard seeds, but the taste did not suffer!
Chewy jackfruit, creamy potato, crunchy nutty dals, tangy tamarind, pungent mustard, spicy melange of chilies and just a hint of sweet from ginger = heaven in my vantillu!
I loved this recipe video narrated in Telugu with English titles and I know I will be watching more — what a great way to learn a little bit of a new language.
So, Happy New Year Gayatri, and thank you for the delicious recipe!