Chakka Vevichathu. The Health Food Jackfruit

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.

Chakka Vevichathu. The Health Food Jackfruit

Chocolate! Bitter, But Not So Bitter.

Chocolate has a new personality with the finding that the dark variety is a health food. But extreme dark is bitter.

When I was growing up, chocolate was a much sought after delight. But we were always warned that it was not good for health.

That’s when someone found out that dark chocolates are good for health. And to get some health benefits, it has to be a good percentage of cocoa.

When I was working in London, the best way of commuting was the British Rail, both suburban and underground. And I was always amused at the line of passengers in front of the utility shop at the station queuing up for a newspaper, coffee and chocolate.

And when i board the first train, my fellow passengers would be sipping the coffee, reading the newspaper and taking a bite at the chocolate. They would have been in the shop queue for 15 minutes and the only thing that i was interested in their acquisitions was the chocolate. But no one talked or smiled at a co-passenger as the tight lip was the norm.

And I heard that in Scotland they used to fry chocolate in batter like banana fritters.

I am citing the British experience to just say that it provoked my interest in chocolates.

And now a wellness/ fitness freak, the compromise has to be the dark chocolate.

But the extra bitter is way too bitter and the other local option is the 50% Cadbury Bournville which is sweet and somewhat unhealthy.

That’s when I saw this 75% one from Amul.

Amul, by the way is an Indian brand and more so as it was the brainchild of my namesake (Kurian) and hence closer to heart.

It’s good, it’s huge with all of 30 slabs and is 150 grams in weight. They have just introduced several taste variants like orange, fruity and even green tea.

The best thing is that it’s only ₹125 ($1.75) for all those 30 tiles.

Well done Amul.

Chocolate! Bitter, But Not So Bitter.