Thursday, March 26, 2015

Raw Jack - Mango Curry

This is the time we get Raw Jack. Just before it grows and turns as fruit. Raw Jack. can be used in many types of curries and other items. We can  prepare Raw Jack dry curry, (Palya), Raw jack sambar, Jack coconut curry, jack papad, chips, curd curry and even pickle etc.
Here is a recipe of Raw Jack Curry. I have used some raw mango pieces instead of tamarind pulp. It has given a tangy taste to the curry. Adding jaggery helps the curry to reduce the tangy taste. Jaggery helps to reduce the gastric properties while cooking, Since it contain anti oxidant properties.
Raw Jack Curry can be eaten with plain rice, chapati, poori, naan, idli, dosa and even any kind of rotti.
Lets see the Recipe :
Things Needed:
Raw Jack : 1 Bowl
Toor Dal : 1/2 Cup
Raw Mango Pieces : 1/2 Cup ( Or half of one medium sized mango)
Jaggery : 1 Table spoon
Coconut : 3 to 4 Table spoon
Rasam Powder : 2 to 3 Table spoons
Salt : to taste
Turmeric Powder : a pinch
Oil : 1 Tea spoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Jeera : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Asafoetida (Ingh) : a pinch
Method :
1. Remove the top skin of the raw jack nicely and clean it nicely. Cut the vegetable in to pieces. (Remove the hard stem from inside).
2. Soak these cut pieces in water for 5 to 10 minutes. Wash it again and Pressure cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Leave it for cooling.


3. Wash and cook dal in a pressure cooker. ( You can pressure cook at one time keeping them in separate bowls). .


4. Grate coconut and cut mangoes. Grind coconut, jeera, mango pieces and rasam powder together with little water till paste.
5. Remove from mixi jar.
 6.. Keep a pan on the fire. Put cooked dal, raw jack, salt, turmeric powder and jaggery. Mix it well and let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
7.. Add ground coconut mixture and mix it slowly and cook for another 2 more minutes.
8 Shift it to the serving bowl and add mustard,ingh and curry leaves. splutter. 
9. Serve this Raw Jack Mango curry with the main dish.
Note : It is very difficult to remove the outer skin of Jack fruit. Use a strong knife. Be careful. Apply some oil to the knife before start cutting the Jack fruit. Jack fruit contain loads of wax in it. You kneed to cut the stem (the hard part inside the jack fruit). Cooking in pressure cooker will save the time. Adding extra jeera along with rasam powder helps to reduce the gas. You can also use Maiyyas or MTR Rasam powder. I used home made. (Roast 1/4 Tea spoon of methi seeds till brown, add coriander seeds ( 2 Table spoons), fry nicely and add red chilly ( 5 to 6) and jeera. (1/2 Tea spoon). Add ingh and curry leaves. Leave it for cooling and dry grind. Fresh Rasam powder is ready to use. Using of more chilly is optional. Use of onions and garlic to the curry is also optional. I have not used.
Using  a spoon of ghee adds to the taste.
Time : 40 minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5 

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