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Monday, April 14, 2014

Jackfruit Chips | Chakka Varuthathu | Chakka Upperi & Happy Vishu !!!

" Wishing all Keralites a very happy & prosperous Vishu !! "

Vishu is a festival of feasting,wearing new clothes,setting off fire crackers and elders gift money to kids,servants and other tenants known as Vishu kaineetam.The other important part of Vishu is the Vishu kanni(the first thing seen on the day after waking up)The usual ritual is the arrangement with the raw rice,vegetables,fresh fruits,flowers mainly konna, mirror,ritual book,coins and pooja lamps.Though we don't celebrate Vishu,but sadya time is always a pleasure.Jackfruit is the seasonal fruit easily available in this festival and so jackfruit chips,chakka(jackfruit) varratiyathu,chakka(jackfruit) pradhaman are very commonly served at this time.When I came back from Kerala,I too bought a packet of my mother's homemade chakka varuthathu /chakka upperi/jackfruit  chipsand so thought to share her signature recipe.These are easy to fry but the real task goes in cleaning and plucking the raw jackfruit/chakkachulas out.This is a very popular snack of Kerala and readily available in all homes in this season.Enjoy making these at home and munch it on!!!

Related post : Plantain Chips | Upperi | Kaya Varuthathu

raw jackfruit /chakkachulla from 1 medium sized jackfruit
oil about half a litre
salt dissolved in little water

-Cut open the jackfruit/chakka ,slice off the core.Clean the latex using the coconut fiber of the rind/chakiri or a newspaper.Then dig in and remove the jackfruit/chakkachulla.Clean off the white strips and remove seed.
Slice off the top and bottom thick portion of each jackfruit(don't discard you can just cook it up to make chakka vevichathu).Now,make thin strips with the remaining fruit.Do the same way till you finish all chakkachullas /jackfruit.
-Heat oil in a pan/kadai on medium heat.When it is hot,add the thin strips of jackfruit and deep fry them.(Don't overcrowd the pan)
-Occasionally keep stirring the chips.Wait till the chips make a sizzling sound,add few drops of salted water in the center.(You may hear water popping sound but don't panic,just reduce the heat slightly and then when the sound stops revert to medium heat)
-When till it is evenly browned,drain off on a paper towel.Wait to cool completely before storing in air tight containers or serve !!!

* Use a mature raw jackfruit for good taste.And there are some particular varieties which taste best.
* Depending on the amount of raw jackfruit strips,modify your amount of oil required.
* My mom doesn't add turmeric powder to color as the chips has a natural yellowish brown color when fried.

If you wish to make your own sadya,refer this link here for all the other recipes under sadya heading.
So,What's up with my mallu friends? Are your Vishu kani & sadya plans ready? A Very Happy Vishu,gals !!!


Home Cooked food said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely chips, nice snack said... Best Blogger Tips

Very Tempting n my y luking chips ..

Lincyscookart said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely site with wonderful recipe collection. Happy to follow u back.

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

my fav chips

Priya Elias said... Best Blogger Tips

That's my favourite. Lovely clicks Julie :)

Vysyas recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

crunchy and yummy recipe. good to snack.nice clicks.

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turmericnspice said... Best Blogger Tips

I love jackfruit....this is so gorgeous

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Vishu to you and your family dear, chakka chips looks so crispy and yummy.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful recipe.. thanks for sharing!!

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

that's a treat... i could keep munching this continously over a cup of tea...

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy....Mouthwatering favourite :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Welcome back Julie.crunchy chips

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Crunchy and yummy chips!!

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nicely done, chips look yummy and crunchy..

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

After a long period, i came to ur space Juile. You have a collection of mouthwatering recipes indeed. Jackfruit chips looks crisp and I know how tasty they are!

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these chips..looks so yumm...

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

I want to munch some, very tempting chips..send me some Julie.

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it a lot.must try my own..

cookbookjaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

my 1st son's favorite chips, look very crunchy

JENIFERLAVANYA said... Best Blogger Tips

Hy hi. Actually my chips arent crispy. What can be the possible reasons for it. please help. I made it twice and its a disaster.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Jenifer,
There are a few reasons if the chips weren't crispy-
1.Not all types of jackfruit are worth frying as chips. There are a few selected varieties which works perfect. At home, we know the particular jackfruit tree and use only that.
2. The oil wasn't hot enough when you put the sliced jackfruit.
3. Thick and big chakkachulla( jackfruit pieces) don't work good for frying.
4.Don't overcrowd the wok(kadai).
5.Try getting the chips slightly more browner and check if it works.In the pic, we had that good select variety of thin jackfruit and so it could be drained out when golden yellow.

Hope these help and wish you get the crispy ones if you plan to try.

Roselin said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, can I use frozen dried strips of Jackfruit to make the chips?

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Roselin,

Am sorry, frozen dried ones may not work good for making chips. Reasons below-
1. The usual Jackfruit chips are not made from all varieties of jackfruit. Only select varieties work good when it comes to making chips.
2. Usually in Kerala, the finest varieties used for frying chips are not used once monsoon starts as jackfruit bulbs absorb water. So chips may fry but may not be crisp for long. In your case, the frozen ones may have moisture content.

However, you can always give a try and check. I haven't tried, hope this helps.