Chakka varuthathu or Jackfruit chips
Chakka varuthathu or Jackfruit chips are a signature recipe from the South Indian state of Kerala
Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit easily available in Kerala. It is also known to be the largest tree grown fruits in the world. Chakka varuthathu or jackfruit chips is one of the popular teatime snacks in these parts of the world. Matured jackfruit before ripe is used for making this traditional recipe. Although the extraction of edible segments (Chakka Chola) from the jackfruit is a tedious process, preparation of jackfruit chips from the sliced and shaped jackfruit segments or Chakka chola is an easy process.
Traditionally, coconut oil is used for the preparation of this recipe. This edible snack is one of the most popular homemade snacks of Kerala. Once prepared, this tasty and crispy jackfruit chips can be stored for two or three weeks in an airtight container. Jackfruit season is during the summer and raw fruit are used for frying and also for making chakka puzhukku.
Ingredients for making Jackfruit chips or Chakka varuthathu
- 2-3 cups of sliced and shaped edible segments from jackfruit
- 3-4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of water
- Salt as per the requirements
Method of preparation
- Cut open the raw jackfruit or chakka and take out each of the white edible segments from the fruit.
- Each jackfruit segment (chakka cholla) is then separated from the seeds and are sliced and shaped to small pieces.
- Take out some water in a bowl and add the salt as per the requirement, mix it well and keep it aside.
- Heat coconut oil in a deep frying pan.
- Once the oil becomes hot, add the sliced jackfruit pieces.
- Reduce the flame to a low-medium level and fry it to form a light yellowish brown colour.
- When the sizzling sound diminishes pour in a teaspoon of salt water.
- Once it becomes crunchy and crisp, remove it from the flame and keep it aside to drain excess oil.
- It’s ready for serving or place it inside an airtight container for after use, which will prevent the crunchy chips from becoming soggy.