I’m a jackfruit newbie. I have only ever eaten it from a tin (organic of course). When the local grower gets a green one my colleague Metche Legaspi who is from the Philippines will show me how to cut and cook them but until then it will be the tinned variety I use. I personally don’t make it for myself but have found myself cooking it for catering events. The last time was making San Choy Bow
for two hundred and seventy people. That was a lot of jackfruit.
We separated the fleshy bits from the core and then I made a massive curry with the cores. It was interesting as even the cores as they cooked had some of the fleshy bits left making the curry have lots of texture.
As we were making the San Choy Bow one of the women who was helping out in the kitchen told us about a wonderful jackfruit curry she had eaten in Sri Lanka. With that stored in my head I decided to make a Sri Lankan style curry after the retreat catering.
Here is the recipe I made. Note if you are on a low fod map diet or not doing onion or garlic omit it altogether or use the green tips of spring onions and garlic oil instead. You can make a milder curry by cutting the curry powder down if you prefer.
Jackfruit and Green Bean Curry
1 large Spanish onion sliced
3 garlic cloves finely sliced
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp oil
1 sprig curry leaves
600g jackfruit – remove the fleshy bits from the core and cut the core in half
200g green beans cut small
4 tomatoes diced
2 large Spanish onion one diced one sliced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 stalks lemon grass (end bashed then tie up the wispy ends)
Splash of oil
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 sprigs curry leaves
1 small quill cinnamon (optional)
As much fresh chilli as you like
A big pinch of black pepper
1 to 2 tins of coconut cream depending on how creamy you want the curry – you can always add water instead of the cream
Salt to taste
For the garnish, cook the onion, garlic, curry leaves and mustard seeds in the oil until the onion starts to caramelise a little. Will take around 5 minutes.
Set the garnish aside and use the pan to put in a further 1 tbsp of oil. Add the onion, garlic, mustard seeds, curry leaves, lemon grass and cinnamon quill and cook for 5 minutes or so. If the oil has soaked up too much add the tomatoes as that way you will get more liquid without having to add more oil. Add the salt, start with a level tsp, pepper, cayenne, curry powder and tumeric and cook for 5 minutes. You can add a splash of water if needed. Next add the green beans and cook for a few minutes then add the coconut cream and jackfruit and simmer for 15 minutes or until the beans are fully cooked and the jackfruit has taken up the flavour of the curry.
Serve in a bowl with the onion garlic garnish on top.
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I look forward to working with you in the kitchen.
Have a great week everyone
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