Chakka (Jackfruit) vevichathu is officially recognised as health food with virtues including lowering of blood sugar.
In season, Jackfruit is plenty available in Kerala, but it’s only part of the story. It’s not easy to get to the eatable part of the giant fruit, even if you’re lucky to get it down the huge trees.
Ripe Jackfruit is easier to cut, easier only to the raw one. And the raw one is the healthier food and vevichathu, which is part of the original staple food of Kerala is the best.
Our people in the villages have the right tools and skills to rip open the fruit and to get the delicious final cooked product on to the dining table.
But I know, my curiosity and passion for Jackfruit delicacies like chips, unda, ada etc almost died when I struggled with the whole fruit when I made them.
In that backdrop, I was delighted to see this ready made, easy to cook product on the supermarket shelf.
It’s made by a plantation giant of tea gardens and rubber estates. They have plenty of Jackfruit trees and the brand carries it’s weight.
It’s tasty, easy to make and I am happy trying it today. Just put the stuff in boiling water for about 5 minutes and it’s ready.
Great stuff indeed.