I always teased my sisters for being jack fruit freaks, during our childhood. They would admire the skin, knock on the skin to check whether it is ripen, and play with the pulp and seeds. My mom would take of the pulp and store in refrigerator for the future use, I would simply pass a comment on all of these. Now I realize, how the process of getting the fresh fruit from the tree to getting the pulp and the seed and storing it for the rest of the year was an integral part of our summer and relishing the variety of desserts created from this king fruit was culture.
I am nostalgic when I start writing about the jackfruit memories, my sisters still being huge fans of jackfruit, and over the time I learnt to appreciate the fruit, and love and care my parents pour on to save this fruit and the intention underneath it. And one dessert I got to taste often even now is the jactfruit steamed cake or kadabu, that mom makes, whenever we visit her place in season.
This post is for you aayi, for your infinite love for your children and grandchildren, tireless endeavour in giving without condition…and I really can not put more in words without being carried away with emotions.
Facts about Jack fruit:
- Controls high blood pressure/asthama
- Provides instant energy
- Manages the thyroid issues
- 1 cup jack fruit pulp
- 1/2 cup rice soaked
- 1/2 cup organic jaggery
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of cardamom powder
- *2-3 banana leaves
Grind the jack fruit flesh (without seeds) in a food processor to get a smooth pulp. Soak the rice and grind it to make coarse powder (almost like khus khus).
Mix all the ingredients together and stir it until well combined. Over mixing will not harm the final outcome.
Grease the 9 inch pan with clarified butter or ghee (If you prefer to make it vegan, use the non stick mold or use vegetable oil for greasing) and pour the batter in it.
Steam it for 15 – 20 minutes o low-medium heat. Keep checking the doness after 15 minutes. Once done switch of the flame and let the cake stand in the vessel for another 20 minutes.
* Steaming the batter in banana leaves give a unique and a very mild flavor to the cake. If you have access to banana leaves, prepare a cylinder shape unit from the leaves and pour the batter in it. And then steam these units for 15-20 minutes. (Refer the above picture to get a clear idea on preparation of banana leaves) **Health tips are not the remedies neither to be treated as absolute medicines.
Serve it hot with ghee or ice cream of your choice or enjoy as is.