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Monday, November 10, 2014

Palakai Kootu Curry-Chettinad Style(Step By Step Pics)

        Palakai kootu curry is yet another chettinad speciality.Me and my husband are very fond of this type of curry (Our grandma's make this curry yummier ).Here in US its very rare to get raw/tender jack fruit .I saw some in Indian store ,without any second thought i got raw jackfruit.
       When i asked my mom about it .She told there are varieties of raw jack fruit like fruity(which has more seeds) and raw one which don't have many seeds.I really was upset because i already got one which has more seeds.Its really hard to clean the seeds out ,But after i make this kootu we really enjoyed it a lot with Tomato rasam.
     This Jackfruit Recipe is mild and goes very well with rice.

RawJackfruit curry

Cleaning Time:15 min(if there is more seeds)
Preparation time:10 min
Cooking time:10 min

  • 1/2 small raw jack fruit(around 1 cup chopped)/pala kai
  • 5 shallots or 1 small onion(chopped fine)/chinna vengayam
  • 1/4 cup toor Dal(pressure cooked for 2 whistles)/Tuvaram paruppu
  • 1/2 tsp sambhar powder
To temper:
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp Jeera/Jeeragam
  • 1/4 tsp urad Dal/Ulutham paruppu
  • Few curry leaves/Karuvepilai
  • hing 


  • Raw jack fruit usually have  milk this stick to everything(your fingers,Knife ) you handle.
Full RawJackfruit

  • Better apply oil to hands and knife before started cleaning.
  • Cut Raw jack fruit in to half .
RawJackfruit cut in half

  • If there are any seeds remove it (there were many of it in mine).
Remove the seeds
  • Remove the peel from flesh.
Remove the peel

  • Chop it really fine .
  • Chop shallots as well.
  • Pressure cook toor Dal with turmeric and hing with water for 2 whistles.


  • Add Chopped shallots,sambhar powder,Raw jack fruit and pressure cook it for 2 whistles or until soft.
Pressure cook it with onions and sambhar powder
Cooked raw jack fruit
pressure cooked raw jackfruit

  • Heat tava and add oil to it .
  • Add Jeera and urad Dal .Wait until urad Dal changes colour and jeera aroma comes .
  • Now add curry leaves and saute for sometimes.
Temper it

  • Add cooked jackfruit and boil it for minute or 2 with required salt .
  • Add cooked Dal as well and boil for sometimes till all of them get together.
  • Serve it with rasam like pineapple rasam,sambhar or simply add it to your rice and eat it.

Palakai kootu

Select raw jackfruit:
  • If the Seed is small and the flesh is green, it is raw jackfruit .
  • When its big and yellow it has fruits rather than flesh .
  • You can use the tender/raw jackfruit for making curry like this.
  • Its difficult to find how the raw jackfruit is .If its cut in pieces and sold ,better pick the cut one instead of whole .
  • Adjust the spice level of the kootu ,if you are eating it with rice (may be you need to add more sambhar powder)

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  1. looks yum! for some reason I always think twice in cooking raw jackfruit... should try soon

  2. delicious way to eat jackfruit and dal

  3. I have never cooked palakai!!! Will try soon...looks yum!!

  4. wow dear step by step pix.. shall give it a try ;)

  5. Very nice step wise recipe Sathya, very informative for some one like me who never cooked palakai. I love kootu with any veggies. Palakai kootu looks and sounds YUM

  6. The step wise pics explain very well, looks very tasty!

  7. They look very delicious ... yummy...

  8. Souths quite interesting, kootu with palakai is very innovative. Good one Sathya!


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