Delicious steamed jackfruit rice cake goes well with tea or coffee.
Some fruits tempt me to buy them a lot; they are plantain, mango and jackfruit. Yes these fruits remind me of my childhood days. So always I try to grab them when it is possible. Last week I went to Hong Kong Market for get some ingredients for my Thai recipe. Yes I am little crazy about Thai dishes. When I saw huge jackfruit, I immediately put it into the shopping cart. I didn’t even blink an eye towards my hubby as he may have any other opinion. After coming home, I realized it was ripe, so we need to eat it as fast as possible, and as I was not possible to finish it in a couple of days, made this chakka appam/ Steamed Jackfruit rice cake wrapped in banana leaves.
I have already made jackfruit preserve, sweet pudding with jackfruit, in fact two versions or it, one with preserve and other with fresh fruit. Also made Ela ada/ rice wrappers with jackfruit preserve as filling with ripe jackfruit. Yes ripe jackfruit is delicious especially this variety called varikka and then there is another variety Koozha. Even in varikka there are following different types 1. Varikka Chakka 2. Koozha Chakka 3. Chembarathi Chakka 4. Sada Varikkka Chakka 5. Then Varikka . I think I bought varikka from Hong Kong Market. In my home, usually my grandma checks the ripeness of jackfruit. I don’t remember how she did it? Last time when we visited Hong Kong Market, we asked a Vietnamese couple for help to select the jackfruit, and they told us to looks for equal sized prickly eyes on jackfruit, if they are equal size means they are ripe. Now I learned how to select them.
I have tried most of the traditional recipes using ripe jackfruit, even though a few like Chakka appam remains in the list. Chakka appam is a traditional tea time snack made with ripe jackfruit, jaggery, coconut and homemade rice flour. I am very particular about the traditional recipes, so soaked rice and pounded it into homemade rice flour. You can feel free to use store bought rice flour. First grind the ripe jack fruit and then thicken the puree with jaggery. To this add rice flour and coconut and steam it in a banana leaves.
I am happy to use banana leaves from my garden. Cooking with banana leaves imparts great aromatic flavor which nothing can replace it. I did it just like my grandma used to make. It is delicious, give it a try if you are little adventurous. For me some this recipe rekindles their childhood memories. Here comes the recipe.