Jackfruit Seed Recipes
Jackfruit seeds are delicious, nutritious, and versatile. They taste great fried, roasted, boiled, baked, or even raw.
But most people never get around to eating them because they’re not a common ingredient.
Jackfruit seeds are not only delicious, nutritious, and healthy, but they also make a fantastic snack.
In this article, we’ll be sharing several jackfruit seed recipes, from basic roasted jackfruit seeds to curry and more!
Introduction Jackfruit Seeds
Did you know that Jackfruit is the world’s largest tree-borne fruit?
This healthy fruit can are primarily grown in tropical regions of the world like Southeast Asia, South America, Australia, and the Caribbean.
Jackfruit seeds are small, round fruits that grow inside that amazing fruit. They’re similar to pine nuts, except they’re edible.
The seeds are used in many Asian dishes, including curries, soups, salads and stir-fried dishes. In fact, some people eat them raw because they’re considered healthy and nutritious.
However, it can be messy to deal with Jackfruit since they’re spiky, sticky, and can weigh up to 80 lbs.
So, most people don’t bother eating them, or even if they do, they toss the seeds and only eat the fleshy part of the fruit.
You can eat jackfruit seeds raw or cooked.
Preparation: Cutting Jackfruit And Getting The Jackfruit Seeds
Make sure to get a ripe jackfruit; they’re the best ones to use for eating and cooking.
- Take precautions for the sap. Jackfruit sap can be messy and even ruin your things. Put some oil in your knife and chopping board. Jackfruits are big, so choose a bigger knife.
Also, cover your workspace with plastic wrap and wear latex gloves.
- Lay the Jackfruit horizontally and slice the fruit into segments of about 1.5 inches disks. Apply more oil as you go.
- Remove the core on the disks by cutting around the core.
- Open up the disk by cutting a line on the skin and lay the flat strip of Jackfruit to expose the pods upright.
- Begin to pull the edible fruit pods away from the skin strip with your hands.
- Squeeze or open the pods to expose and remove the seeds.
You can eat the delicious fruit pods raw or add them to different recipes.
Jackfruit Seed Recipes
Snack: Roasted Jackfruit Seeds
Roasting jackfruit seeds is one of the easiest ways to cook them. You can eat these roasted seeds as is as a snack or put them into salads and other dishes.
Roasting Over Stove
- Crack the fresh jackfruit seeds slightly using and pestle or any weight you have. This is to prevent the seeds from exploding while roasting.
- Add the cracked jackfruit seeds into a wok or pan over medium-high heat
- Mix and cover the pan for a while to cook the seeds
- Stir occasionally to avoid burning
Roasting In Oven
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Crack the seeds slightly using and pestle or any weight you have. This is to prevent the seeds from exploding while roasting.
- Place the seed on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Roast in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 F.
- Occasionally stir or flip the seeds for even roasting.
Continue roasting while stirring until the skin is cracked and blistered.
You can also check by piercing the seed with a fork. If the fork can easily pierce the seed, it’s done.
The texture of the seeds will differ depending on the length of roasting.
If you cook Jackfruit longer, they get a taste like chestnut and have a potato-like dry texture.
They will be more moist and creamy if you roast them less.
You can remove the skin while it’s still warm or remove them as you eat.
Meal: Jackfruit Seed Coconut Curry
You can never go wrong with curry! And jackfruit seeds are just as versatile as curry, so they go well together. You can enjoy this recipe with rice, chapati, naan or pita bread.
- 1 1/2 cup jackfruit seeds
- 3/4 cups water
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic diced
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 tbsp fresh coconut milk
- olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Boil the jack fruit seeds in water for about 20 minutes.
- Drain Jackfruit, and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
- When the seeds are cool enough to touch, peel and discard the outer skin and discard. Set the seeds aside.
- In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium-high and saute the onion on it for about 10 minutes
- Add and mix in the peeled, boiled jackfruit seeds, garlic, ginger, tomato paste, garam masala powder, and water.
- Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Finally, add in the coconut milk and spinach. Simmer for a short while until the spinach is wilted.
- Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Dessert: Sweet Jackfruit Seed
This is a nutritious and sweet Sandesh recipe that is easy to make and something anyone can enjoy! This dessert can last 4 to 5 days in the fridge.
- 100g Jackfruit seeds
- 5 teaspoons (25g) Milk powder
- 5 teaspoons (25g) of Sugar
- Ghee or butter
- A pinch of Cardamom or Elaichi powder
- Almond nut (optional)
- Boil the jackfruit seeds in water for about 20 minutes.
- Drain the excess water from the boiled Jackfruit, and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
- When the seeds are cool enough to touch, peel and discard the outer skin and brown layer then discard.
- Mash the seeds and mix in the milk powder and sugar or if available, blend them in your food processor.
- Put ghee or butter and the mashed jackfruit seeds in a non-stick pan and cook for about 10 minutes.
- After ten minutes, remove the mixture from heat and add a pinch of cardamom powder; mix well.
- Portion the mixture into small parts and shape them into ovals.
- Garnish with almond in the centre, and you’re done!
We hope these recipes help open up your heart and taste buds into liking jackfruit seeds if you still haven’t.
So that next time you get your hands on a jackfruit, you won’t have to toss out the seeds.
See you in another article!