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Spice Up Your Meals: Homemade Jackfruit Pickle Recipe

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Spice Up Your Meals: Homemade Jackfruit Pickle Recipe

If you’re looking to add a burst of flavor to your meals, look no further than homemade jackfruit pickle. This tangy and spicy condiment is a staple in many South Asian cuisines, and it's perfect for those who love experimenting with bold flavors. At Divine Bite, we believe in celebrating the diversity of global flavors, and our jackfruit pickle recipe is a testament to that.


Why Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a versatile fruit that is becoming increasingly popular in global kitchens. Known for its meaty texture when unripe and its sweet, tropical flavor when ripe, jackfruit is a powerhouse of nutrition. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making it a healthy addition to your diet. When transformed into a pickle, jackfruit takes on a new dimension, offering a unique combination of tanginess, spiciness, and a hint of sweetness.


Ingredients

To create this delicious jackfruit pickle, you’ll need:

  • Unripe Jackfruit: 500 grams, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • Mustard Oil: 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chili Powder: 2 tablespoons
  • Fenugreek Seeds: 1 teaspoon
  • Fennel Seeds: 1 teaspoon
  • Nigella Seeds (Kalonji): 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds: 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida (Hing): a pinch
  • Salt: to taste
  • Vinegar: 1 cup
  • Sugar: 2 tablespoons (optional, for a hint of sweetness)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Jackfruit: Start by peeling and cutting the unripe jackfruit into small, bite-sized pieces. Boil these pieces in salted water until they are tender but still firm. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Dry Spices: In a large mixing bowl, combine the turmeric powder, red chili powder, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, nigella seeds, mustard seeds, and asafoetida. Mix well.
  3. Heat the Oil: Heat mustard oil in a large pan until it starts to smoke. This step is crucial as it mellows the pungency of the mustard oil. Allow the oil to cool slightly before adding the spices to prevent burning.
  4. Cook the Spices: Add the mixed spices to the slightly cooled oil and sauté for a few minutes until they release their aroma.
  5. Combine the Ingredients: Add the boiled jackfruit pieces to the spiced oil and mix thoroughly to ensure each piece is well-coated with the spice mixture.
  6. Add Vinegar and Sugar: Pour in the vinegar and add sugar if you prefer a slight sweetness to balance the tangy and spicy flavors. Stir well to combine.
  7. Simmer: Allow the mixture to simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The jackfruit should absorb the flavors, and the oil should start to separate from the pickle.
  8. Cool and Store: Remove from heat and let the pickle cool completely. Transfer it to a sterilized jar and ensure the jackfruit pieces are submerged in oil to preserve the pickle.
  9. Mature the Pickle: For the best flavor, let the pickle mature for at least a week before serving. Store it in a cool, dark place and refrigerate after opening.


Serving Suggestions

Jackfruit pickle is incredibly versatile and can elevate a variety of dishes. Here are a few serving ideas:

  • With Rice and Dal: A classic combination in Indian cuisine, jackfruit pickle adds a spicy kick to the simple flavors of rice and lentils.
  • On Sandwiches and Wraps: Use it as a spread or filling to add a burst of flavor to your sandwiches and wraps.
  • As a Side: Serve it alongside grilled meats, curries, or even cheese platters for an exotic twist.

Conclusion

Homemade jackfruit pickle is a delightful way to introduce bold, tangy, and spicy flavors to your meals. With this recipe from Divine Bite, you can enjoy a taste of traditional South Asian cuisine right in your kitchen. So, spice up your meals and impress your taste buds with this delicious and easy-to-make condiment.

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