How To Make Kerala Jackfruit Varatti (Chakka Varatti) Recipe
Before I start, I just want to tell that I have made this dish, not with the desire to eat. Honestly saying, I don’t like it. Everybody say that we have to make the best introduction, so that people continue reading. I know this is not a good start, but please hear me out for a moment.
June is almost here, rainy season. When kids become excited to go school, with their all new school bags and tiffin box. So I thought of preparing this dish for my kid. We have a jackfruit tree in our backyard, with quite a few giagantic jackfruits on it. As being a single mother, I stay in my mother’s place in Pala, Kottayam. My mother is an expert in preparing such dishes, and with help of her, I picked up some jackfruit.
Even though not being a big fan of jackfruit varatti, I started preparaing it. Trying something out new is always exciting and challenging. Also it brought back some good old memories of me, as I saw my kid helping me out. As soon as I started melting jaggery, a mixed combination of thoughts and emotions from my past turmoiled in my head. My amma (mother in malayalam) interrupted me, as I was lost in my deep thoughts, the jaggery had now melted completely.
Chakka Varatti was now ready, as I saw the smiles of few other kids from the neighbourhood along with my kid. Now once after everything was done, to be honest, my state of mind from not liking this dish had been changed. I agree both the taste and people change with time in life. Maybe I changed my mind, because I enjoyed the process of preparaing it, or maybe the happy memories it brought to me being a child. Because we don’t want to remember anything bad; we want to only hold onto things that made us feel alive.
Now coming to the recipe part, it’s a simple and easy recipe. Below are the ingredients and the various steps in making Chakka Varatti.
Jackfruit Varatti Ingredients
- 5-6 cups of deseeded and cleaned ripe jackfruits
- 1 & 1/2 cup of grated coconut
- 750gm jaggery
- 1 tsp of dry ginger powder (Chukku podi)
- 4-5 crushed and powdered cardamom
- 2 tbsp of ghee
- 1 & 1/2 cup of water
Jackfruit Varatti Preparation
- Cut the jackfruits into small pieces.
- In a pressure, cook the sliced and chopped jackfruit pieces (chakka pazham) along with water. Keep it for about 4-5 whistles.
- Heat 1/2 cup of water and jaggery in a pan. Once the jaggery is melted completely strain this for impurities and keep it aside.
- Transfer the cooked jackfruit to a vessel. If the quantity is small we can also use small vessels (Uruli).
- Add the melted jaggery and heat it until the mixture gets thick. Keep on simmering and stirring the mixture.
- In between add little ghee to have a fine taste.
- Keep the flame on medium to low and continue stirring.
- When the mixture is sticking to the pan, add little ghee.
- The mixture will attain a ball like shape now, then remove from the flame and keep it aside for cooling
- Once cooled, Chakka Varatti is ready for serving. You can also store this recipe in an air tight container for after use.