Chakka Varatti Recipe – How to Make Jackfruit Jam

Chakka Varatti Recipe is a sweet recipe made out of ripe Jackfruit and is also called as Jackfruit Jam.

Chakka Varatti Recipe

It feels really good when you take a break at least once every year. I think it’s much needed for everyone. You don’t just enjoy the break, infact you tend to become more productive after you come back from the break. Since it was vacation time for my daughter, we planned for a trip to Hyderabad and Kerala.

And this time I took a real break from blogging and cooking as well. It was all fun time with my little daughter.

It wasn’t really a break for my husband as it was for me because he was on an official trip and I on my vacation break.

So though it wasn’t really a good time to plan a vacation to Kerala or, to Hyderabad we still had to take a forced vacation to these places.

It was terribly hot in both these places but it was fun.

Chakka Varatiyathu

My hubby had to go for an official trip to Hyderabad so we planned for the Hyderabad trip. And then we had some function and ceremonies in Kerala, so we planned for Kerala trip. We planned it in such a way that we could attend the functions there and also get a much-needed break from work.

In spite of the scorching heat, we did enjoy our trip. If I talk about Hyderabad trip, it was just awesome, I am still not able to come out of those lovely stays in Hyderabad.

Second, I liked two things about the Kerala trip. First one was the road trip to Kerala. And the second thing I liked about the Kerala trip was the Jackfruit season. Though most of us don’t like summer season but it’s this summer season when you get those juicy, pulpy and sweet fruits. And jackfruit is one of them.

Chakka Varatiyathu

Jackfruit has lot’s of health benefits too. It strengthens the immune system, protects against cancer, aids digestion, boosts energy, lowers blood pressure, controls asthma, strengthens the bones, and prevents anemia.

Let me ask you a question. Have you ever tried jackfruit jam? If not, then I must tell you that you are missing something. But, better late than never.

So today I am going to share with you a recipe called Jackfruit Jam which is also known as Chakka Varatti.

Chakka Varatiyathu

Chakka Varatti Recipe

Chakka varatti recipe is easy but very laborious and time-consuming. And the most difficult part of the whole process is to pull out the fruits and get it deseeded. Total time in making this recipe also depends on the quantity you are making. But trust me the taste is worth the effort.

Chakka Varatti Recipe – How to Make Jackfruit Jam

Ingredients

  • Ripe Jackfruit – 2 cups, (deseeded and chopped)
  • Powdered jaggery – 1 to 2 cups (powdered jaggery gets dissolve easily with water)
  • Ghee / clarified butter – 3 tbsp
  • Water – 3/4 cup

Method

  1. Dissolve the jaggery in warm water. Filter if necessary to remove any dirt or stones. Set aside.
  2. In a heavy bottom kadhai or pan cook the jackfruit in 3/4 cup water until soft.
  3. Mash it well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add the jaggery water to it and cook on low heat, stirring constantly.
  5. When the mixture starts thickening and starts sticking add the ghee and keep stirring and cook until it reaches the jam consistency and the mixture starts to leave the sides.
  6. Remove from the heat and let it cool down.
  7. Once it gets cold, store in a air-tight jar and refrigirate.
  8. It tastes great with bread, roti or parathas.
  9. This recipe can also be used to make many delicious and irresistible dishes, like elai ada (pan poli), payasam, sweet idli etc and many more.

Notes

Empty into a dry, air-tight container and refrigerate. Take out small portions when needed.

This preserve stays fresh for a long time if used with care. Do not use wet spoons or put your hand.

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Restaurant Review # 4 : The Mughal Kitchen Review, Restaurant in Kaggadasapura, Bangalore

 

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We were preparing for our vacation to Kolkata. There were a ton of things that we had to purchase and some of it was from the local stores near our house.

After a tiring 3 hours of roaming around, when hunger pangs hit we happened to walk into this restaurant – “The Mughal Kitchen”.

After an experience that can be described as “Awesome”, we thought of putting together this review for the restaurant as part of our Restaurant Reviews.

The Mughal Kitchen – The Restaurant

Located on the main Kaggadasapura road, it wasn’t too difficult to find though there wasn’t a hoarding or, a signboard that would catch your attention and direct you to it.

Their board said “North Indian”, South Indian and Chinese which is something common with most restaurants in the area. While almost all of them claim to be specialists in all of these, the first bite of a cuisine could easily tell you the speciality of the chef. Because either the South Indian recipes wouldn’t taste South Indian or, there would be a South Indian touch to the North Indian food.

So we weren’t expecting a lot when we saw the board.

The Mughal Kitchen

We walked into the restaurant which was neat, clean and organized. There were a few guests who had almost done with their lunch (considering it was already 3:00 PM, it wasn’t a surprise).

Some remixed music was playing which wasn’t annoying but also not very pleasing. But it wasn’t a deal breaker. You would unknowingly tap your feet, in the middle of eating your food and that we felt was enough engagement that the music could provide.

the mughal kitchen restaurant

We were running out of patience and had to quickly put something into our hungry stomachs and hence picked a nice and peaceful corner in the restaurant and went straight onto the menu card that the waiter handed over to us.

The Mughal Kitchen Restaurant Review – The Food

The menu card was simple with the first page showcasing some of their signature dishes followed by a few pages of appetizers and then the main course.

The menu was normal with the usual spread that you would find in most North Indian Restaurants.

We had gone through a couple of bad experiences with a few other so called North Indian Restaurants, so we were a little confused if we should give the north Indian cuisines a try.

After a minute of discussing we eventually decided to go with North Indian and ordered “Babycorn Chilli” and “Paneer Kalimirch Tikka” to start off with.

We followed it with a a couple of items from the main course like Paneer Lababdar, Paneer Butter Masala, Malai Kofta and Dal Fry along with Butter Naan.

butter naan

babycorn chilli

paneer butter masala

The service time was extremely good. We have had experiences where we walked into a hyped restaurant and ordered food only to wait for about 30 minutes before it is served.

Our food was served in about 10 minutes of ordering and it was boiling hot. The waiter patiently spread it on the table, though we weren’t as patient when we pounced onto the food.

The Naan was also soft and hot with butter generously spread over it.

For once, we did not regret ordering North Indian food. Everything from the Paneer Lababdar to Dal Fry was very tasty and had a genuine North Indian touch to it.

We finished off the food in no time. Our repeat order for Naans were quickly taken and served in about another 5-7 minutes. That was quick and beat out expectations.

Once we had finished the food we walked around the restaurant to experience the ambiance. Since most guests had left by that time and we were the only ones in the restaurant, we could get a nice view of the activities of the staff in the restaurant.

They had an outdoor dining as well, which was nicely setup. The furnitures had a bamboo blended touch and the place was nicely organized.

the mughal kitchen outdoor dining

the mughal kitchen outdoor dining
the mughal kitchen outdoor dining

There were a few rabbits running around here and there and then a few cages with beautiful birds in it (this is not something that I would commend or, appreciate because I don’t believe birds are to be caged).

Concluding our Experience

The Mughal Kitchen is a decent budget restaurant. The menu is affordably priced and for the kind of menu, it was aptly priced. The food was tasty and worth the pricing.

The menu wouldn’t confuse you and picking the right ones shouldn’t be time consuming (I find figuring out what to order, the most daunting task in a restaurant).

The place was nice, clean and maintained well. The staff was prompt and courteous.

The only thing I recommend is to “Smile”. I find this missing in a lot of the staff at most restaurants. But in essence what they are missing is not the “Smile”, but the sense of satisfaction that they are going to give out to each of the guest that they served for the day.

The Mughal Kitchen has a decent ambiance for a budget restaurant. Don’t go in there expecting a 5-star ambiance and be disappointed. It will be unfair to a restaurant which serves nice and tasty food at a reasonable price.

We would surely want to visit the restaurant again at least for the food. It was genuinely tasty!

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Jackfruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe – Chakkakuru Mezhukkupuratti

Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe is a healthy recipe made from the seeds of Jackfruits, which most of us would otherwise throw out as a waste.

Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe

As I am sitting beside my window writing this blog post, I could feel a nice cool breeze flowing in through the window. It has been raining since evening here in Bangalore.

Though it’s not a heavy rain, but then it is enough to provide relief from the hot weather that we have been experiencing over the past several weeks.

And as I sit here writing the blog post and enjoying the nice rain outside, I am being tempted to shutdown my computer and go to the balcony.

Why?

jackfruit seeds stir fry

Because the rain is now transformed to a nice drizzle and the breeze is nice and cool. What better weather to enjoy a cup of tea and some nice pakoras.

I will have to rush to my kitchen and made some pakoras real quick and I am definitely going to do it as soon as I finish my blog post for today.

I am sure you can understand how excited I am to enjoy the weather as the rain is continuing.

Chakkakuru

jackfruit seeds

Anyways, let me tell you the name of the recipe I am going to share with you all today. It is “Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe”.

I learnt this recipe from my mom-in-law. To be frank I never imagined that we could make a recipe using Jackfruit seeds. Because most of us would be of the impression that seeds are to be thrown.

If you were like me and thought so, then you are definitely going to enjoy this tasty recipe.

jackfruit seeds stir fry recipe

Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe

As the name says this recipe is made of Jackfruit seeds. A delicious way to use seeds which not many are aware of!

Jackfruit and its seeds contain plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Its a healthy food to consume, when available.

This recipe is very famous in Kerala. I won’t say that this is an easy recipe to make but it tastes really good.  This can be served as a side along with rice, dal etc. And my favorite way to eat this recipe is just like that when it is hot and crispy. 🙂

Jack Fruit Seeds Stir Fry Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2-3

Ingredients

  • Jackfruit seeds/chakkakuru – 1 cup
  • Mustard Seeds –
  • Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger – 1″ piece (crushed)
  • Garlic – 2-3 cloves (crushed)
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coconut oil/vegetable oil – 3-4 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Water – to boil jackfruit seeds

Method

  1. Peel the white skin of the jackfruit seeds with a knife.
  2. Pressure cook the seeds with enough water.
  3. Once cooked, let it cool down.
  4. Now peel the seeds and remove the brown colour layer slightly as much you could remove by scrapping with the knife.
  5. Cut each seed into four quaters along the longer side. Keep aside.
  6. Heat oil in a frying pan and add mustard seeds.
  7. Once the seeds splutter add crushed ginger-garlic and fry them well.
  8. Add onion and turmeric powder. Saute until golden brown.
  9. Add cooked jack fruit seeds, saute for few minutes in a medium heat. Add chilly powder and salt (if needed). Saute and fry it until light brown and becomes crispy.
  10. So the jackfruit seeds stir fry or chakkakkuru mezhukkupuratti is ready to serve.
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Low Carb Eggplant Tawa Pizza Recipe

Low Carb Eggplant tawa pizza recipe is a low carb diet recipe which is a good lunch or, dinner substitute when you are on a low carb diet.

low carb eggplant tawa pizza

I was always of the impression, that pizza is something that everybody likes, but I was wrong. I know three people in my family who do not like pizzas. Among three of them, one of them is my dear father and the two are also my relatives. They say it’s just another form of bakery bread and since they wouldn’t prefer eating bakery bread in whatever form, they wouldn’t prefer having pizza at all. Strange isn’t it?????

I am sure there will be many more like them who might not like Pizza.

But I think it’s ok, everybody has their own choices and tastes. Even the tastiest thing in the world which you would fall for anytime, could probably be just another tasteless thing for some other people.

By the way, do you also know someone who does not like pizzas?

Anyways, pizza is not something which is considered as a healthy recipe. It has lot of carb and also lots of cheese (fats), which together is a harmful combination for our health.

eggplant pizza recipe

But there is this one pizza which can be eaten if you are on a Low Carb Diet. And you won’t believe me, it too has lots and lots of cheese.

And it is so very tasty that you will ask for more.

I won’t say that you can substitute this for the normal pizza, but I can bet that after seeing this recipe I am sure you would want to go on a low carb diet. Yes, it is that tasty.

eggplant pizza

Low Carb Eggplant Tawa Pizza Recipe

Eggplant tawa pizza is an easy to make low carb recipe. This is made with thinly sliced eggplant tossed with some cottage cheese and shredded cheese. This recipe is considered as a low-carb high-fat recipe and is a good recipe if you are on a Low Carb diet.

I had a lot of these when I was on the low carb diet and I simply loved these.

Since I wanted to reduce a little more, I used very less cheese and this is an option you too can go with.

Serve this fresh and hot, else you might miss the “YUM” in the recipe.

Eggplant Tawa Pizza Recipe

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • Eggplant – 1
  • Cottage Cheese/Paneer – 3/4 cup
  • Tomato Sauce – 1/3 cup
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Onion – 1 medium (chopped)
  • Shredded Cheese – 3/4 cup
  • Fresh Oregano – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pepper Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coconut Oil/Olive Oil/Butter – 3 tablespoon

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil, add ginger-garlic paste. Saute.
  2. Now add chopped onion and fry until golden brown.
  3. Add crumbled cottage cheese and fry. Add tomato sauce and seasoning. Let it simmer for 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Slice the eggplants about 1/2 cm thick and coat with oil. Set aside.
  5. Pre-heat the tawa or pan for 2 minutes.
  6. Spread the eggplant slices all over the tava and cover it with a glass or metal lid.(Keep it on a medium flame)
  7. Cook until done turning in between, ensuring both the sides are well cooked.(If needed you can smear some more oil)
  8. Now apply tomato sauce. Top it with the cottage cheese mixture and grated cheese.
  9. Sprinkle oregano and chili flakes and cover the tawa with a lid again and wait for the cheese to melt.
  10. So the eggplant tawa pizza is ready to serve.
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Masala Peanuts Recipe – How to Make Masala Peanuts Recipe

Masala Peanuts Recipe is a simple tea time snack recipe, which is crispy, crunchy and a little spicy.

masala peanuts

Her final exams are over and it’s vacation time for her.

Both me and my daughter, free birds now. Because, now that the studies are over, we can do things the way we want without having to look at the clock or, follow a schedule. And it feels so much FREE..

Of course, it’s “WE”. Why?

masala peanuts recipe

Because when you have to make a 7-year-old kid study, you automatically start to feel that you too, are in school and that you too have a goal of finishing all the task given in the class.

Their exam feels as if it’s our exam and I think most of you would agree with me on this. What say?

This vacation is a little different for me and my daughter alike. In fact we don’t feel as if it’s a vacation because there’s a lot going on in here.

masala peanuts recipe

We are planning to move into a new house (our own home) and we need to look for a new school for my daughter.

Yup, I know what is going on in your mind. What’s the big deal in finding a new school for a small kid?

Schools are in volumes these days. You will find a school in every nook and corner of the city. Some are small, some are big. There are a few others that are international schools and yet others that are global schools. And there are as many fee structures as are the number of schools.

masala peanuts recipe

Education looks like a grossly un-regulated arena and schools seem to be charging as they like.

While I understand that the cost of living is increasing every year and hence the cost of education will also go up, I personally feel that education in India is a little over priced. And this is primarily because of poor governmental regulation in this area.

Today when we were out in search for a school we were shocked to hear about the fee structure of some of the schools. There were some ridiculous amount that they were charging as a “Donation” and the overall fees was about 12% of the salary of an average middle class Indian.

masala peanuts recipe

I don’t think even medical studies would have costed this much.

Anyways, these are things that are a part of life.

And as the search for a good school continues, let me get into today’s recipe which is called “Masala Peanuts”.

masala peanuts

Masala Peanuts Recipe

Masala Peanuts is a very simple and easy tea time snack recipe. These crunchy spice-coated peanuts are very simple and easy to make. So whenever you are craving for something crunchy and spicy, then go for this.

It goes really well along with a cup of hot Tea or, coffee. This recipe is loved by the kids as well.

Masala Peanuts – How to make masala peanuts recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Peanut (Moong Phali) – 1 cup
  • Bengal Gram Flour (besan) – 1/4 cup
  • Red Chili Powder – as per the taste
  • Salt as per taste
  • Water – 1/4 cup
  • Oil to deep fry

Method

  1. Mix all the above ingredients except peanuts.
  2. Now add peanuts in that mixture and mix well.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan and drop a lumpful of the coated nuts in hot oil.
  4. Fry on medium heat, till light brown.
  5. Strain the excess oil in tissue paper .
  6. Serve with tea,coffee.
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Kadumanga Achar – How to make Instant Mango Pickle

Kadumanga Achar Recipe is an Instant Mango Pickle Recipe from South India that is quick to make and tastes really great with white rice.

Kadumanga Achar

Who doesn’t love mangoes??? I think pretty much every one of us loves this fruit. And if you ask me then I just love mangoes, be it raw or ripe. And I also love eating any recipe made out of mango.

During summer vacation in school, we used to visit our native place. We had a wonderful farm filled with mangoes tree. We also had pomegranate trees, lemon trees, guava trees and a lot many others.

But the most numbers were of mango trees. I still remember the days where there used to be heavy winds and the raw mangoes would fall because of the heavy wind.

Me, my brother and my sisters, would all run fast carrying a basket, salt, chili powder and a knife to pick those fallen mangoes. We wanted to be the first ones so that others couldn’t get any of those. We did not have any boundaries for our farms or, yards and hence the risk of others coming into our farms and taking away the fallen mangoes. And we were determined that we will not let that happen.

kadumanga

Now I know you would be thinking, “What’s with the salt, chili and knife then”?

Well, those were the tools and resources required to eat those mangoes. In fact, all of this exercise was with that intent only.

We would spend a lot of time sitting and swinging there on the branches of the mango trees and eat those mangoes. The mangoes tasted real different when we eat it that way or, so we felt.

After long hours of games and fun, we would go back to our house with the remaining mangoes and give it all to our mom to make pickles out of it. Those mango pickles are my favorite. And I could still feel that taste on my lips, as I write this post.

Kadumanga achar

Things have changed. Mango trees have gone and only a few are left (Blame it on the changing weather, floods and the absence of a person to take care of it, now that my father is not as healthy as he used to be and that he has relocated to Kolkata). Even kids don’t find eating raw mangoes and swinging on mango trees, a fun pass time. They would rather prefer spending time on mobile phones playing games.

Rolling back to the present day… (lol)

Today I will be sharing an instant mango pickle recipe, which is very easy to make and tastes real good and spicy too.

Kadumanga

Kadumanga Achar – Instant Raw Mango Pickle

India is famous for its pickles and Mango pickles are the favorite of pretty much everyone. There are numerous varieties of pickles, some spicy, some sweet and some a mixture of both.

This pickle that I am sharing today is a recipe that I learnt from my mother in law. It is very common in South India and since it is almost instant, people prefer making this a lot more than any other pickles.

My Mother-in-law says that during summers, they would put a spoon full of these pickled mangoes into their mouth and drink a glass a cold water drawn from the well and it would refresh them all over.

Anyways, let me get straight into the recipe.

Kadumanga Achar – How to make Instant Mango Pickle

Ingredients

  • Raw mango – 1 (diced small)
  • Black mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Fenugreek seeds powder – a pinch
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Gingelly Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Water – as needed

Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Add mustard seeds and let it crackle.
  3. Add asafoetida, red chili powder and salt.
  4. Then pour in water and bring to boil over low heat.
  5. Once boiled remove from heat. Let it cool down.
  6. Once it gets cool down add diced mango and mix well. Taste and add salt, if needed.
  7. So the instant mango pickle is ready to serve now.
  8. Ladle into a clean, dry, sterilized glass jar and seal with lid.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days to infuse flavors.
  10. The pickle tastes best after aging for 2-3 days. Refrigerate after opening. It will keep several weeks in the refrigerator, if not eaten immediately.
  11. Serve mango pickles with any rice dishes or any Indian meal.
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Instant Whipped Cream and Berries Recipe

Instant whipped cream and berries recipe is an instant low carb diet recipe that also substitutes as a dessert.
instant whipped cream and berries recipe

I was always against dieting and I am sure you could imagine the reason behind this. I was a complete foodie who liked trying different foods. But being a foodie did not mean that I would overeat and hog. I always followed controlled eating. I was actually a kind of a foodie who loved trying different recipes.

During college, I used to see people going on diets and I used to see them eating all those foods that they never liked.

I would wonder as to how people could even think of dieting and I used to tell myself “I will never diet. We get one life and we should eat what we love. ” 🙂

Not only that I would advise people that we should rather follow an exercising routine than going on the strict diet.

But some things are not meant to happen the way we want it to.

instant whipped cream berries recipe

Just after 3 years of marriage, I became pregnant and I put on a lot of weight. Due to some restrictions, I was also told that post pregnancy I shouldn’t do any exercise immediately. And hence, I gained, even more, weight.

Eventually, I had to decide to go on a diet. For the first time, I went on a diet called the “GM Diet”. It was one difficult thing to do, though I lost a lot of weight.

After a month, I have gained all the weight again. That’s when I decided on going on the “Low carb diet”.

During my low carb diet, I made a lot of yummy low carb dishes which included the main course, snacks, and drinks.

Trust me this time I enjoyed my diet.

You know why?

instant whipped cream berries recipe

Because for the first time, I loved all the low carb food that I made during the diet and at the same time, I also lost a lot of weight.

Don’t worry I will be sharing all those diet recipes with you all.

Dieting actually works when you want to lose weight quickly. But once you have done dieting, it is important that you balance your diet, eat healthy food, exercise regularly and make it your lifestyle. If you don’t do that, all of the dietings that you went through will be in vain.

So today I am sharing one of that recipe which I prepared during my dieting period and that is called “Instant Whipped Cream and Berries Recipe”. This is a very simple low carb dessert. It tastes delicious and takes only a few minutes to prepare.

Instant Whipped Cream and Berries Recipe

This recipe is a low carb-high fat recipe. We are using whipped cream in this one which has a lot of fat in it. And since we are starving our body of carbohydrates, we are substituting the energy requirements with fat in our diet.

This dessert tastes really good and if you add a few peanuts to it, the crunchiness feels and tastes even better.

We have used strawberries in this recipe but you can use any berry. We would recommend not using berries that are very sweet because these will have high quantity of sugar in it which in a carbohydrate that we want to avoid, for sure.

Go ahead, make this recipe and let me know if you liked it.

Instant Whipped Cream and Berries Recipe

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • Fresh Strawberries – 1 cup
  • Whipping cream – 2/3 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Peanuts – 1 teaspoon

Method

  1. Whip the heavy cream till it becomes fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Now add some peanuts and mix.
  4. Cut strawberries in to halves and serve along with this yummy cream.
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